Andy Reid was calm during early storm

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The “Andy Reid can’t coach in the playoffs” takes were loaded and ready to fire. Some went off prematurely.

And then something strange happened. He began to. In his own way.

There wasn’t a lot of yelling and screaming and flapping of arms from the veteran coach, but he made sure to make clear to his Chiefs players that all was not well, and they needed to get back to work when they fell into a 24-0 hole to the Texans yesterday.

“He can’t just stand there and say, ‘We got it, we got it,'” Chiefs right tackle Mitchell Schwartz said, via Tim Keown of ESPN.com. “What he said was, ‘You got to keep playing, and keep battling it out.'”

To hear Reid tell it, it was very simple.

“It was about settling down and calming the storm,” Reid said. “No need to panic, just fix the problems.”

They clearly did that, as the Chiefs ripped off touchdowns on seven straight possessions to come back for an amazing 51-31 win over.

But because it’s the playoffs and because it’s Andy Reid, the expectation was different.

He’s seventh on the all-time coaching wins list with 207, and a few months away from passing Paul Brown (213) for sixth. But he’s still below .500 in the postseason (13-14), and he’s never won a Super Bowl, which his critics use to ignore his incredible work over a 21-year career.

But in the face of a game which seemed to validate those prejudices, Reid kept his cool.

“I always think we’re going to be OK,” he said. “Fix the problem and let’s go.”

Asked what was going through his mind when the Texans went up 24-0, he replied: “I was thinking we need to score some points.”

It’s as simple as that.

13 responses to “Andy Reid was calm during early storm

  1. I wonder if Andy knew “Fix the problem and let’s go” would result in the Chiefs outscoring the Texans 51-7?

    As a Texans fan, it was painful for me to watch. As a football fan, I’m glad I got to see it!

    Go Chiefs!!

  2. Reid going to have to do far better with a Pure Pocket QB (Tanehill) and a emerging Titans D !

    After placing the brakes on Jackson the only thing that gets the Cheifs by is their speed if Maholmes can get the ball out VERY quickly !!!

    It going to be one hell of a game ! Hopefully the Chiefs can run the ball because the Titans will , Ball Management !

  3. Jon Benton says:

    January 13, 2020 at 8:12 am

    Reid going to have to do far better with a Pure Pocket QB (Tanehill) and a emerging Titans D !

    After placing the brakes on Jackson the only thing that gets the Cheifs by is their speed if Maholmes can get the ball out VERY quickly !!!

    It going to be one hell of a game ! Hopefully the Chiefs can run the ball because the Titans will , Ball Management !
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    I don’t think you will see the Chiefs run or Ball manage anything. They will do just as they did against the Texans. Score as quick and efficient as possible and hope the defense holds a couple of times. The last time the Chiefs played TN they got a 3 score lead then tried to manage the clock and it failed. They can’t match TN in running the ball to control the clock.

  4. With all of the speed that Andy Reid and the Chiefs have they are going to be hard to beat. I just hope Andy’s one former assistant coach Doug Pederson learns from Andy and the Chiefs and goes out and gets alot more speed on offense and don’t draft anymore slow wide receivers that don’t get open.

  5. Reid going to have to do far better with a Pure Pocket QB (Tanehill) and a emerging Titans D !
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    I seriously doubt the Chiefs will give the Titans six extra possessions. 3 Lamar turnovers and 3 turnovers on downs.
    Titans could only muster a 16 pt win with six extra possessions? Not impressed. Derrick Henry is a monster and a clock-eater though.

  6. Mahomes deserves a lot of credit too. After they were down 24-0 he was on the sidelines doing his best to motivate the offense. That says a lot since the offense had done nothing but screw up until that point–including his receivers dropping easy catches.

  7. I hate saying this because in general I think QBs get too much credit and blame, but Reid has never had a QB as good as Maholmes. Last season was an OT loss to the Patriots in the Conf. Championship game so even though Maholmes wasn’t as great in the playoffs he’s getting better. They need to get off to a better start than they have in the past, but I think this comeback win was a huge confidence boost for the team. That confidence should make everyone play better.

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