Kansas City Chiefs Close to Signing Andy Reid; Could Form Strong Coaching Staff

Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIJanuary 3, 2013

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 02:  Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles watches from the sidelines during the second half of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on October 2, 2005 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, former Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs are close to making Reid the next head coach of the Chiefs.

Along with the report of Reid and the Chiefs closing in on a deal, Cleveland Browns beat writer for Plain Dealer Mary Kay Cabot, tweeted that a couple of former Browns coaches could also make their way to Kansas City as well as a former member of the Browns front office.

Big draw for Andy Reid in KC: the ability to take ex-Browns GM Tom Heckert with him—maybe other ex-Eagles pals too.

Reid is also likely to hire—or at least try to hire—former Browns HC Shurmur and former OC Brad Childress in KC. ESPN says that he's on verge of deal.

Tom Heckert's first went to the Eagles as the Director of Player Personnel in 2001. He was soon promoted to Vice President of Player Personnel in 2003 and helped Reid assemble a team that went to four consecutive NFC Championship games from 2001 to 2004, and that also appeared in Super Bowl XXXIX.

Heckert's success led to him becoming the general manager of the Eagles in 2006.

As for Pat Shurmur and Brad Childress, they were both part of Reid's first coaching staff in 1999, when Reid was working on putting together his coaching staff in Philadelphia.

Childress was initially a quarterbacks coach for the Eagles from 1999 to 2002. Reid then promoted Childress to offensive coordinator from 2003 to 2005 before Childress left to become the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, where he coached them to an NFC Championship appearance in 2010 against the New Orleans Saints.

Shurmur was hired as a tight ends coach under Reid's staff with the Eagles until 2002, after which Shurmur then became the quarterbacks coach until 2008. Shurmur then went on to become the offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams and the head coach of the Browns in 2010.

Reid could be bringing in these people that he worked with in Philadelphia, who helped him coach the Eagles to four conference titles and a Super Bowl appearance. The Chiefs haven't played in a conference title game since 1994 and haven't played in a Super Bowl since 1970.

If Reid is hired, Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli will likely be out of Kansas City, and Reid would form a staff similar to the one that he had with the Eagles to help make the Chiefs one of the more relevant teams in the NFL once again.