All roads result in Reid.
Andy Reid has been the top coach of the Chiefs since 2013, however lengthy after his departure from the “City of Brotherly Love,” Reid’s fingerprints are nonetheless everywhere in the Eagles. In a way, form or type, Reid has been one thing of an invisible hand within the hiring of the group’s three head coaches since then — and its present beginning quarterback.
Chip Kelly, Doug Pederson and now Nick Sirianni all have some kind of bizarre six levels of Reid separation: While not a “coaching tree” per se, there’s some type of Reid connection between the final three head coaches and Reid, which ends up in the query: Why cannot the Eagles simply cannot stop Reid?
Here’s the bizarre Reid connection which has been current since he departed as head coach following the 2012 season.
The Reid relation? Followed Reid as Eagles head coach in 2013
Keeping with the theme of offensive innovation, Chip Kelly took over the Eagles in 2013 earlier than being fired following the 2015 season, rising out of a subject of almost a dozen teaching candidates to steer the Eagles into the post-Reid period.
Kelly, an extremely scorching teaching commodity from Oregon, was heralded for his superior, high-tempo offenses popping out of school, dropping simply seven video games as Ducks head coach between 2009 and 2012. The NFL was shifting increasingly in direction of a college-style sport, and Kelly was, seemingly, an excellent match on the time.
While the Chiefs and Reid break up after 13 seasons collectively, the divorce was something however acrimonious: In reality, Reid helped vet prime teaching candidates for the vacant Eagles job throughout the course of, together with Kelly, who finally landed the gig.
Kelly took the time to thank Reid in his introductory press conference.
“One person I want to thank, in terms of advice in this whole thing, is Andy Reid,” mentioned Kelly on the time of his hiring. “And the fact that Andy reached out to me and told me about his experience here just told me what this organization is all about. There’s not a classier guy.
“When Andy texted me (Wednesday) once I accepted the job, I advised him I had actually, actually, actually huge sneakers to fill. And in typical Andy vogue he mentioned, ‘Just be your self and you will be high quality.’ So I publicly simply wish to thank Andy, as a result of that basically spoke to me about what this group is all about.”
“I’ve an in depth sufficient relationship with Andy the place I can most likely eradicate some candidates if Andy felt that they weren’t ok in that sense,” owner Jeffrey Lurie said during the coaching search. “That’s how shut we’re. I do know what he feels about Chip Kelly and it is excellent.”
While the Kelly era didn’t last long — nor was it particularly successful — the Eagles again leaned on the Reid touch with their next hire.
The Reid relation? Chiefs OC below Reid (2013-15); Coached with Eagles between 2009-12; performed with Eagles in 1999 as Reid’s QB
Record as head coach: 42-37-1, received Super Bowl 52
A decade after he took snaps for the Eagles, Pederson was employed as Eagles offensive high quality management coach in 2009, finally working his method up the ranks to offensive coordinator, following Reid to the Chiefs in 2013.
In 2015, the Chiefs went on a 10-game streak to finish the season after beginning 1-5, thanks largely to Reid turning over playcalling duties to Pederson. Pederson would interview for, and get, the Eagles head teaching job.
The Eagles hiring a Reid disciple wasn’t precisely a shock, because the group tried to rekindle a few of the consistency and successful methods they’d below Reid. It would become fairly profitable, too. The Eagles would do one thing below Pederson that they’d not accomplished below Reid: Win a Super Bowl.
The Reid relation? Served below Pederson as OC between 2016 and 2017. Pederson served as Reid’s OC between 2013 and 2015.
Record as head coach: N/A
Reich was the Eagles’ OC for his or her Super Bowl successful season in 2016 beneath Pederson and caught with the group by way of 2017, finally getting the Colts head teaching job after Patriots OC Josh McDaniels backed out on the final second.
Reich’s teaching profession started in Indy, making jumps to Arizona and San Diego earlier than touchdown with the Eagles in 2016. The present Indy head coach introduced with him a former co-worker from San Diego to the Colts: present Eagles coach Nick Sirianni.
While Reich by no means immediately labored below Reid, working below a Reid disciple is the following neatest thing.
The Reid relation? Fired by Reid in 2013; Coached with Frank Reich in San Diego; employed by Reich as OC in Indianapolis in 2018
Record as head coach: 2-3
…Which brings us again to the present head coach of the Eagles.
Sirianni served below Reich because the Colts offensive coordinator between 2018 and 2020, finally being employed as Eagles head coach. Filling Reid’s (and to a unique extent, Pederson’s) sneakers as head coach is not the one hyperlink between the 2.
Coincidentally, he Sirianni had crossed paths with Reid earlier than: He was fired by “Big Red” when Reid took over the reins in Kansas City in 2013. Sirianni would later land with the Chargers in 2013, working alongside Reich. Sirianni has talked about prior to now that he is solely assembly with Reid was, coincidentally, when he was handed his strolling papers.
“Coach Reid was charged with the task of telling me I wasn’t working there anymore,” Sirianni mentioned not too long ago. “So, you know, but he was awesome. It was actually an awesome conversation I had with him. And I really respected the fact that he took time to meet with me, tell me what he had heard about me.”
And now he is walked all the best way into Reid’s former job in Philadelphia.
Wait … Jalen Hurts?
The Reid relation? Scouted by Chiefs, Reid earlier than the draft.
Oh, but it surely would not finish with the teaching ranks.
Current Eagles beginning quarterback was drafted by Philadelphia in 2020, however earlier than he was chosen by the Philly entrance workplace, brass reached out to a 3rd occasion to get an opinion on the Oklahoma passer. Who was it?
You guessed it — Andy Reid.
According to ESPN’s Tim McManus, the Eagles sought out Reid’s opinion on Hurts, and to additionally get his ideas on drafting a quarterback whereas having a longtime starter on the roster. That’s a state of affairs which Reid had confronted on a number of events in Philadelphia (drafting Kevin Kolb, signing Michael Vick with Donovan McNabb) in addition to in Kansas City (drafting somebody named Patrick Mahomes to take a seat behind Alex Smith).
McManus additionally stories that the Eagles have “long valued Reid’s opinion” — one thing that is fairly obvious, in case you’ve caught it out this far.
What a tangled internet we weave.