Former Eagles and current Chiefs head coach Andy Reid had a storied run in Philadelphia from 1999-2012. While it wasn't always pretty, Reid's 130 wins as the head coach of the Eagles make him the most successful of all time. In 14 years, Reid went to one Super Bowl, five NFC Championship games, went to the playoffs nine times, housed six future NFL head coaches and won ten playoff games. To put that into perspective, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis has only been to the playoffs four times in 11 seasons with Cincinnati and has yet to win a playoff game.
The last two seasons of Reid's tenure were undoubtedly rocky in Philadelphia. The team missed the playoffs for two-straight seasons and had a combined 12-20 record as his time-management and "pass first, second and third" mentality became even more noticeable liabilities. There was also the free agent and draft busts, the horrible coaching hires and the lack of success after former defensive coordinator Jim Johnson passed away in 2009. He also allowed defensive leaders like Brian Dawkins, Sheldon Brown and Quintin Mikell to leave Philadelphia from 2008-2011 and the Eagles' secondary greatly suffered during and after that period of time.
Reid will return to Philadelphia on Thursday night, when his new Chiefs bring their 2-0 record into Lincoln Financial Field against the 1-1 Eagles. Reid's former quarterback and fellow controversial Philadelphia sports figure, Donovan McNabb, will have his jersey retired in what will serve as a make-shift family reunion of sorts. McNabb, unlike Reid, has already returned to Philadelphia as a member of an opposing team and despite his antagonizing personality since leaving the Eagles, he was cheered when he made his entrance with the Washington Redskins.
With all the history behind Reid and the Eagles, you would think that Reid would receive a standing ovation. However, we as Eagles fans are passionate and are not ones to let things go (just ask Jason La Confora), so you never know.
With all that said, how will you react to seeing Reid on the opposing sideline on Thursday night? If you are going to the game, how do you plan to greet Big Red?