Chiefs Coach Andy Is Just Dandy For QBs
By James Jennings
Andy Reid is nothing if not loyal. One of the most secure jobs in the NFL is being a quarterback under Reid.
One of Reid’s first moves after becoming head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999 was to use the second pick of the draft to select Donovan McNabb. Reid and the Eagles had their guy for the next 11 seasons.
Of course, success breeds loyalty, and Reid experienced a great deal of it sticking with McNabb. Over 11 seasons, they reached the NFC Championship game five times, including four straight from 2001-04. That run also included one Super Bowl appearance, where they narrowly lost to the heavily favored New England Patriots.
Despite the success, McNabb had his share of ups and downs over that time period. Even as it became apparent that McNabb’s skills were diminishing, Reid never wavered in his support of his guy.
In the wake of a first-round playoff exit in 2009, Reid still voiced his support for McNabb, saying he would remain the Eagles’ starter in 2010 despite having Michael Vick and Kevin Kolb chomping at the bit to take over the reins.
Ownership, however, had different plans and traded McNabb to Washington. Kevin Kolb won the starting job but soon lost it after suffering a concussion early in the 2010 season.
Reid turned to Vick, who turned in a stellar 2010 season, leading the Eagles to another playoff appearance.
Over the next two seasons, though, Vick was unable to duplicate his 2010 success. Yet, Reid stuck with his guy once again, even after a strong preseason from Nick Foles in 2012.
Prior to the start of the 2012 season, Reid was put on notice by Philadelphia ownership that another underachieving season would be unacceptable. Vick apparently did not get the memo and turned in a series of subpar performances.
Reid still stuck with Vick, though, even though pressure was coming o give Foles a shot. A Week 10 injury to Vick forced Reid to make the change. Three weeks later, Foles was named the starter for the remainder of the season.
Foles must have made an impression on Reid during that time. Reports have recently surfaced that Reid and the Chiefs are interested in making a trade for Foles. Apparently, Reid has found his new guy, although it remains to be seen whether the Eagles will part with their new starter.
The man charged with trying to convince the Eagles to part with Foles — or help find Reid’s next guy — is the Chiefs’ new general manager, John Dorsey.
Like Reid, Dorsey came up through the Green Bay Packers organization. The two worked together in Green Bay in the 1990s, before Reid moved to Philadelphia.
Dorsey spent 12 years as the Packers’ director of college scouting before being named director of football operations in 2012.
Dorsey should help the Chiefs where they have failed miserably in recent years — evaluating college talent. While in Green Bay, Dorsey played a key role in drafting eventual Pro Bowlers Aaron Rodgers (2005), B.J. Raji (2009), Clay Matthews (2009) and Greg Jennings (2006).