The Philadelphia Eagles may have fired Andy Reid, but they may never truly be rid of him. When it looked like Reid would coach the Arizona Cardinals, it seemed like he’d return to face the Eagles every so often. Yet although it appears Reid will join the Kansas City Chiefs instead, it would put him in position to return to Philadelphia anyway.
Reid allegedly agreed to a five-year deal with the Chiefs on Jan. 4, according to the Associated Press. If this comes true, then the Eagles would indeed see him at Lincoln Financial Field again in 2013. According to next year’s schedule, the Chiefs are one of the eight opponents scheduled to visit the Eagles next season.
For that matter, the Cardinals are slated to visit Philadelphia sometime next year as well. So no matter if Reid chose Arizona or Kansas City, he would get to visit his old home with a new team. Of course, the official 2013 schedule and dates haven’t been made up yet, so Eagles fans can’t mark their calendars for Reid’s return quite yet.
Perhaps with the added bonus of Reid’s reunion with the Eagles, a game with the Chiefs would make the Thursday, Sunday or Monday night lineup. Of course, Philadelphia and Kansas City combined to go 6-26 in 2012, so Reid would be the one and only selling point for such a game. Then again, the 2012 Eagles played several prime time games in November and December that were much more attractive when the schedule came out, so one can’t assume anything right now.
Reid’s comeback would be the biggest one since Donovan McNabb returned with the Washington Redskins in 2010. He led the Redskins to victory at Philadelphia in early October over both Michael Vick and Kevin Kolb, but was blown away by Vick in Washington over a month later and never faced the Eagles again.
Reid will get at least one last visit to Lincoln Financial Field, although it could be his only one with the Chiefs since they are an AFC team. But which new Eagles coach will be there to try and beat his predecessor, and which new or old Philadelphia quarterback will try to outduel him?