There was a buzz going around media day yesterday that the Kansas City Chiefs players wanted to win on Sunday for their head coach Andy Reid. I have no issue with a team finding something to mutually motivate them and rally around, and if the Chiefs players want to try and get one for Andy that's fine, whatever it takes to get a spark, you do it. But, this notion that Andy Reid deserves to win a Lombardi as a head coach is utterly ridiculous.
Needles to say, Kansas City Chiefs receiver Sammy Watkins doesn't agree with me, saying:
"Andy Reid is one the best coaches to play for, If there's anyone who deserves it it's him."
The Kansas City Chiefs and their fan base are starving for their first championship in 50 years, and I don't blame anybody from the organization or the fan base who wants to win, it only makes sense. But, it really bothers me when I hear people say things like "We deserve it" or "He deserves it". Nobody deserves a championship.
Super Bowls are earned, the only time you deserve to call yourself a world champion is after you win the game. To sit back and say Andy Reid deserves a championship is ridiculous, and I'm sure if you talked to Philadelphia Eagles fans who watched Andy Reid blow games with poor clock management, and underachieve year after year with really good teams, they'll tell you that Andy doesn't deserve anything.
Watkins double downed, saying that not only does Reid deserve a championship but if any team in the NFL deserved to win the Super Bowl it was them.
"I think coach Reid deserves one. He's one of the top coaches in this league. He's on the top coaches I've ever had and I think himself in general and this organization deserve a ring. I think everyone on this team deserves one. I think we've played well and went through all the trials and tribulations and injuries and stuff like that and we've played the best as a team. So I think if anyone deserves one, we do.
Watkins comments has been my issue with the Chiefs and their fan base. They all seem to have this sense of entitlement like the NFL owes them something. Watkins alluding to the trials and tribulations like every team in the league doesn't deal with lows and injuries, and having a mentality that the Chiefs have dealt with worse than anybody else in the league.
If I was Andy Reid I would be very concerned that my team believes they deserve to be champions. The only thing that the Chiefs deserve is to play in the Super Bowl on Sunday. You won the AFC Championship and you earned a spot for Super Bowl Sunday, that's all you deserve. It's this thought process that helps prove my point that Andy Reid is a good coach, not a great coach. Could you imagine what Bill Belichick's reaction would be if a New England Patriots player said they deserved to win the Super Bowl?
If the Chiefs earned a Super Bowl title on Sunday, then they deserve to call themselves champions. I get why Sammy Watkins enjoys playing for Andy Reid. Before signing with the Kansas City Chiefs Watkins played for the Buffalo Bills and the LA Rams before either team was actually good. So, it makes sense that Watkins wants his coach to win the game that has eluded him his whole career as a head coach.
"I know he won't retire but I think (a Super Bowl title) would definitely set up his Hall of Fame career. Like I said, I've been here for two years and that's probably one of the (most genuine) person(s) I've ever met as a coach. A coach that really cares, a coach you can go talk to and probably the best decision of my life to come play for him."
Watkins has been a depth piece behind Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, but he caught seven passes for 117 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs AFC Championship win over the Tennessee Titans.
If I could just give Sammy one piece of advice. If you go out on Sunday, and you and your teammates takes care of business, then you and Andy deserve everything that comes with it. But, until you win the big game - You, your coach, your teammates, and the Chiefs Kingdom don't deserve anything.