Chiefs coach Andy Reid has empathy for John Harbaugh, but will show no mercy Sunday afternoon.
Reid and Harbaugh are longtime friends, stemming from the 10 seasons that Harbaugh spent on Reid’s staff with the Eagles (1998-2007). Harbaugh is going through his first losing season in eight years as the Ravens’ head coach. But Reid said he would offer no words of wisdom for Harbaugh when the two coaches talk before the Chiefs and Ravens meet at M&T Bank Stadium.
“He doesn’t need any of my advice,” Reid said during a conference call. “He has done a great job, so I just have a lot of respect for John. I did when he worked with me, and I feel the same way now.”
While the Ravens (4-9) could not turn around their season after a slow start, the Chiefs (8-5) did. After a 1-5 start, the Chiefs have won seven straight to put themselves squarely in the AFC playoff picture. Even a season-ending knee injury to star running back Jamaal Charles has not slowed down the Chiefs. However, Reid sounded thankful that the Chiefs have not been hit by as many injuries as the Ravens.
“We’ve stayed, knock on wood, relatively healthy, which you have no control over those kind of things,” Reid said. “He (Harbaugh) is still coaching his tail off, and he has still got young players that he’s developing right now. So I think he’s doing a heck of a job. Sometimes you’re dealt a hand where you get injured at key positions, and that has happened.”
Reid has bounced back from losing seasons, and expects Harbaugh to do the same next year. But on Sunday, Reid and the Chiefs will try to make Harbaugh’s 2015 season even more miserable.