It’s a big week in the football season. College bowl games abound, even amid controversy that there are too many bowls. (I’m of the opinion that there’s no such thing as too much college football, and if you think having so many bowls is ridiculous and meaningless, I advise you to read this.) Not to mention, NFL teams are clinching (or not) playoff berths and home field advantage.
I sat down to write about how two teams close to my heart – my K-State Wildcats and the Kansas City Chiefs — are playing in important games this weekend. I sat down to write about their strategies, their injury-plagued rosters, and the different mindsets of their coaches.
I had envisioned something about what traditional old Bill Snyder could learn from jovial, dabbing Andy Reid, and vice versa. I thought that these were two completely programs with different strengths and problems, but when I sat down to write it, I found out that Snyder and Reid are a lot more alike that I had anticipated:
- Both are brilliant offensive minds. It’s well documented that Andy Reid loves to call plays in his West Coast offense and had a lot of success with it in his early years with the Eagles. Note that no one has been complaining about it in Kansas City, lately. Snyder has always been ahead of the curve in his knowledge of the spread offense and always manages to win a lot of games-even without many five star recruits.
- Both men’s players completely buy into their system. Alex Smith is playing the best football of his life, largely due to the fact that he’s played under Reid and co for the last three years. He knows the system and he trusts it. Likewise, any player who has played under Snyder can recite his 16 Steps to Success verbatim. You won’t even have to ask, they just offer it up.
The differences lie in the attitudes of their players, which could have something more to do with the difference between the maturity level of college and pro football players as well. Reid urges his players to show emotion, to allow their personality out on the field and make their mark while they are playing. Endzone dances and celebrations abound. Snyder on the other hand, would prefer his guys a lot humbler. He’s just as tough on freshman as he is on seniors and he doesn’t accept on or off the field mistakes.
This weekend’s games will help solidify the legacies of both coaches. Andy Reid has taken an abysmal Chiefs program to the playoffs two of his first three years in town. Snyder is Father Football, and even though he often looks like he might break in two during the cold-weather games, no one in Manhattan is calling for his retirement. If he dies coaching, that would be the most fitting end to his career ever.
Check out the Cats in the Liberty Bowl, January 2 at 2:20pm.
The Chiefs play the Raiders at home in the last regular season game, 3:25pm on January 3.
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