Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid tops an ignominious list even though he can pull it off.
Reid has the most career wins of any coach in non-championship NFL history. In fact, every coach who has won more games than Reid has multiple championships. For years, Marty Schottenheimer was the prime example of a coach who won a lot in the regular season but failed to win a title. Reid has passed Schottenheimer on the all-time winning list this season.
Reid’s quest for a Super Bowl begins again Sunday when his Chiefs host the Houston Texans, a game that can be streamed live on the Yahoo Sports app.
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This is Reid’s 15th appearance in the playoffs. We know how the first 14 ended.
Andy Reid among the NFL greats
Reid is undoubtedly an excellent coach. He has a better career winning percentage than Tom Landry, Chuck Noll and Bill Parcells among others. He recorded three lost seasons in 21 years coaching the Philadelphia Eagles and Chiefs. He’s won double-digit games in five straight seasons and six of seven seasons with the Chiefs.
Only seven coaches in the history of professional football have won more than 200 matches, and that’s the who’s who of legendary coaches:
Don Shula, 328 wins, 2 championships
George Halas, 318 wins, 6 championships
Bill Belichick, 273 wins, 6 championships
Tom Landry, 250 wins, 2 championships
Curly Lambeau, 226 wins, 6 championships
Paul Brown, 213 wins, 7 championships
Andy Reid, 207 wins, 0 championship
Yes, one number on this list really stands out. Reid’s footballing legacy won’t be complete without a title. Only three Super Bowl era coaches made the Super Bowl ringless professional football hall of fame: Marv Levy, Bud Grant and George Allen. Levy and Grant have each won four conference championships. Reid only has one.
Maybe Reid will be in the Hall of Fame without a championship. But a Super Bowl title would practically win it.
Reid’s Chiefs have a good chance of winning a title
There are the cheap jokes about Reid’s clock handling and playoff failures, and that won’t go away until he wins a title.
This Chiefs team has a chance. They took a big break when the New England Patriots were upset in Week 17, opening the door for them to a first-round pass. The Chiefs have a fantastic offense led by Patrick Mahomes and a defense that has played much better in the second half of the season. While Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson presents unique challenges for the Chiefs, Kansas City is set to win and advance to the AFC Championship game for the second straight season. It won’t be easy to win a Super Bowl, but the Chiefs are one of the best favorites to do so.
And if the Chiefs get angry on Sunday, or lose before the Super Bowl, or even lose in the Super Bowl, the jokes and criticism will start again. There is only one way to end this. No one has more to win these playoffs than Reid.
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