Andy Reid keeps complaining after Chiefs' loss, which is why he's not as good as Belichick

Alex Reimer
January 22, 2019 - 12:53 pm

Before we close the book on the Chiefs, it’s worth scrutinizing Andy Reid one more time, if only to give us another reminder of what separates a very good coach from the best ever.

There’s little doubt Reid is one of the best football coaches of his generation. His career record is a sterling 320-195 and he’s compiled 12 career playoff wins with the Eagles and Chiefs. But he’s only made it to one Super Bowl and is 1-5 in conference championship games. Up to this point, most of us have put the blame for Reid’s January shortcomings on his putrid record of late-game clock management. But in the aftermath of the Patriots’ 37-31 victory over the Chiefs Sunday, he’s showing lots of losers’ lament. It’s hard to envision Bill Belichick participating in this kind of kvetching.

On Monday, Reid spoke to the Kansas City press and addressed Dee Ford’s neutral-zone infraction, which mitigated Charvarius Ward’s game-clinching interception off Tom Brady. Instead of placing the blame on Ford, who did not stay onside, Reid criticized the referees for making the call.

"Normally, you're warned and the coaches are warned if somebody is doing that before they throw it in a game of that magnitude," Reid said, via NFL Media's James Palmer. "But they did. And he didn't waste any time doing it. He didn't wait until the interception to throw it. He had his hand on the flag right from the get go and he saw it from his angle and he thought it was the call."

So Reid wanted the referee to see the result of the play before throwing the flag? Ford was either offside or he wasn’t. That doesn’t make a lot of sense.

Reid also seemingly jabbed at the NFL’s overtime rule, saying it’s most important to have a good coin-flipper. “First you have to be a good coin-flipper, if not then you got to get a stop," he said.”

Taking thinly veiled shots at the overtime rules after your defense allowed three 3rd-and-10 conversions in pretty weak. Tony Romo could figure out where Brady was going with the ball in OT –– either Julian Edelman over the middle or Rob Gronkowski on the outside. Why couldn’t Reid and now-former defensive coordinator Bob Sutton?

Belichick’s commonly uttered refrain about the need to coach better seems to apply to the Chiefs’ staff performance Sunday. It doesn’t appear as if Reid is holding his players or staff accountable. 

Patrick Mahomes is great. But he may have to shed Reid before realizing his Super Bowl potential. 

Related: Andy Reid criticizes offsides call late in AFC championship, which kept Patriots alive