Chiefs & Reid Riding NFL Merry-Go-Round

Monday saw Andy Reid all over the place in the Kansas City media world as he was introduced to the city as new head coach of the Chiefs. He was a very busy man and it was all there for public consumption.

He’s not been seen since by the media and public, but Reid has been busier than ever trying to piece together his coaching staff for the 2013 season.

Former Vikings head coach Brad Childress was in town on Wednesday. He was part of Reid’s staff in Philadelphia before he got the head job in Minnesota. Last year, he was the offensive coordinator in Cleveland.

Also in town on Wednesday was Rick Burkholder, the head trainer of the Eagles for the last 14 years. He joined the team just a month after Reid was named head coach. An Eagles spokesman confirmed the meeting and the fact that Burkholder remains under contract to Philadelphia but they are “allowing him to seek an opportunity with Andy Reid in Kansas City if that’s what’s in Rick’s best interest.”

The Chiefs head trainer is Dave Price, who joined the team in 2006 when Herm Edwards was named head coach. Before that Price spent 10 seasons as trainer with the New York Jets and the 10 seasons before that as an assistant trainer with the Eagles.

Two coaches were with Reid for his entire tenure with the Eagles: wide receiver David Culley and tight ends coach Tom Melvin. It would not be a surprise to see either one or both land at Arrowhead.

In 2011, Reid moved Juan Castillo from offensive line coach to defensive coordinator. He ended up firing Castillo during the 2012 season, but he could bring him to K.C. as offensive line coach.

Some names that are likely considerations for defensive coordinator are former Chicago, Detroit and Buffalo head coach Dick Jauron (he was with Eagles in 2010), former Southern Cal and NFL coordinator Monte Kiffin and former Chicago and Miami head coach and last year’s defensive coordinator in Buffalo Dave Wannstedt.


8 Responses to “Chiefs & Reid Riding NFL Merry-Go-Round”

  • January 9, 2013  - R W says:

    Saw Andy interviewed today on YES network with Mike Francesa.They covered a lot of ground with a couple of interesting points made by Andy:
    1– Chiefs need to upgrade ST play right away..this will be a priority in terms of coaching and personnel.
    2– Strengths and weaknesses of any team are seen consistently in the red zone.
    Excellent 15 minute chat.


  • January 9, 2013  - txchief says:

    I have no preconceived notions about which assistants Andy Reid put together. I just want it to turn out to be an effective, winning combination.


  • January 9, 2013  - St Paul 1 says:

    Love all three of the defensive coordinator candidates mentioned above. Is Lovie Smith likely to get another head coaching offer? If not, wouldn’t mind them trying him out as well.

    Not so sure about Childress, but if Reid feels comfortable with him, so be it. I just hope Reid will continue to call offensive plays in that case.


  • January 10, 2013  - ChuckXX says:

    Obviously it must be very tough to “pry away” winning assistants from other teams. As I “comb” thru the names it seems that lots of them have been failures at other places. Childress, Castillo, Jauron, and Wannstedt all have been fired from previous jobs. Geez.


  • January 10, 2013  - Niblick says:

    Most all assistant coaches, who were former head coaches, have all been fired. They tend to move on as coordinators or position coaches. They always have the hope of obtaining another head coaching position. There are some who remain coordnators and don’t move on and have not been head coaches.


  • January 10, 2013  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Let’s see, Childress, Jauron and Wannstedt have all been head coaches. What do they have in common with Reid and all other head coaches in the NFL? They’ve all been fired or will be fired at some point!

    Castillo was fired by Reid when he moved him to defense and it didn’t work out. Reid probably fired him to try to avoid being fired himself. If Castillo, who is a respected OL coach, comes aboard it obviously didn’t cause an end to their relationship. He and the others would all be good additions to the staff. Having coaches who have the experience these guys have will be invaluable to Reid and we’ll have to trust him at this point to put his own staff together.

    I know it’s tough trusting somebody new after being burnt like we have recently. However, It’s not like he’s a rookie head coach who hasn’t been to this dance before and if he gets us to the big dance then I’m guessing even the doubting Chucks among us will be happy.


  • January 10, 2013  - el cid says:

    I heard a long time ago, coaches are hired to be fired.

    True than, probably true now. This hire, thanks again Clark, feels different to me. I believe this could work and get the Chiefs back into the respected side of football. As for all the coaches, can any of them be worse than Pendergast or Daboll?


  • January 10, 2013  - R W says:

    It’s tough to predict hirings once a head coach is in place. Are the hires based on personalities matching up, philosophies, competence or just plain general chemistry? Perhaps some, perhaps all, or it may just come down to ‘feel’.

    I think the philosphy matchup is key. NFL history is rife with poor marriages along these lines that don’t end well. You can put owners in that mix as well when it comes to their head coaches and GMs. Remember when Haley fired Chan Gailey a few years ago, then took over OC duties in addition to running the team? Philosphical impbalance at play there? Probably.

    Having all the coaches believing and singing from the same hymn book is most likely a major factor in play as Andy builds his staff. That makes sense. Getting the desired outcome is where the payoff will come with more Ws than Ls in 2013, obviously.

    So if Andy hires from past relationships, well knowns, unknowns, youngsters, greybeards or whatever, it’s his deal and I trust he’ll get the guys he wants to get this turnaround on the footings.




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