As long-time Eagles coach Andy Reid prepares to return to Philadelphia for the Thursday night launch of Week Three, Reid’s successor realizes that the new Chiefs coach has a bit of an edge.
“Andy was here for a long time with those guys,” Kelly told reporters on Tuesday, via quotes distributed by the team. “So if you know what they’re good at. . . . But he doesn’t know our scheme and how we deploy those guys. So he may have little ins and outs. There is a familiarity. He’s familiar with [defensive end] Trent [Cole]. He’s familiar with [linebacker] DeMeco [Ryans] and familiar with those guys. But the scheme defensively has changed. The scheme offensively has changed. The scheme [on] special teams has changed. So maybe from how fast a guy is to some of those things from a physical standpoint, I know he’s probably got an intimate knowledge from the guys on the team.”
That doesn’t mean Kelly believes Reid won’t be able to figure things out.
“I have great respect for Andy,” Kelly said. “He was the head coach here for 14 years, and if you’re a coach in the NFL, anybody that coaches at one spot for 14 years you look to them and say, ‘Holy smokes.’ You just walk down the hallways and look at the division championships won here, the conference championships, and what he’s done. He’s had a huge impact on this organization, and I’ve got a ton of respect for him. There are not a lot of guys out there in this profession that have carried themselves from a coaching standpoint when you get to be around him like Andy Reid. I’ve got all the respect in the world for him. It’s exciting to go get a chance to go compete against him and it should be a lot of fun.”
It definitely will be a lot of fun to watch. It could be something other than fun for the guy who ran the show for nearly a decade and a half, and for the guy who is trying to replace him.