Thomas: Reid Started Becoming Player’s Coach Towards The End
On Sunday the Eagles travel Kansas City where they will see a familiar face in Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid. Reid is the winningest Head Coach in Eagles franchise history with 130 Wins over 14 seasons, leading the team to Nine Playoff Appearances with 10 Playoff wins and a Super Bowl appearance 2004. Despite never winning the Big Game, Reid's success as Eagles Head Coach set a high standard that other Head Coaches have so far struggled to live up to since the team released him after the 2012 season.
12-year NFL Offensive Lineman Tra Thomas played 10 seasons with Reid as his Head Coach - Thomas joined The Locker Room with Billy Schweim on Saturday and gave his perspective on the Head Coach:
“I think (Andy Reid) started becoming a player’s coach towards the end….When Coach Reid came in, he had to be the ‘iron fist’ to come in and get everybody in check, let’s lay down the rules, let’s lay down the law, ‘this is going to be my way or you can hit the road’ and let’s get everybody on point….Once you got your core guys there that understand what the coach is looking for, then now you can kind of release the reigns because you know your core guys are your leaders on your team are pretty much policing everybody anyway so you don’t have to worry about it as much as you had to when (Andy Reid) first came in.”
Checkout what Thomas had to say about his life after football, memories of playing with Brian Dawkins, playing Left Tackle in the NFL, and more