By Harry Allison
Former Eagles coach Andy Reid wasn’t known for his rapier-like wit during his 14-year reign in Philly, but he does know his way around food, which comes in handy in Kansas City, where he is now the Chiefs’ coach.
Reid described the feeling of calling a perfect play on offense, courtesy of the Kansas City Star:
“That’s a pretty good feeling,” Reid said with a wink. “That’s like a good cheeseburger.”
Following a purely average 2014 season, the 57-year-old certainly hopes the offense can find a little more of those cheeseburgers, especially after adding wide receiver Jeremy Maclin via free agency. Additionally, game-breaking speedster De’Anthony Thomas and tight end Travis Kelce should receive more targets this season.
Kansas City recorded 43 passing plays of 20-plus yards, which was only good enough for a five-way tie for 23rd in the NFL. The Chiefs added a more respectable 12 rushes of 20 or more, but the lack of explosive plays limited the offense’s ability to score points.
While Alex Smith is a decent quarterback, his “game manager” reputation leads to an execution-based offensive style that favors risk-averse situations. Consequently, Reid needs to call the perfect play in order for Kansas City to slash through a defense.
It won’t be easy, but with Maclin, Thomas and Kelce taking bigger roles, hopefully Reid finds more cheeseburgers in 2015.