Kansas City, Mo. Andy Reid remembers the first time he took a team into Arrowhead Stadium, back when he was the coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. He could barely hear his own voice.
Today, Reid gets to be the beneficiary of all that noise.
Reid will be making his home debut with the Kansas City Chiefs when they take on the Dallas Cowboys in a rare rivalry that dates to the days of the AFL and NFL. The Chiefs are expecting a crowd approaching record numbers to see Reid on their side for the first time.
“Listen, I’ve been on the other end of that. I’ve experienced that part of it and I’m excited to experience this part of it,” Reid said. “I’d rather be on this end than the other end.”
The franchises have been rivals since the 1960s, when the Chiefs were known as the Texans and both called Dallas home. Once the late Lamar Hunt moved his team to Kansas City and renamed it the Chiefs, the franchises found themselves in different conferences and played sporadically.
The Cowboys have won six of the nine meetings since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, including the last two — though they haven’t played since the Cowboys’ overtime win on Oct. 11, 2009.
“But we certainly have some familiarity with Andy Reid,” said Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, who faced him several times in the NFC East. “You certainly see a lot of the same things we saw in Philly but you also see a lot of different things.
“That’s why he’s such a great coach,” Garrett said. “He understands the systems he wants to use but he also understands how to use the people he has within those systems.”
There are a whole lot of new people within his system, starting with Alex Smith, who will also be making his home debut with the Chiefs. The veteran quarterback proved to be the consummate game manager in Week 1, throwing a pair of touchdown passes without an interception.
He’ll be facing a Cowboys defense that generated six turnovers in a win over the Giants.