YardBarker- The contest is over. Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has already locked up Quote of the Year for the 2015 NFL season.
Reid described the feeling of calling a perfect play on offense, and his comparison is 100 percent genius. Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star provided the moment:
“‘That’s a pretty good feeling,’ [Reid] said with a wink. ‘That’s like a good cheeseburger.'”
Say what you want about Andy Reid as a coach, but his food analogies are spot on. But hey, you didn't need me to to tell you that. Does the man in the picture above look like he fucks around when it comes to his appetite? Exactly. I bet if you asked Andy Reid what the best day of his life was he would tell you his wedding day and instantly go into a monologue about the cake. Probably talked to like two people during the cocktail hour and they just happened to be behind him in the buffet line. I am saying that 70% of his comparisons revolve around food, and that's probably on the low end. There's probably a whole sheet in the playbook that features calls that somehow include the term 'chicken wing'. He could run down a list of the top 10 burgers he's ever had off the top of his head, and I respect the hell out of him for it.
I am not even reaching here, this comparison is spot on. Ordering a burger is all about risk and reward, and much like play calling, you always assume the reward is worse the risk. That's because when ordering a burger, more often than not, the risk is very little. The burger is the safe option. It's the 4 yards and a cloud of dust of sandwiches. It's the quick slant of red meat options. It's simple, but effective. But a really, really good burger? A burger where the bun is perfectly toasted, the lettuce is crisp, the onions are fresh, and it's just juicy enough to avoid becoming too messy? That's the play-action pass where the entire defense bites and overplays the run. That's the double move on 3rd and 2 when the corner is trying to squat on the route. You always foresee a play call being at least mildly productive just like you always foresee your burger being at least average, but the times where it exceeds expectations? Those are the times when you really get that sense of satisfaction and pride. Sure, much of it is out of your hands. Who knows if the chef is going to leave just the right amount of pink in center? Who knows if the defensive coordinator is going to send a blitz on the weak side where you are sliding your protection? There is a certain amount of luck that goes into calling the perfect play, just as there is a certain amount of luck that goes into ordering a great burger. However, at the end of the day, the person that did either should bask in that glory, because no matter how serendipitous they were, it still required a little bit of genius too.
Trust me. With Alex Smith as his quarterback and the Chiefs having all of ZERO touchdowns scored by wideouts last year, Andy Reid is desperately waiting for a "good burger" to come along. Probably had to wear a bib during this interview so he didn't salivate all over himself.