The Reid Review

Posted: October 28, 2013 in Uncategorized
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It has been a tough couple of weeks for the Philadelphia Eagles and their faithful. Not only has uneven quarterback play betrayed the team in back-to-back divisional losses. But, the former head-honcho in the City of Brotherly Love, Andy Reid, continues his dominant debut in Kansas City. Reid’s Chiefs, 2-14 a year ago, are now 8-0 and will likely remain undefeated into their week 10 matchup against Peyton Manning and the Broncos. 

This, predictably, is leading many of the Monday morning quarterbacks and vocal villains to chastise the Philadelphia organization for letting Reid go in favor of Chip Kelly. After all, it’s not as though the Eagles were 4-12 last year and 4-8 to begin the year prior under Reid’s leadership. Oh, wait…they were. The difference between Philadelphia and Kansas City is not the head coach. The difference is a decade of drafts. Let’s keep in mind that the Chiefs, who had one of the worst defenses in football from 2002-2009, have been drafting defensive talent for years. Last season, a campaign in which they finished worst in the NFL in overall record, Kansas City sent 6 defensive players to the Pro Bowl. Meanwhile, Reid’s Eagles sent no one to Hawaii. 

The goal, with the “Reid Review” series, is to go back and review every single one of Reid’s drafts in Philadelphia. Every pick will be graded based on its short-term impact, long-term impact, and relative value. Each draft as a whole will then be graded, beginning with his very first draft in 1999. Hopefully, by the time this review is done, we will have a better view of just how mediocre Reid’s drafting has been. 


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