ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Eric Berry is not shy about it.
The Kansas City Chiefs' star safety is smitten with the idea of playing football for Andy Reid. Berry’s eyes sparkle when he talks about his new coach.
“I just love the idea of being able to play football for that man,” Berry said Tuesday. “I just respect everything about him. He knows so much about football, but he is also a regular guy. He just treats people right. I see him with the fans and he talks to them like he talks to us. I know what kind of city Kansas City is and the fans are really going to like him. He’s the right fit.”
Berry said he and his teammates immediately bought into Reid’s system this spring for two reasons -- his wealth of football knowledge and the way he treats players. Reid came to Kansas City after 14 seasons as the Eagles' head coach. While Reid’s tenure in Philadelphia ended on a sour note, he established himself as one of the more successful coaches in the league.
Reid takes over a team that went 2-14 last season and has had two different head coaches in the past two years. Romeo Crennel was fired in December after one full season. Berry made a point not to compare coaches, mostly because he only wanted to focus on the energy Reid has created since taking over.
“You just know he’s the real deal,” Berry said. “He lets his coaches coach, but he will also tell us all individually things. He treats everyone the same. We all appreciate that. It’s just an exciting time around here as everybody gets ready to play for coach Reid.”