Affection, respect and clout probably best describe the feelings the Philadelphia Eagles still have for their former head coach, now doing the same job for the Kansas City Chiefs, who host the Eagles on Sunday.
Not many of the players Reid coached in Philadelphia from the 1999 through 2012 seasons remain. But the ones who do have nothing but fond memories.
"He's a guy that's on to the next," defensive end Brandon Graham said. "You mess up, you correct it, we're on to the next. No holding onto nothing, just move on and move forward. And that's what I like. I like a guy who's going to shoot you straight."
Added defensive tackle Fletcher Cox: "He's a great guy, a great coach. … He's a winning coach. He did that when he was here, except for his last year here."
Graham, Cox, defensive end Vinny Curry, tight end Brent Celek, center Jason Kelce, tackle Jason Peters, linebacker Mychal Kendricks and quarterback Nick Foles are the Eagles who played for Reid too.
So did head coach Doug Pederson, who also coached under him in Philadelphia and in Kansas City.
Much of what Pederson does with this team he learned under Reid. That includes off the field too.
"You have to be black and white with players and coaches," Pederson said. "You can't leave it open for gray at all, and that's something that I think that Andy does a tremendous job with his coaching staff, with the front office, with the players. … There is no gray.
"And those are the things that, as a head coach, you can't let slip, you can't let slide. So I'm very detailed that way with the coaches and the players and making sure that they adhere to those guidelines."
That all comes from Reid, who in turn had nothing but kind things to say about Pederson in Wednesday's conference call.
"I think they made a very good decision [in hiring Pederson]," Reid said. "However, I'm partial. But he's done a phenomenal job."
Spy vs. spy
Before the Eagles played their season opener at Washington last Sunday, they signed former Redskins cornerback Nate Sudfeld to their practice squad.
This week, as they prepare for a road trip to Kansas City, they released cornerback C.J. Smith from their practice squad and replaced him with former Chiefs cornerback De'Vante Bausby.
According to Bausby, yes.
"[Head coach] Doug [Pederson] was the [offensive coordinator] there," Bausby said, "so he knows everything offensively. And our assistant DBs coach here, Dino [Vasso], he was out there in Kansas City. So he knows everything. Nothing's changed. They know everything already.
"So my services weren't needed as far as being technical, like: 'What do they do here, what do they do there?' Our coaches already know it.
Whenever a key regular gets injured for a length of time that the injured reserve list might not be the best option, the concern for some bottom-of-the-roster players at other positions of surplus is that they might have to be cut to adjust to the shortage created by the injury.
Marcus Johnson, one of the Eagles' six wide receivers, knows this but didn't give it much thought when cornerback Ronald Darby went down with an ankle injury in the season opener.
Darby is listed as week-to-week. Unless he has a setback, it doesn't look like he's headed to IR because that would mean at least an eight-week absence.
"You can't do that," Johnson said. "You've got to take it one day at a time, and what's meant to be is going to happen. So I just take it one day at a time and hope to get better. Things can get crazy. But no, I don't worry about that."
CB Ronald Darby (ankle), RB Donnel Pumphrey (hamstring) and DT Destiny Vaeao (wrist) did not practice for the Eagles on Thursday.
Eagles at Kansas City Chiefs
When: Sunday, 1 p.m.
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Records: Eagles 1-0 overall, 1-0 in NFC East; Chiefs 1-0 overall, 0-0 in AFC West
Coaching matchup: Chiefs are coached by Andy Reid, who held same job with Eagles from 1999 through 2012. Current Eagles coach Doug Pederson played for Reid and later served on his coaching staff in Philadelphia.