Andy Reid: Where does he stack up in the Chiefs’ coaching legacy?

We are halfway through the fifth season with Andy Reid as the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs and I have begun to examine where he may stand in the franchise’s rankings of coaches.

I have to put him as one of the Chiefs’ four best all-time coaches. He is one of only four Chiefs coaches to have a winning record during their tenure. Hank Stram, Marty Schottenheimer and Dick Vermeil were the others with above .500 records with the Chiefs and lead them to the playoffs.

Reid’s got a long way to go to catch Schottenheimer’s record of 101 regular season victories.  He had only one losing season with the Chiefs, going 7-9 in 1998, which was his final year in KC.

Vermeil was here only four years, compiling a 44-36 record, but had only one winning season and one team making the playoffs.

He wasn’t here long enough to be considered the greatest, so Andy Reid may be at least considered above him.

The final measuring is not just what happens during the 16- game schedule, but afterwards. Reid is currently 1-3 with KC in the post-season and an overall 11-12 playoff record. Andy Reid did take Philadelphia to Super Bowl XXXIX, only to fall short 24-21 to the New England Patriots. He is 22 regular season wins away from joining Marty Schottenheimer as the only head coaches to have 200-plus victories and a losing playoff record. Marty went 3-7 in the playoffs with KC and 5-13 overall. He never got to the Super Bowl.

Stram lead the Chiefs to three AFL championships and two Super Bowl appearances, including a loss to the Green Bay Packers in the first. Stram, a Hall of Fame coach, is the only KC coach to have a winning record in the postseason. He arguably will be considered our all best head coach largely due to the fact we have our one and only Lombardi trophy due to Hank at the helm.

Reid, too, may be inducted into the Hall, but let’s hope he can take the Chiefs to where Stram did – the Super Bowl. Then he could leapfrog Stram or Schottenheimer on this list.

Last month I asked if the Chiefs are good or great. We were 4-0 at the time and looked like this might be a year to go far, but losses to Pittsburgh and Oakland let the air out of the sails of the momentum.

Kansas City fans are appreciative of the competitive product at Arrowhead, but are starving for a home playoff win and a Super Bowl appearance. They look for leadership and hope Reid can make that happen.

In order to be ranked first in the hearts and minds of KC fans, Andy Reid will probably have to get us the trophy that has eluded KC for almost 50 years. Even if he coaches the Chiefs to multiple winning seasons, division titles and a couple of playoff victories, only Stram will be considered number one. Marty compiled a .635 winning percentage during his 10 years in Kansas City, but we never got to the Super Bowl. Stram, who died in 2005, is in the NFL Hall Of Fame.

Andy Reid gives hope by leading us to winning seasons; that much is true. Most football fans outside of KC would love him to coach their team. It’s time for him to get over the hump and be fitted for a Super Bowl ring and have a parade in downtown Kansas City. Without it he will be just another Schottenheimer.

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Article by James Peuster. You can contact him at James@theroutepro.com.

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