Andy Reid's Journey to Canton Got its Start in Green Bay

The Chiefs' Super Bowl win essentially guarantees Andy Reid will be enshrined in Canton, a journey that got its start in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Approximately 21 years ago, the Philadelphia Eagles hired a 40-year-old Andy Reid away from the Green Bay Packers to be their head coach.

Reid had been an assistant coach for various positions with the Packers under Mike Holmgren, a Bill Walsh disciple, but had never ascended to the position of offensive coordinator, a role occupied by Sherman Lewis during the entire Holmgren era. The choice on the part of the Eagles to bypass other candidates who had gone through the more tradidtional route of being a coordinator before becoming a head coach drew some scrutiny at the time, but ultimately the Eagles saw something in Reid that showed promise.

It didn't take long for Reid to instill a strong culture with the Eagles, making them one of the league's winningest teams of the 2000s. 

When Reid parted ways with the Eagles after the 2012 season to join the Chiefs, there were certainly not the same questions about Reid's ability to build a winner, but the move to Kansas City certainly was not without its detractors. Everyone knew the Chiefs would be getting a solid football coach, but there were those who feared the game may have begun to pass Reid by, or that he was simply incapable of guiding a team to a championship.

Reid quickly erased concerns as to whether or not the game had passed him by. The Chiefs have seen more consistent success under Reid than they have in decades, and a couple times even with Alex Smith at quarterback managed to look like legitimate contenders.

The ascension of Patrick Mahomes to come out of essentially nowhere to immediately be the best quarterback in the league changed everything for the Chiefs and for Reid. The combination of an otherworldly talent like Mahomes with an offensive mastermind and steady hand like Reid has proven to be incredibly dangerous. 

Reid had already built a potential Hall of Fame resume. He ranks seventh all time in regular season wins and sixth all time in postseason wins, and is one of very few coaches to have guided two teams to the Super Bowl. But coaches, more than players (even quarterbacks), have their careers defined by championship victories. A Super Bowl ring for Reid erases any doubt that he'd ever be enshrined in Canton.

What an incredible journey it's been for a beloved coach who got his NFL start in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Who could have foreseen this 21 years ago?

 

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Tim Backes is a lifelong Packer fan and a contributor to CheeseheadTV. Follow him on Twitter @timbackes for his Packer takes, random musings and Untappd beer check-ins.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

February 03, 2020 at 12:53 pm

I'm glad he got one. Reid is an All Time class act. Also this puts the Niners up for the Super Bowl losers let down season in 2020.

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Doug Niemczynski's picture

February 03, 2020 at 01:02 pm

Good for Andy!!!! Well deserved

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packerbackerjim's picture

February 03, 2020 at 01:41 pm

Confessional Disclosures: When I first saw Andy Reid as a QB coach my thought was he literally does not fit the mold of my what one looks like. How I had that preconception I’ll never know. A real lesson relearned—don’t judge a book by its cover.

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February 04, 2020 at 01:46 pm

He started as a O line coach in the business and was the TE coach for Holmgren before his promotion.

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CAG123's picture

February 03, 2020 at 01:42 pm

I don’t think any player has said a single negative thing about Reid even TO who has had his run ins with numerous coaches holds Reid in high esteem and calls him his favorite coach. Apparently Holmgren would threaten to fire Reid when Favre would change plays in the huddle to get him to stop doing it (hilarious story) because he loved Reid so much. The guy is the ultimate class act and he deserved every bit of this.

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February 03, 2020 at 01:43 pm

I am happy for Reid, but how does Atwater get in the HOF over LeRoy Butler , Butler had better career numbers.

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February 03, 2020 at 02:40 pm

I’m tired of this “surplus” excuse if they induct guys in when they’re supposed to it wouldn’t be a problem safety isn’t like the WR position where you have a bunch of good players that aren’t necessarily all time great (because Isaac Bruce wasn’t that damn great and neither was Cris Carter) up for induction every other year. It really is a position for true game changers or impact players.Butler should have been inducted especially over Atwater and I get the feeling Lynch is getting in over him as well.

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