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Former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, left, and New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick shake hands after an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009, in Philadelphia. New England won 27-25. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Earlier this week, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick told the Kansas City media that the Chiefs’ Andy Reid is “one of the best coaches I’ve ever gone up against.”

Belichick expanded on that notion at his Saturday morning press conference.

“He does a great job preparing his team. I thought he always did that, did that in Philadelphia. [I’ve] competed against him many times,” Belichick said. “They make you beat them. They usually don’t go out there and just give the game away. You’re not going to get that from them, rarely. You have to go out there and play a really good football game.”

Reid became head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999, where he’d remain until being fired on New Year’s Eve 2012. His 14-season run with one franchise was the longest tenure of any coach at the time (now, that distinction belongs to Belichick). In those 14 seasons, though, Reid never beat Belchick. He was 0-4, including the Super Bowl XXXIX defeat to the Patriots. Two of the four losses were by a field goal.

Reid latched on in Kansas City last season and engineered the league’s most impressive turnaround, taking a 2-14 team and making it 11-5. It was no surprise to Belichick.

“They had of player turnover last year,” Belichick said. “Then even after their good season last year, they’ve got 21 new players this year. That’s almost half their team has turned over again. (Reid) is not afraid – I’d say that goes to (General Manager John) Dorsey too, but they’re not afraid to make changes …read more