After scenery change, Reid has players responding

After scenery change, Reid has players responding
October 23, 2013, 10:45 am
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Andy Reid has a team 7-0 for the second time in his career. In 2004, the Eagles started 7-0 on the way to a Super Bowl loss to the Patriots. (USA Today Images)

No one could have possibly predicted what has happened in Kansas City this football season. The Chiefs have become the darling of the NFL less than 12 months after finishing the 2012 season with an atrocious 2-14 record.

Now approaching Week 8 of the 2013 season, the Chiefs are the only remaining undefeated team in the league. It has to be difficult for Eagles fans to see this incredible turnaround orchestrated by a coach who had more than worn out his welcome in Philadelphia. Even though Eagles fans gave Reid a warm reception on his return to Lincoln Financial Field on Sept. 19, I have to believe there is utter shock at Reid's incredible transformation of the Chiefs from league laughing stock to powerhouse. Seeing the video of Reid celebrating the team's one point victory over the Texans last Sunday was probably something Eagles fans can hardly relate to.

But, if you talk to his former players, Reid has a side fans seldom see. There is a reason the Chiefs have responded to Reid and his staff. He does connect with his players in the locker room unless it is after 14 years of barking out the same message, year after year. Reid needed to leave Philadelphia and deliver his message in a new locker room.

Frankly, I am surprised he has experienced success so quickly in K.C. However, I am not surprised to see Reid winning football games again. Most NFL observers were pretty confident that, in the right situation, Reid would excel after his firing. But not many expected his to be the best team in the NFL so quickly -- that is a shock. What is more shocking is that history is on the Chiefs' side. In the Super Bowl era, 31 teams have started 7-0 and every one of them has qualified for the postseason, and 15 of the teams made it all the way to the Super Bowl.

Reid's world has made a stunning 180-degree turn from the dreadful 4-12 season in his last hurrah in Philadelphia. Big Red has found a home in Kansas City, where they love red and they love the results even more.