Arizona Cardinals Avoid a Problem with Andy Reid Going to the Chiefs

Jonathan Cullen@@jcullen71Senior Writer IJanuary 5, 2013

The Chiefs did the Cardinals a favor by hiring Reid.
The Chiefs did the Cardinals a favor by hiring Reid.Elsa/Getty Images

It's official, the Kansas City Chiefs hired head coach Andy Reid today, according to this report from ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter.

By signing Reid and removing temptation, the Chiefs did the Arizona Cardinals a favor.

Make no mistake, the Cardinals got used by Reid. But this is a good "used." The Cardinals got something out if it as well.

Respect. Recognition. Exposure.

It made the Cardinals' head coaching position seem very desirable, where the biggest name on the market was rumored to be headed here so quickly, according to Schefter.

At least for the short amount of time that Reid was considering Arizona, the Cardinals were a topic of interest in the NFL, as detailed in this report by CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.

For a two-day news cycle, it was a very unusual experience, but again it shows the growth of the Bidwills and the organization. Talent wants to come here now. The Cardinals have options. In examining the seven job openings, the Cardinals matchup very favorable against every other team.

If this was a clever plan by Reid's agent, he did a great job in building a market and letting teams know that they needed to act quickly and give Reid what he wants. 

If you are disappointed that the Cardinals didn't sign Andy Reid the coach, understand that Andy Reid was never coming here without being in control.

The Cardinals just went through this situation with former coach Ken Whisenhunt.

Whisenhunt just got fired because he wasn't good enough as a personnel guy. Too often it seemed like that Whisenhunt the coach was hindered by his handling of multiple jobs for the team.

Arizona would benefit greatly by going back to a traditional structure of having the coaches' coach and the general manager and personnel department pick the players.

Hiring Andy Reid would have also meant that the Cardinals would have likely lost Ray Horton and been starting from scratch as an organization in almost every area.  

Given their history, the Cards seem to be changing and evolving right before our eyes.  

Another positive development for Arizona this offseason.  

Information used from NFL.com and Pro Football Talk.com