The legendary coaching career of Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is most likely destined for a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame with his countless accolades. The former longtime head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles also served as a coordinator early in his career with the Green Bay Packers, working with some of the best quarterbacks in the league’s history.
Reid appeared on the “All NFL” podcast hosted by Brian Baldinger and Anthony Gargano to discuss his fortune of coaching several Pro Bowl quarterbacks in his career.
“Yeah, well, all those guys [were] really good players before I ever had anything to do with them,” Reid explained. “I would tell you this is no different than anything else. It’s a people business, and how you treat these guys, I think, is important. Listening, I think, is important.
“Not everybody’s [a] good [listener]. We get in a coaching position, and sometimes, we feel like we have to tell the storyteller and not not the listener. So there’s a time and a place for that. And then all we’ve tried to do is utilize their strengths and better their weaknesses.”
Brett Favre, Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick, Alex Smith, and Patrick Mahomes earned Pro Bowl honors while working with Reid throughout his career.
“I don’t think there’s any secret sauce. I’ve been lucky enough to get them when they were young,” Reid said. “I think that’s important; other than Alex (Smith) and Michael (Vick), these guys were fairly fresh in the league, and they didn’t have all that NFL scar tissue that you can get, they wanted to be great and (I was) very fortunate. Michael, too, was coming back from his jail stint. Then Alex was benched, so both of those guys wanted to show that we’re still pretty good players. And that, you know, that helped.”
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The revitalization part of Reid’s work with the veterans looking for a new opportunity to prove themselves has added to his prestige. He will always have nostalgia against his former team, the Eagles, as the Chiefs will host them on Monday night football.