For more than a decade the Dallas Cowboys had to stare across the field twice a year at Andy Reid.
The former head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles will man that same position Sunday, only this time he will be donning the colors of the Kansas City Chiefs in a showdown at Arrowhead Stadium.
Reid will make his K.C. debut and was a nine-time playoff participant and one- time Super Bowl runner-up in 14 seasons with the Eagles, but was let go after the Eagles foundered to a 4-12 finish in 2012. His Eagle teams gave Dallas fits at times and now he has the keys to a new ride.
Kansas City won Reid's debut with Sunday's 28-2 drubbing of the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars and the win also marked quarterback Alex Smith's first game under center since being traded from San Francisco in the offseason. The always-efficient Smith threw a pair of touchdown passes in the first quarter and finished 21-of-34 for 173 yards. Smith spread the ball around to nine different receivers, which is what Reid likes to see from his offense.
"I think the more guys you can utilize, the more pressure it puts on a defense. If you have to cover everybody, you can't favor one guy and that's always been part of this offense," Reid said. "Move it around and give everybody an opportunity."
Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is usually active in the passing game, a situation Reid enjoys putting his running backs in. Reid had Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy at his disposal in Philadelphia and walked into an opportunity with Charles, who caught three passes for a mere 23 yards and ran for 77 yards and a score on 16 carries for a Chiefs team that went 2-14 last season, tied with Jacksonville for the worst mark in the NFL.
Charles is expected to be a key piece to Reid's West Coast offense and suffered a quad bruise against the Jags. Charles' leg was stepped on and he isn't expected to miss any time, as players around the league often suffer nicks and bruises on a weekly basis.
"Jamaal has a quad contusion. He does have a range of motion, but we'll just see how he does here, over this week," Reid said during Monday's press conference. "He is moving around today, he's ok."
Knile Davis and Cyrus Gray got some playing time when Charles needed a blow.
"We mixed it up a bit. You saw Knile in there; he was in for a few snaps," Reid said. "We're using Cyrus in some third-down situations. We're trying to use all of them the best we could, so that's what we did."
Reid noted how Jacksonville was prepared for Kansas City's ground attack by loading the box and said necessary changes would be made if needed.
Meanwhile, Dallas was able to top the NFC East-rival New York Giants, 36-31, in Sunday night's primetime showdown in Big D. The Cowboys scored 24 points off six New York turnovers and won its season opener for a second straight year.
"Obviously, turnovers were the story of the game," Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said. "We took it away from them six times and it's been a huge point of emphasis for us from minute one. It's a great feeling as a coaching staff when your players are able to take that emphasis from the practice field into the ballgame to start the season."
Cowboys safety Barry Church had a 27-yard fumble return for a touchdown and defensive back Brandon Carr picked off a Manning pass, returning it 49 yards to the end zone. Manning was sacked three times, but still found a way to throw four TD passes and complete 27-of-42 attempts for 450 yards.