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Andy Reid’s coaching tree: Sean McDermott, John Harbaugh lead list of NFL success stories

These on the lookout for shade may need to sit down below Andy Reid’s teaching tree.

Whereas Reid has been chief to a few of the best offenses the league has ever seen, he additionally deserves numerous credit score for co-activating new leaders at his stops with the Eagles and the Chiefs

Teaching timber within the NFL are, largely, overrated, however there’s one thing in regards to the Reid tree that is borne good fruit: three coaches have reached the Tremendous Bowl, two have gained it, and most of them have some measure of playoff and division success of their NFL careers. All of Reid’s assistants who’ve gone on to have head teaching alternatives — except only one — are nonetheless within the league in 2020, talking to the standard of assistants “Massive Pink” has employed by means of the years.

With offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy ready within the wings for a head teaching gig, here is a have a look at the numerous successes of Reid’s teaching tree:

MORE: Bill Belichick’s coaching tree failures

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Sean McDermott

  • Expertise: Buffalo Payments, 2017 to current
  • Head teaching file: 38-26

Sean McDermott, who served in varied roles below Reid between 2001 and 2010, finally making the bounce to the has been the person in cost in Orchard Park since 2017. Since then, the returns have been largely good: McDermott’s Payments have completed below .500 simply as soon as (6-10, 2018).

McDermott has performed nicely to encompass himself with an distinctive workers and has coached up younger expertise to the very best of their talents. The fourth 12 months of McDermott’s tenure has been his finest, leading to a 13-3 file and a playoff berth in 2020, their third whereas he is been coach.

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John Harbaugh

  • Expertise: Baltimore Ravens, 2008 to current
  • Head teaching file: 129-79; Gained Tremendous Bowl 47

Hiring a particular groups coordinator as a head coach is not all that frequent, nevertheless it’s one which’s actually labored out for Harbaugh and the Ravens. 

Harbaugh was the long-time particular groups coach of the Eagles between 1998 and 2007, pre-dating Reid in Philadelphia by a 12 months, getting a primary crack at a head-coaching gig with the Ravens. It turned out to be the proper transfer for either side: the Ravens gained the Tremendous Bowl in 2012 — on the arm of Joe Flacco and a beautiful protection — and are gearing up for future romps by means of the playoffs with Lamar Jackson below middle.

Harbaugh and the Ravens are 50 video games over .500 since taking the job, with a Tremendous Bowl ring and 4 division titles in a troublesome AFC North. 

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Matt Nagy

  • Expertise: Chicago Bears, 2017 to current
  • Head teaching file: 28-20

Nagy has been saddled with a fairly unlucky quarterback scenario in Chicago, resulting in an up-and-down tenure within the Windy Metropolis. Whereas the QB scenario has blown, Nagy has the Bears within the playoffs for the second time in three years and has gotten what he can out of Mitchell Trubisky and others.

Whereas Nagy comes below hearth for play-calling at occasions, ought to he find yourself with a QB of Chicago’s future this offseason, we’ll see how a lot Nagy can work and function with a man of his personal.

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Doug Pederson

  • Expertise: Philadelphia Eagles, 2016 to current
  • Head teaching file: 42-37-1, gained Tremendous Bowl 52

When the Eagles moved on from Andy Reid, it was a divorce of boredom over considered one of despise.

Properly, when Doug Pederson was employed, it was in all probability a it reuniting of Reid and Philly of kinds: Pederson was working below Reid as offensive coordinator with the Chiefs when “Massive Pink” made the bounce to Kansas Metropolis in 2013. 

Whereas Pederson’s 2020 season with the Eagles left one thing to be desired, the top coach did one thing that Reid by no means may with Philadelphia: Win a Tremendous Bowl. 

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Ron Rivera

  • Expertise: Carolina Panthers (2011-19), Washington Soccer Workforce (2020 to current)
  • Head teaching file: 83-72-1

There are few that convey respect and integrity across the sport that Ron Rivera does. Rivera labored below Reid as his linebackers coach between 1999 and 2003, earlier than stretching his legs as a defensive coordinator with the Bears and Chargers earlier than touchdown with the Panthers as head coach in 2010.

Together with Cam Newton, Rivera gained the NFC South 3 times and made it to Tremendous Bowl 50, dropping to the Broncos in a blowout. No disgrace, although: Rivera stored his job and his status for the following three seasons, making the bounce to Washington following his firing from Carolina in 2020.

Regardless of a 7-9 debut season for the Washington Soccer Workforce in 2020, “Riverboat Ron” immediately introduced a modicum of respect and competitiveness to a crew that had been missing each for years. Anticipate Rivera to do extra huge issues with Washington as they type out their quarterback scenario within the coming seasons.

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Todd Bowles

  • Expertise: Miami Dolphins (interim, 2011), New York Jets (2015-18)
  • Head teaching file: 26-41

Bowles had just a few stops earlier than touchdown below Reid for a season, leaving this as one thing of a tangential piece of Reid’s teaching tree. Nonetheless, Bowles went on to construct a fairly stable protection with the Cardinals between 2013 and 2014 earlier than getting the Jets job in 2015. 

Bowles’ ultra-conservative type did not assist the Jets win video games exterior of his first 12 months, however roster administration and common organizational dysfunction informed extra of the story of his tenure. Anticipate him to get extra interviews as a head coach within the coming seasons.

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Pat Shurmur

  • Expertise: Cleveland Browns (2011-12), Philadelphia Eagles (interim, 2015), New York Giants (2018-19)
  • Head teaching file: 19-46

Shurmur was Andy Reid’s longtime quarterbacks coach (2002-08) working with Reid since 1999 over. Shurmur lastly obtained a shot as an OC with the Rams in 2009 and 2010 earlier than touchdown with the Browns head-coaching gig in 2011.

What adopted wasn’t only a automotive crash of epic proportions, however two: Shurmur was a catastrophe with the Browns (9-23 over two seasons) and the Giants in a while (additionally 9-23). Whereas Shurmur has latched on once more as an OC with the Broncos, do not count on him to get one other have a look at head coach, until it is an interim deal. 

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Leslie Frazier

  • Expertise: Minnesota Vikings (2011-13)
  • Head teaching file: 21-32-1

Very similar to Bowles, Frazier’s tenure with Reid was maybe too tangential to place him on right here (with Eagles between 1999 and 2002). Whereas Frazier’s stick with the Vikings was finally not encouraging, he is caught across the league as a high quality defensive coordinator for the higher a part of twenty years.

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Steve Spagnuolo

  • Expertise: St. Louis Rams (2009-11), New York Giants (interim 2017)
  • Head teaching file: 11-41

Earlier than successful a Tremendous Bowl with the Giants because the defensive coordinator in 2007, Spags frolicked with the Eagles between 1999 and 2006 in varied teaching roles. Whereas his protection is intricate and difficult, that did not translate to wins as a head coach, faltering at his cease with the Rams between 2009 and 2011. It did, although, lead him to 2 championship rings as a DC — one with the Giants and one again with Reid and the Chiefs in 2019.

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Brad Childress

  • Expertise: Minnesota Vikings (2006-10)
  • Head teaching file: 39-35

The curious case of Brad Childress stays the weirdest story of the teaching tree disciples of Reid.

Whereas Childress’ offenses had been usually extra good than dangerous, he by no means actually caught as a coordinator after his exit from Minnesota, touchdown with the Chiefs and Reid once more later in his profession.

Childress would retire after 2017 and finally un-retire to rejoin Matt Nagy (alongside whom he labored with in KC), earlier than retiring once more in 2020. 

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