Facing his former team, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid reflects on what he loved most about coaching the Philadelphia Eagles for 14 years.
Andy Reid loves cheeseburgers.
But when Reid lived in Philadelphia, there was a local take on the cheesy meat-filled sandwich that captured his heart like nothing else: Reid was a big fan of the Philly Cheesesteak. Luckily for Reid, any spot in the city is good enough for the longtime Philadelphian.
“There wasn’t a cheesesteak there that I didn’t like,” Reid said prior to the Week 4 Eagles-Chiefs matchup set to take place this weekend.
It’s been eight years since Reid has left Philadelphia, but the City of Brotherly Love still has a lot of it for Reid.
“Andy Reid is always going to be popular in Philly for what he was able to do as a coach here and the types of games he won and the amount of games he won,” said Brian Westbrook, a former Eagles running back who played for Reid for eight seasons. “Remember that when Andy came here, the Eagles were not very good. But he was able to turn that around and get the team headed in the right direction.
He’s still a legend in Philadelphia even though he’s not the Eagles’ coach anymore. The city appreciates him, his creativity, the type of mind he has, his offensive play design. A lot of people appreciate him for what he brought to the city, like a winning culture, a winning philosophy.”
Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid reveals his favorite part about coaching the Philadelphia Eagles
The biggest factor in who wins this week has less to do with Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts and more to do with which team Reid is coaching.
Since Reid has been a head coach in the NFL, the Chiefs and Eagles have played each other five times. When Reid coached the Eagles, he won all three of his games against the Chiefs: one in 2001, one in 2005, and one in 2009. But ever since Reid has been coaching the Chiefs, the pendulum has swung the other way, with the Chiefs winning each matchup in 2013 and 2017 respectively.
Reid will always be admired in Philadelphia, and he’ll likely get cheesesteaks and hamburgers for life in Philly and KC — but only Reid’s team will come out with the victory in the end.