Andy Reid coaching tree: Every coach to come from under Reid’s management


As one of the longest tenured head coaches in the NFL, you would expect for Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs to have one of the most robust coaching trees in the league today.

Andy Reid has been an NFL head coach since the 20th century.

The former Punt, Pass, Kick legend played his college ball at BYU for the iconic LaVell Edwards. Reid got into coachin in 1982 on Edwards’ Cougars staff as a graduate assistant. After coaching at the college level throughout the rest of the 1980s, he got his big break joining Mike Holmgren’s Green Bay Packers staff in 1992. That means Reid came to Green Bay right when Brett Favre did.

After winning a Super Bowl in 1996 and getting to another in 1997, Reid would leave Green Bay to take over the downtrodden Philadelphia Eagles in 1999. Although they did not win a Super Bowl during his 14 years in Philadelphia, they went to one in 2004 and played in five NFC Championship games. After getting fired following a 4-12 season in 2012, Reid resurfaced in KC.

Since 2013, Reid has been the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. They have made the AFC playoffs every year but one since he took over. They have had a winning record every season, have won at least 10 games nine times in a decade, won seven straight AFC West divisional title, been to three Super Bowls and have won two, including the most recent one over his former employer.

You would expect for Reid to have a large NFL coaching tree, but how many branches does it have?

Andy Reid coaching tree: NFL head coaches who have been assistants under him

Here is the list of every NFL head coach who has been an assistant on Reid’s staff, either with the Eagles (1999-2012) or with the Chiefs (2013-present).

  • Brad Childress: Minnesota Vikings (2006–2010)
  • John Harbaugh: Baltimore Ravens (2008–present)
  • Steve Spagnuolo: St. Louis Rams (2009–2011), New York Giants (2017, interim)
  • Leslie Frazier: Minnesota Vikings (2010, interim, 2011–2013)
  • Ron Rivera: Carolina Panthers (2011–2019), Washington Football Team/Commanders (2020–present)
  • Pat Shurmur: Cleveland Browns (2011–2012), Philadelphia Eagles (2015, interim), New York Giants (2018–2019)
  • Todd Bowles: New York Jets (2015–2018), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2022–present)
  • Doug Pederson: Philadelphia Eagles (2016–2020), Jacksonville Jaguars (2022–present)
  • Sean McDermott: Buffalo Bills (2017–present)
  • Matt Nagy: Chicago Bears (2018–2021)
  • David Culley: Houston Texans (2021)

To date, Reid has had 11 former assistants of his become an NFL head coach. The first was his former Eagles offensive coordinator Brad Childress who ran the Minnesota Vikings from 2006 to 2010. While some of the 11 former Reid assistants have served on one of his Chiefs staffs, all 11 did work for him at some point in Philadelphia, including Todd Bowles briefly overlapping in 2012.

Interestingly enough, five active NFL head coaches served under Reid at some point. Those would be John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens, Ron Rivera of the Washington Commanders, Bowles of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Doug Pederson of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Sean McDermott of the Buffalo Bills. Harbaugh and Pederson have won Super Bowls as head coaches of NFL teams.

As far as if this coaching tree with sprout new branches in the coming years, that is almost a guarantee. Reid may be 65 years old, but having Patrick Mahomes as his quarterback keeps him very youthful. He may coach into his early 70s like Bill Belichick, Pete Carroll and Nick Saban all have successfully. Even if Reid were to retire after next season, we could get two more branches.

His longtime former Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy left the Chiefs so that he could call plays unencumbered for fellow Reid disciple Rivera in Washington. Now that Bieniemy is out of Reid’s large offensive play-calling shadow, he may get his day in the sun. The other name to watch is New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Kafka, who served under Reid in Kansas City.

All in all, we are at 11 branches stemming off Reid’s coaching tree with plenty of room to grow it.

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