Anonymous sources have reported to the Associated Press that embattled Eagles ex-coach Andy Reid has signed a five-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs to take over as head of their sideline. A welcome-to-the-team press conference is scheduled for Monday morning.
Reid will be taking the reins of a team that went 2-14 during the 2012 regular season. That record, however, did not stop Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt from calling the head coaching position “attractive.” With a number one pick in the draft this April and five Pro Bowl selections, the team is there, perhaps just not the chemistry. For this reason, the Chiefs’ 2012 coach Romeo Crennel was another Black Monday victim – along with several other off-field personnel, including GM Scott Pioli.
The Chiefs have a historically bad team. They have not won a playoff game in 20 years, and they’ve only had three appearances. They are on their third head coach in as many years. In response to these numbers, Hunt also announced that Kansas City’s Chiefs will reorganize their coaching structure. In 53 years of their existence, Chiefs’ coaches reported directly to the GM. Now, the coach and GM will report directly to Hunt.
It’s been widely speculated that Reid will try and grab ex-Browns GM Tom Heckert for the GM position in K.C. Hunt is hoping that Reid will bring the same stability to the Chiefs that he brought to the Eagles 14 seasons ago. In that tenure, Reid went 130-93-1, taking a 3-13 Eagles team to 11-5 in two short years. The Eagles made the postseason nine times in those 14 seasons, and they had a Super Bowl appearance to boot.
What Reid needs in K.C. more than anything else right now is a quarterback. Expect them to shop for one early in the draft and perhaps sign a veteran to take up some slack. Hopefully Reid is over his Michael Vick obsession, and he’ll let that temptation fly right over his head.
In Philly, meanwhile, owner Jeff Lurie has already interviewed Atlanta’s defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, his special teams counterpart, Keith Armstrong and has openly expressed interest in a couple of college coaches like Penn State’s Bill O’Brien and Oregon’s Chip Kelly.
It’s hard to pick a team with more disgruntled fans this year, the Eagles or the Chiefs. If there were a soul in Jacksonville who cared about the Jaguars, that might be the team to claim the prize. As for now, Reid’s got a lot on his plate, leaving the boos of one city behind and trying to turn the boos of another city into cheers.