The Andy Reid EffectJanuary 3rd, 2014
There are always hot trends that NFL owners seem to chase like Joe would sprint after Rachel Watson if she were on the market.
This year, one of those was the Andy Reid Effect. The Chiefs, a rather conservative organization, hired Reid before they secured a general manager and gave him their blessing this offseason to do whatever to craft a fast winner. With the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Chiefs are now in the playoffs.
NFL.com scribe Albert Breer penned a feature today about how Reid is happy distancing himself from many personnel matters, unlike his heavy dual role in Philadelphia. In Kansas City, Reid got the general manager he always wanted, and Breer references that Chiefs boss Clark Hunt has a non-traditional executive structure that suits Reid.
The Chiefs chairman tweaked the team’s structure this year to allow for more open communication. Instead of the coach reporting to the GM, and the GM reporting to Hunt, both now report to him.
Reid has been freed of the enormous amount of responsibility he had in Philadelphia, where he had gradually ceded key on-field and classroom duties to trusted offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg as his role shifted closer to that of a general manager than a head football coach.
By the end, he said, “I’d turned everything over to Marty, who did a phenomenal job for me and had a great year this year (with the Jets), by the way. I just wanted to get back to doing football. I missed it. And in the offseason, I was spending most of my time — or, really, all of my time — doing personnel. And that’s when a lot of things take place on the offensive side. Probably a bit selfish, but I love coaching, and I’d taken myself out of it for the most part.”
Like the Chiefs roster of 2012, the Bucs of 2013 were loaded with talent.
Joe suspects that fact wasn’t lost on Team Glazer. While Team Glazer surely liked the trust and respect factor Lovie Smith brings to the table, they likely were looking to duplicate the quick fix that retread Reid brought to Kansas City. And it couldn’t hurt their perception seeing Jeff Fisher building a physical, young team on the rise in St. Louis — a team that clobbered the Bucs each of the past two years.
Joe’s already speculated that the speed of the Lovie hire was very much about power. During the interview process, Joe is confident Lovie told Team Glazer his exact plan to build the Bucs offense, from personnel to coaches. And Team Glazer promised him he’ll get what he wants.
Just like it’s Andy Reid’s team in Kansas City. The Bucs are now Lovie’s team in Tampa. And if he, too, can turn out a nothing-too-sexy, pound-the-rock, 11-5 playoff season next year in Tampa, then there will be dancing on Dale Mabry.