New LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada has a big fan in Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid.
Reid, a guest on ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” radio show Thursday morning, was talking about how much football has evolved since the famed 1958 NFL Championship Game between the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants that put the league in the national spotlight.
Reid thinks shifts are a huge part of that evolution, especially at the college level. And he says Canada is a master of that craft.
In response to co-host Mike Golic’s observation that Canada “does an unbelievable variety of formations and motions to run basic plays” after seeing Pitt in the Pinstripe Bowl, Reid had this to say:
The kid you’re talking about, Coach Canada, does a phenomenal job of moving people around and running the same play from a gazillion different motions and shifts. That’s what makes it exciting. From an offensive side, if you can spread it out and make the defense cover, it puts a lot of pressure on defensive players and it takes away from the blitz game.
Canada — a 45-year-old “kid” — was the signature hire of Ed Orgeron’s first offseason as LSU’s head coach. His Pitt offense averaged 42.3 points and 447.5 yards per game this season.
Reid’s praise doesn’t come cheap. Despite occasional criticism of his in-game strategy in crucial postseason moments, Reid’s respected X’s and O’s knowledge on offense has kept him employed as an NFL head coach with the Eagles and Chiefs since 1999.