Sounds Like Reid Is The Man

It now appears that it’s only a matter of crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s for the Chiefs and Andy Reid to come to an agreement as head coach of the Chiefs.

A party of seven from the Chiefs led by team chairman and CEO Clark Hunt met for nine hours on Wednesday in Philadelphia with Reid. Talks between team and coach continued into Thursday afternoon; that’s when Reid cancelled a planned trip to Arizona to interview with the Cardinals and San Diego where he was to interview with the Chargers.

Reid was fired as head coach of the Eagles on Monday, the same day that Hunt fired Romeo Crennel as head coach of the Chiefs. Reid had been in charge of the Eagles for 14 seasons. Over that time, Philadelphia had made one trip to the Super Bowl, took part in four NFC title games and won six division championships. He had nine winning seasons and three seasons with a losing mark.

The 54-year old Reid has been coaching in 1982 after his graduation from Brigham Young University in 1981. He was a college coach from 1982 through 1991, including three seasons as the offensive line coach at Missouri.

He joined the Green Bay Packers coaching staff in 1992 and worked there until 1999 when he was named head coach of the Eagles.

His record in 14 years heading the Eagles was 130-93-1 in the regular season and 10-9 in the playoffs.

17 Responses to “Sounds Like Reid Is The Man”

  • January 3, 2013  - Tenand6 says:

    If Pioli leaves this sounds like a substantial upgrade.

  • January 3, 2013  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Good. He seems like the best choice available to come in and begin to clean up the mess the franchise has become. Don’t know if he can turn it around but he has the pedigree. Now we’ll see what the change brings regarding personnel and player evaluation, etc. There are already a lot of rumors about the staff he’s putting together. Hopefully it’s finalized today and Pioli is on his way out.

  • January 3, 2013  - R W says:

    I like the move, if it happens. Too many times in the past there’s been misinformation that leave various media types twisting in the wind. The fact that Bob Gretz in now acknowledging the likelihood of Reid being the next Chief’s coach is something I apply considerable weight and credibility to happening.

    Of course, the next 800lb gorilla in the room is what Pioli’s status will be? Let’s put that issue aside for the moment. If the Shefter reports are accurate, Reid will be given complete control were he to accept the terms offered.

    Highly subjective is the term ‘complete control’. Does it mean Andy will control the entire football side of the operation, including hiring/firing of on-field personnel and who will be acquired via free agency and the draft? If so, where does that leave the Pioli cancer?

    And I feel most would label it as such: CANCER. Clark Hunt is playing some kind of liar’s poker that we haven’t seen before, in my view. If he’s as clever and smart as we all hope HE IS, then this scenario starts to make some sense.

    Is Andy in a strong enough position to call his shots? I surely hope he IS and gives Jr. Hunt an out for dealing with his Pioli problem.

  • January 3, 2013  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Pioli has now become irrevelant. Andy Reid would never take this job if Pioli was involved.

    Pioli has become, for next year and who cares if any longer, the CFO. He may do a good job for Hunt. Who knows. Hell, who cares. Just don’t ever let him make a football decision ever, ever again.

    Hunt has handled this a lot better than I imagined. Didn’t get Marty or Cower to run the organization. That would have sent me skipping thru the streets. But, hey, it’s cold outside, I don’t skip that well and right now I’ll take Reid.

  • January 3, 2013  - R W says:

    Additional thoughts on the potential Reid hiring. If you’re Clark Hunt, you almost have to go with a proven commodity with Andy Reid if you want to restore any vestige of hope for the fan base. There’s most likely excellent choices out there to take a flyer on for the next coach, guys who most fans don’t know but will that sell tickets?

    Not in the short term for sure. Especially if Pioli is somehow still connected to the team in any kind of diminished capacity. So if you’re Jr. Hunt, you need to make a big splash to reverse the negative waves crashing on the Chief’s bulkheads.

    Andy Reid brings credility, a proven track record of NFL success, pedigree, and don’t forget about the intangibles of being able to get along with the owner. Will this all work out? No one knows.

    Given the variables though, this is a move that has more good vibes of being what’s needed right now than not. I’ll go with that.

  • January 3, 2013  - j.t. collins says:

    John from witch……. agree with you.The only way to stop Pioli from crashing this party, hire a head coach that has a record that makes Pioli irrevelant.

  • January 3, 2013  - ChitownChiefsfan says:

    It appears that Clark Hunt has decided that the Chiefs need an experienced, successful head coach as Carl Peterson had hired (Schottenheimer and Vermeil) with good results in the past. This is the most exciting development of the whole season (in my humble opinion) if it comes to pass. I do not know what will happen will Scott Pioli. Bill Polian (ex-GM of Colts) told USA today a week ago or so that he thought the only real problem the Chiefs had was the quaterback position (I am sorry I do not have the link). Does anyone think there is a possibility of getting Polian as GM?

  • January 3, 2013  - TimR says:

    Hunt could do much worse. Reid certainly has the track record, but I really wonder about his state of mind. This man has been through incredible personal tragedy & loss with his family with virtually no down time. From merely being a fan of the NFL in general, I’ve been quite struck by him not taking some time. I wonder if all of what has happened affected some of the curious decisions in Philly… If he is the guy, I really hope he doesn’t continue some of the strange thought processes that seemed to take place this season… He is human & dealing with more than many of us could bear, even with some time off.

  • January 3, 2013  - leonard kryston says:

    Tim you must have been listening to the ass on 810. Reid’s personal issues are not our concern and I doubt as moving on will Reid have any problem in KC. It is a new start for him and us in KC

  • January 3, 2013  - el cid says:

    I would like to believe coming to KC would give Reid a big breath of fresh air and less scrutinary than in Philly. First, while you cannot ignor there were personal issues, a fresh start can be like lifting a weight off his chest. Second, we are nicer than the East Coast media and fans. Our media has to be thrown under buses to get them to show a little spine and we are pretty quiet about family matter.

    If and when he come, we will welcome him, his family and coaches without reserve. I feel sorry because no matter what he has to work in the same building with Pioli. That is a burden I would not like to bear.

    24 hours after signing, let’s start to figure out how his kind of team can be made from our Chiefs, starting QB, and then THE DRAFT.

  • January 3, 2013  - ChuckXX says:

    Iam very glad that everyone is “on board” and happy about getting Reid. Sorry, but I just can’t join you in your utopia. He reminds me a little of our “beloved Romeo”. A Teddy Bear and a heck of a Nice Guy. But he also reminds me of an old worn out warrior. As old Hermie use to say “you are either an asending player or you are a desending player”. When I see Reid I see a guy that was an “asending coach” but now appears to be more of a “desending coach”. Its not just the fact that this season he was 4-12 or last year he was 8-8. I see a guy that is starting to creep up there in age and I see a guy that is atleast 80 pounds overweight. I ask myself is there any “gas left in the tank”?????? Being a HC requires lots of long hours and tremendous dedication to a ton of things. I hope Iam wrong and I hope it all works out but I will remain somewhat skeptical for now. As far as Heckert goes, all I can say there is another guy that is coming from a long history of losing. Even Sal Palantonio said this one is a head scratcher.

  • January 3, 2013  - chief214 says:

    Biggest thing about Reid: he’s someone that good football people want to work with. Welcome change from the past few years in KC.

    If not for one very poorly handled hire – DC post Jim Johnson, which became toxic to the rest of his staff – we wouldn’t even have a shot at Reid.

    Same story here, it’s gonna come down to who he hires for DC.

  • January 3, 2013  - TimR says:

    leonard…have listened to nobody. You’re quite wrong in the sense that his personal problems are not the Chiefs’ concern. They should be because they can affect his work. If he is the guy, Clark had better be sure that a change of scenery will be enough. Andy’s decision-making this season was filled with head-scratchers. In pure football terms, there’s no question he’s a great option.

  • January 3, 2013  - johnfromfairfax says:

    the description you gave of Reid would fit almost to a T the hiring of John Fox in Denver. Remember the state of that franchise at this time last year? Last time I checked Foxy still doesn’t look like Schwartzenegger in his prime. Would you have picked Denver as the possible favorite to win the super bowl after they hired Fox? How did that one work out? Reid may not pull the same trick but he’s been an outstanding coach for a long period of time. I hope we get him signed.

  • January 3, 2013  - cychief24 says:

    JFF- Great post!

    I am one VERY HAPPY STH tonight!

    I was hoping for Holmgren or Reid as I have posted for the last month.
    You got to hand it to Clark, his President Mark Donovan came from the Eagles. I’ll bet he clued Clark into what Reid would want, etc.
    It will be fun to be a STH again!

    I’m going to leave candy wrappers and ball point pens at my seats next year for pioli to pick up in his new role as custodian.

  • January 4, 2013  - Kenny says:

    Is this the strong leader that will right the ship? Maybe I’d feel more confident if I knew who was on the search committee helping Clark.

  • January 4, 2013  - kcarrowhead says:

    What a shame. I really had high hopes for Poili when he arrived, and I can’t fault Hunt for bringing him in either. He was the hot guy to hire at that time, and Hunt went after him and got him. Turns out he wasn’t anything like what he was cracked up to be, and he’s certainly not the type of guy I’d like to know. In any event, that’s done, and the Chiefs can now move forward to what I think is a bright future. Reid is one of the top coaches in the league, who knows how to build a winning program. I think a fresh start for him in KC will recharge him, and revitalize the Chiefs. He’s a guy top people in the league want to work with, coaches, players and personnel types. I can’t say enough about Hunt. He has shown that making the Chiefs winners is important to him. The man does go after it.
    I’m very curious to see what Reid has in mind for the defense, not just the DC, but will it be a 3-4 or 4-3?

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