Kansas City Chiefs coach and former Eagles coach Andy Reid pumps his fist to the crowd following a win over the Dallas Cowboys at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday.

PHILADELPHIA - Andy Reid isn't sure what kind of reception he'll receive from Eagles fans on Thursday night.

Will they boo him because he now coaches the Kansas City Chiefs?

Will they cheer in recognition of the success he achieved during his 14-year tenure with the Eagles?

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"Who knows?" Reid said Tuesday during a conference call. "Don't get me wrong, I loved my time there (with the Eagles). I worked for a great owner (Jeffrey Lurie), they have a great team and they have a great fan base. But I don't get caught up in that. I don't worry about that. I didn't worry about that when I was there.

"I have to put all that aside and focus on getting our team ready to a very good football team. That's where all my energy is going. I know that's not very fluffy, but that's what's real."

Thursday's Chiefs-Eagles game will mark Reid's first appearance at Lincoln Financial Field since the Eagles' 27-20 loss to Washington last Dec. 23 in the Eagles' final home game of the 2012 season. A week later, they ended a 4-12 season - their worst record since they went 3-13 in 1998 - with a 42-7 defeat at the New York Giants.

Lurie fired Reid the next day, but he didn't stay unemployed for long. He was out of work for less than a week before the Chiefs hired him to replace Romeo Crennel as their head coach on Jan. 4. On Jan. 16, the Eagles hired Chip Kelly.

"(Reid) really hasn't give me any advice," Kelly said Tuesday. "I talked to Andy when I got the job and he said to 'be yourself.' I told him I had big shoes to fill and he said, 'You'll do a good job,' and that was it.

"But I have great respect for Andy. He was the head coach here for 14 years and if you're a coach in the NFL, anybody that coaches at one spot for 14 years, you look at them and say, 'Holy smokes.' "

The hallways and meeting rooms at the NovaCare Complex are filled with reminders of Reid's tenure with the Eagles.

He left as the most successful coach in franchise history with a 140-102-1 record. Reid guided the Eagles to eight playoff appearances, six NFC East titles, five conference championship games and a Super Bowl appearance in 2004.

"You just walk down the hallways and look at what he's done," Kelly said. "He's had a huge impact on this organization, and I've got a ton of respect for him. There are not a lot of guys out there in this profession who have carried themselves like Andy. I've got all the respect in the world for him. It's exciting to get a chance to go compete against him. It should be a lot of fun."

The banners and pictures are about the only remnants of Reid's tenure, however.

Kelly overhauled the roster and coaching staff, keeping just 32 players and two coaches from the old regime. The moves were just part of his effort to change the culture within the locker room. Morale was at an all-time low last season, when it became clear that Reid's time in Philadelphia was nearing an end.

Both teams are off to encouraging starts this season.

Kelly's speedy offense has produced 63 points, helped the Eagles get off to a 1-1 start and made football fun again for players and fans. Reid's Chiefs relied on quarterback Alex Smith and a sturdy defense to win its first two games.

"I said when I left (the Eagles) that I thought change would be good," Reid said. "It's been great for the Eagles and we're in the process here (in Kansas City) of making it great. Football is life, and life constantly changes."

Reid will experience even more changes on Thursday, starting with when he arrives at the Linc and has to go into the visitor's locker room and then stand on the opposite sideline during the game.

But the biggest difference in his life has nothing to do with football.

"I eat barbecue now instead of cheesesteaks," Reid said.

Extra points: The biggest challenge facing the players this week is recovering physically and mentally from Sunday's games in time to play again on Thursday. To that end, the Eagles had two stainless steel tubs brought onto the practice field Tuesday and filled them with ice water for the players to soak in after practice.

Cornerback Brandon Hughes (strained hamstring) did not practice Tuesday and is not expected to play against the Chiefs. Bradley Fletcher will be back as a starting cornerback with Cary Williams, allowing Brandon Boykin to play in the slot.

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Chiefs (2-0) at Eagles (1-1)

When: 8:25 p.m. Thursday

TV/radio: NFL, ABC (Phila.)/97.3, 94.1 FM

Line: Eagles by 3 points


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