NFL Network Analyst: Andy Reid Gives Chiefs A Coaching Advantage Over Bill Belichick, Patriots

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Despite his extensive wake of playoff failures, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is reputed to be one of the best coaches of all time when his team has an extra week to prepare.

But is anyone crazy enough to take Reid over New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick for a game in which both teams have had all offseason to get ready? 

Apparently, former All-Pro running back Maurice Jones-Drew is.

In previewing the NFL’s 2017 season opener, the NFL Network analyst gave the Chiefs the edge in coaching thanks to Reid’s success with more than a week to prepare.

“First of all, Andy Reid, I appreciate you, offering us all those good things on Fridays, junk food Fridays,” Jones-Drew said. “I got to go with you, not because of junk food Friday, because of Week 1 and on bye weeks, Andy Reid is 26 and 10. He has a winning record. I know he’s going against Bill Belichick, but I feel like Andy Reid, always has when he has extra time to prepare for a team, he knows how to pull out all the stops, I got to go with the Chiefs.”

Not that anyone should take Reid over Belichick in any situation save for maybe a BBQ ribs eating contest, but some quick math undoes Jones-Drew’s only point: The Patriots head coach is 25-9 in Week 1s and coming off a bye week, giving him a slight edge in winning percentage in such games.

“This was you trying to make it look close, like three-to-two,” said fellow NFL Network analyst Heath Evans, who spent three and a half seasons playing under Belichick in New England from 2005 to 2008. The pair gave the Chiefs the edge on defense, with quarterbacks, receiving corps, and running backs going New England’s way.

The Patriots will kick off the NFL season when they host Kansas City on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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