Kansas City Chiefs Hire Andy Reid as New Head Coach
From @mortreport and me: Andy Reid has reached agreement to become next HC of Chiefs, pending review of contract by each side's attorneys.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 4, 2013
Reid, who was fired by the Philadelphia Eagles Monday after 14 seasons, has spent the days following his release making calls around the league in hopes of putting together his next coaching staff.
Kansas City Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt boarded a plane with a number of team representatives—including general manager Scott Pioli—and traveled to Philadelphia to meet with the former Eagles head coach.
Reports claim that the meeting lasted nine hours and "went very well," according to Reid (via CSNPhilly.com).
Reid coached the Eagles to a 130-93 record since his tenure began in 1999, including five trips to the NFC Championship Game and one Super Bowl appearance. In comparison, the Chiefs recorded 98 wins and 126 losses during that same stretch.
While details of the head coach's contract are bound to unfold throughout the week, the Chiefs' new head honcho will likely spare little time in acquainting himself with his new group of players and begin scouting for the 2013 NFL draft.
The speculative chatter regarding Pioli's fate in Kansas City can also likely be laid to rest:
Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 3, 2013
The next event to headline the calendars of Reid and Heckert will be the 2013 NFL draft, which takes place on April 25 and extends to April 27. The pair will spend countless hours scouting prospects, revising draft boards and contemplating what to do with the Chiefs' No. 1 overall pick.
However, as Hunt explains, the dynamic between the head coach and general manager may evolve going forward (via KCChiefs.com):
Historically, the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs has reported to the general manager; we’re going to change that reporting structure on a go-forward basis. The head coach is going to report directly to me. I’m making this change because I think it gives us the best chance of finding the best coach for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Was Andy Reid the right hire for the Chiefs?
While the change in philosophy certainly makes sense—especially given Pioli's past flare-ups with former head coach Todd Haley, resulting in unwanted publicity and Haley's firing—Hunt may recant the above statement being that Pioli is now out of the picture, and Reid and Heckert have worked together in the past at Philadelphia.
Nonetheless, the Chiefs quarterback woes have long haunted the team, as the franchise has failed to notch a playoff victory since Joe Montana captained his 1993 squad to the AFC Championship.
While the 2013 class of passers isn't as distinguished and chock-full of talent as its 2012 predecessor, Kansas City can't afford to bank its future on finding the next Tom Brady in the latter stages of the draft—something that hasn't panned out well for the organization in years past (see Brodie Croyle and Ricky Stanzi).
Although Reid's signing will primarily be welcomed news throughout Kansas City, his first ticker-worthy transaction with the No. 1 overall pick will likely dictate the course of the franchise for years to come.
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