Grading the new NFL coaches

Chiefs coach Andy Reid gets the highest mark through four weeks

Updated: October 1, 2013, 11:13 AM ET
By Herm Edwards | ESPN Insider

Andy ReidRich Schultz/Getty ImagesSo far, so good for Andy Reid in his new job as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Once Week 4 of the NFL season has been completed, as a coach, you mostly know what kind of team you have. You know your strengths and weakness in all three phases of the game. What players can make plays on defense for you? Who are your game-changers on offense? Do you have a kicker who can make pressure kicks? Does your quarterback have any weaknesses that you need to hide?

These questions now have more defined answers than they did at the beginning of the season, and as a coach you should have a much clearer idea of how to devise a game plan on a week-to-week basis. If you can take those lessons you've learned and apply them to the 12-game regular season that remains -- and have some luck -- you have a shot at reaching the postseason.

After Week 1, I looked back at how the six first-time head coaches had performed in their debuts. With four weeks in the books, I wanted to take a look at which of the eight new head coaches (including Andy Reid and Bruce Arians this time) have done the best coaching jobs after four games.

Below is my ranking of the top five performances by head coaches new to their 2013 team this season.


1. Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs (4-0)

What more can you say about this guy? I think most people recognized before the season that this team had more talent than its 2-14 record last season, but to start 4-0 speaks volumes for the job Reid has done. Reid's offense is complex, with a lot of motion and personnel groupings, but he's always going to get the ball into the hands of his playmakers; in this case, that's Dwayne Bowe and Jamaal Charles. He came in with a philosophy of doing that, as well as being efficient and not turning the ball over. That's why I'll stress again how important it was to sign Alex Smith this offseason.