Andy Reid’s career is the opposite of Bill Belichick’s

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Andy Reid’s career is the opposite of Bill Belichick’s – Gudstory

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Now, in his sixth straight AFC title game, Andy Reid is making up for lost time after struggling to get over the hump during his decade-and-change in Philadelphia. The revered Chiefs coach is a talented play-caller who has led Kansas City to three Super Bowls, two Lombardi Trophies and has them on the verge of winning a fourth Super Bowl. Patrick Mahomes is chasing his own Brady ghosts, but Reid is the mastermind behind the operation. It took some time, but as Bill Belichick pushed for a new job where he would have to develop a quarterback, Reid finally built his football utopia.

The Chiefs offense may have come into play Macnab years. Kansas City’s divestment in receivers through the draft resembles the bodies coaching staffs have fielded in Philadelphia at receiver for years. Mahomes is throwing to a variety of receivers with stone hands, rookies in Rashee Rice and Travis Kelce off into the sunset. This time, Reid has a midfielder capable of elevating his makeshift attack.

Reid is a diamond who has shined on the field across multiple generations. From Don Shula to Belichick, Vince Lombardi, Bill Walsh, Jimmy Johnson, Chuck Noll, John Madden and Tom Landry, dynasties were the young coach’s game.

Belichick began winning Super Bowls with Brady when he made 51 trips around the sun in his ledger. As he approaches his 72nd birthday, it remains to be seen whether Belichick has the ability to build another winner. Pete Carroll is the patron saint of the late Bloomers, having been canned by the Patriots and hired as the last option for a moribund USC program as he entered his early 50s. Reid won his first episode with Mahomes four years ago At the age of 61 years.

Now, he is the head of football illusion in his 60s. Most coaches’ careers peak early. For comparison’s sake, Noll coached the Steelers before his 50th birthday. Don Shula is Reid’s closest counterpart, having reached Super Bowls in three straight years in his early 40s and leading his first undefeated season at age 42 with the ’72 Dolphins. At age 50, Shula has reinvented himself to suit Dan Marino’s strengths. But even he retired without winning another Super Bowl before becoming eligible for Social Security benefits.

Landry developed a 4-3 defense while still in his 30s and won most of Dallas’ NFL, Super Bowls and NFC championships before he was 60 years old. Vince Lombardi died at the age of 57 before he could develop any momentum in his second stop with Washington, but he did enough to get his name named to the coveted Super Bowl trophy. Joe Gibbs was a major contributor to the emergence of the Air Coryell offense in his 30s, then retired for the first time with three Super Bowls on his resume at the age of 52. Bill Walsh is the oldest coaching gem, having coached the Niners at age 48 and then winning four titles over the course of a decade.

Reed, 65, can theoretically continue winning into his seventies. In a different league, Gregg Popovich was drafted after the San Antonio Spurs drafted Victor Wimpanyama. Mahomes has been equally instrumental in Reid’s legacy. His coaching tenure has surpassed Landry levels of longevity, and Mahomes has emerged as the golden ticket that can propel him to Belichick’s level.

Put Reid in a pickle and he’ll plan his exit. Sure, he’s had some missteps in game management over the years, but his skill at crafting explosive offenses outweighs his flaws. Belichick has a chance to top the all-time wins list, but Reid is closing in on him. Reid trails Belichick by 44 wins in the regular season wins column. Including the postseason, Belichick’s margin over Reid extends to 51 wins, but Mahomes and Reid are gaining ground quickly.

Reid does have one advantage over Belichick: He has never failed at any stop as a head coach. His only losing seasons were a 5-11 campaign during his inaugural season in charge of Philadelphia and a 4-12 season. Beyond the Dream Team disaster.

In two stops, he compiled winning percentages over 60 percent and became the most respected coach in the history of both franchises. Belichick still has a failed stint in Cleveland on his resume, and his four post-Brady seasons tarnish his legacy. Reid and Belichick both average more than 11 wins per season, but the latter has coached four more seasons and is six years his senior. Reed also had his golden ticket to a late career breakthrough.

By then, Reid could become the first septuagenarian coach of a Super Bowl champion and continue the assault on the record books and Belichick’s legacy.

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