There seems to be a different Andy Reid on the sidelines during this year’s training camp. No, Andy did not shed any pounds in the offseason, but his approach towards his players appears to be much different.
With a young and inexperienced team, Andy has become much more hands on with certain players, specifically his new starting quarterback Kevin Kolb. Earlier this week in practice, Andy pulled Kolb aside and had a lengthy conversation with his young QB. What was being said is unknown, but you can tell that Andy is doing much more mentoring with Kolb than he did with McNabb.
Kolb and the rest of the offense looked out of sync for much of last week ,and he let his offense know he was not happy with the performance through the media. Reid is not one to throw anyone under the bus and often puts the blame on himself when the team struggles. However, last week he was quoted as saying, “The QB is running around too much” and “we’ve just got to get the throwing part of it down.” This wasn’t meant to be a shot at his team, but he is challenging his players because e knows that his offense must be ready to go from day one if this team is going to be successful this season. This is much different than his usual, “I’ve gotta put the players in a better position”.
Andy Reid is not the greatest at making in-game adjustments, but he must alter his coaching style this season to accommodate his young team. Expect Andy to continue to do more guiding throughout the year. It also shouldn’t come as a surprise to see Andy show more emotion on the sidelines. The youth on this team should revitalize the coach. Remember when wide receiver DeSean Jackson gave Andy Reid a chest bump last season after a scoring big touchdown? I’m not saying we are going to continue to see celebrations like this but I do think that Andy will be relatively loose this season due to the fact that his team is not a favorite to win the Super Bowl this year.
Andy did a great job of building a team with strong character around McNabb, and I expect the same to be done now that Kolb is at the helm.