(John Fox photo courtesy of the Chicago Bears, Andy Reid photo courtesy of the Kansas City Chiefs)
Talk of Fame Network
The Philadelphia Eagles couldn’t wait to get rid of coach Andy Reid after a 4-12 season in 2012 — and the Kansas City Chiefs couldn’t wait to hire him that same offseason coming off a 2-14 season of their own.
It turned out to be a win-win-win situation for the two teams and coach, Reid told the Talk of Fame Network this week. John Fox, another coach who recently change jobs, joined Reid as guests on the show this week.
After disposing of Reid, the Eagles hired Chip Kelly, and he took Philadelphia to a 10-6 record and an NFC East in his first season. Reid went to the Chiefs and staged a remarkable turnaround, returning Kansas City to the playoffs with an 11-5 record. Both teams won again last season but did not have the playoffs to show for it. The Eagles finished 10-6 in Kelly’s second year, and the Chiefs went 9-7 under Reid.
“Sometimes change can be good for both sides,” Reid said. “When I left Philadelphia I felt that way. I thought the Eagles were fortunate to get a very good football coach to come in there and take care of those kids that we brought in. I really cared about them, and if I had one wish, it would be for that to take place. And I feel that’s been the case.
“And coming here, this change was good for me and my staff. I brought quite a few guys from Philly. It can be a win-win — even after 14 years (in Philadelphia). But 10 is kind of that magic number. Bill Walsh used to say if you stay someplace longer than 10 years, you’re going to run into a lot of problems you don’t want to run into. I understand that.”
Fox coached the Broncos to four consecutive AFC West titles in his four seasons in Denver, but the two sides had a mutual parting of the ways after a playoff loss in January. Fox wasn’t out of work long – he hired on as head coach of the Bears four days later. When the Bears call, you go.
“This was a storied franchise,” Fox said. “I was blessed to spend three years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, five with the New York Giants…there’s just something about those organizations that’s just special for me. I sensed that meeting with the McCaskeys. A lot of time you just have a good feeling, and this place just had a great feel to it.”
Fox went to the Super Bowl as defensive coordinator as the New York Giants and as head coach of both the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos. Now his challenge is taking the Bears back.
“It helps when you’ve done it before,” Fox said. “We’ve got a great staff, a great organization that’s given us the wherewithal to do the things we need to do. It’s about acquiring the best human talent you can find, that’s upstairs and downstairs, then motivating them to be the best they can be every day.”
In addition, Ron Borges addresses the change in the extra point rule in his weekly Borges and Bogus segment in this week’s show, Rick Gosselin underscores the difficulty of backup quarterbacks winning in the NFL and your Hall of Fame Guys hash over the Deflategate for another week. Borges also states the Hall-of-Fame case of former Raiders’ cornerback Lester Hayes.
All this plus the always entertaining two-minute drill to finish each hour of the two-hour show. You can also find the show on iTunes in addition to this web site.