KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After engineering a nine win turnaround and leading the Kansas City Chiefs to the playoffs, Andy Reid was honored by the NFL 101 Awards on Wednesday as the recipient of AFC Coach of the Year. The accolade is awarded by a committee of 101 sportswriters and broadcasters who cover the NFL.
This is the second time Reid has been honored after receiving the NFC award while he was head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2002. That year he led the Eagles to a 12-4 record and its second consecutive NFC Championship Game.
Reid will be recognized at the 44th Annual NFL 101 Awards ceremony in March at the Westin Crown Center along with NFC Coach of the Year Ron Rivera from the Carolina Panthers.
Both Reid and the Chiefs seemed to benefit from each other in 2013. The Chiefs posted a dismal 2-14 record in 2012 and Reid's Eagles went 4-12. But an offseason move to bring in quarterback Alex Smith along with a change in offensive and defensive philosophy immediately resulted in the Chiefs starting 9-0 before finishing 11-5. The Chiefs tied the San Francisco 49ers by sending eight players to the Pro Bowl.
Other NFL 101 Awards winners include Robert Mathis of the Indianapolis Colts as AFC Defensive Player of the Year and Luke Kuechly of the Carolina Panthers as NFC Defensive Player of the Year. Offensive Player of the Year awards went to Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos in the AFC and LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC.