After a nine-hour meeting Wednesday night in Philadelphia, the organization decided that the 54-year-old made a great candidate for the recently opened head coaching position and offered Reid the job. According to a report from ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the team and coach agreed to a deal early Friday.
Andy Reid and the Chiefs have reached an agreement. Lawyers reviewing contract. Added to ESPN story along with @adamschefter— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 4, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, January 4 at 8:15 p.m. ET by Mike Hoag
The Chiefs have finalized their deal with Andy Reid. He's now their head coach.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 5, 2013
The announcement surprises no one as reports ran rampant all day on Friday that the veteran head coach had decided to settle in Kansas City.
Chiefs GM Scott Pioli was also released on Jan. 4, according to Mike Garafolo of USA Today. The move makes way for Reid to assume full control over personnel decisions with his new team.
That stipulation and Pioli's fate was likely the deal breaker that locked Reid in for the Chiefs.
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UPDATE: Friday, January 4 at 7:35 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg
In addition to being the head coach, Andy Reid will also run football operations for the Chiefs. Mike Garafolo and Jarrett Bell of USA Today reported the news:
Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs reached an agreement only a few hours after general manager Scott Pioli was fired Friday. Reid signed a five-year deal that includes authority over all football decisions, agent Bob LaMonte told USA TODAY Sports.
After the decision to remove Scott Pioli, it is not surprising that Reid takes over in making personnel decisions.
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The writing was on the wall after Reid skipped his scheduled flight to Arizona on Wednesday night, deciding not to meet with the Cardinals after the long talk with the K.C. brass.
Rueben Frank of CSNPhilly.com provided details on the length of Reid's deal in Kansas City.
Source: Andy Reid contract will be for five years.— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) January 4, 2013
Before accepting the Chiefs gig, Reid spent 14 years with the Philadelphia Eagles, going 130-93-1 during his time in the City of Brotherly Love. He was the longest-tenured coach in the NFL before being one of seven “Black Monday” coaching casualties after the 2012 regular season concluded.
It was a tough year for the Eagles coach, as the team struggled on the field—going 4-12 in a playoff-or-bust campaign—and tragedy marred his personal life.
The coach had to deal with the terrible weight of burying his 29-year-old son back in August, but his desire to continue coaching in the NFL hasn’t wavered.
Reid has been consistently involved with coaching in some capacity since 1982 (as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Brigham Young University), and there is no sign of slowing down this offensive mastermind.
After back-to-back dismal seasons without a playoff berth, it was time for the Eagles and Reid to split. Fortunately for the coach, six other positions around the league opened up on Black Monday, and a number of franchises were highly interested in his services.
Reid went to four straight NFC title games (2001-2004) and made a Super Bowl appearance back in 2004. He guided the Eagles to the postseason in nine of his 14 years at the helm and helped them become one of the most consistent franchises in the NFL.
The Chiefs brass clearly believed that Reid still has plenty left in the tank and could help turn around a squad that has been mired in mediocrity for years.
Kansas City is coming off a 2-14 season and needed a complete overhaul after firing coach Romeo Crennel Monday. Reid should provide the fresh blood the organization is craving and will hopefully help find a franchise player with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft.
Reid's hiring coincides with the firing of Kansas City GM Scott Pioli, which emphasizes that the franchise was indeed ready to go in a new direction.
There’s a lot to be done in Kansas City, and Reid has his work cut out for him. We wish the coach the best of luck with the Chiefs.