By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
The Philadelphia Eagles struggled the past two years, as they won just 12 games in two seasons after it was accustom to win 10 or more in a season for nearly a decade. After last season’s 4-12 season, Eagles management blamed former head coach Andy Reid for the problems of the team.
Reid was fired by the Eagles a day after the season ended. Then, less than a week after he was fired, he agreed to terms on a multi-year contract to become the Kansas City Chiefs head coach.
But while the Eagles continue to struggle under new head coach Chip Kelly, Reid has soared with the Chiefs to unbelievable success. The Eagles are 3-4 on the season, and the teams that they’ve beaten only has two wins, which has come from the Washington Redskins, while the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are winless on the year.
Reid is an all-new Big Red after the move, as he looks refreshed and re-energized in Kansas City.
Earlier today, the Chiefs improved to 7-0 with a 17-16 win over the Houston Texans, as Derrick Johnson recovered a Case Keenum fumble with less than two minutes left in the game. The Chiefs are 7-0 for the first time in a decade, as they started 9-0 in 2003.
“Listen, every win is a great win in the National Football League,” said Reid. “We’ll enjoy every one of them that we have the opportunity to enjoy. I thought this was a good team victory.”
Alex Smith is the first Chiefs quarterback to win seven straight games after being acquired by the team. Smith was acquired from the San Francisco 49ers, and he joins Mike Livingston, who won seven straight games over four seasons with the Chiefs.
“I love it,” said Smith. “For me, as a quarterback, those couple of plays are going to stick out in my mind; I just replay them, that fourth down and the interception. I mean, as a quarterback, you’re judged on winning. That’s the name of the game, and you do whatever you can to win. Fortunately, special teams and [the] defense bailed us out a little bit there at the end [of the win over the Texans] and got it for us.”
Smith is also one of two quarterbacks to do this since the AFL-NFL merger. Dieter Brock was the other quarterback to do this in 1985 with the Los Angeles Rams.
The Chiefs also became the 31st team that has started 7-0 to start a season since the Super Bowl merger. And all of these teams has qualified for the playoffs.
In addition, of these 31 teams, fifteen teams made it all the way to the Super Bowl. And nine of these teams have won the Super Bowl, so there’s a chance that the Chiefs could advance to their first Super Bowl since 1969.
As the Chiefs each closer and closer to making the playoffs, it would be their first playoff appearance since the 2010 season. And in the past decade, they have only made the playoffs three times, including 2010 to go with 2003 and 2006.
Since the Super Bowl started in 1967, the Chiefs have made it to two Super Bowls in franchise history. Their last trip came during the 1969 season when they beat Minnesota Vikings, 23-7, in Super Bowl IV and they lost in Super Bowl I to the Green Bay Packers, 35-10.