The Chiefs are the first to fill their head-coaching vacancy, and they have done so with the league’s former longest-tenured coach.
As first reported by ESPN, the Chiefs agreed to terms with Andy Reid to be the team’s head coach.
Reid was fired by the Eagles after 14 seasons. He had a 130-93-1 record in the regular season in those 14 years and a 10-9 mark in the playoffs, taking the Eagles to the Super Bowl following the 2004 season. In 2012, the Eagles were 4-12, Reid’s worst record in Philadelphia.
Earlier on Friday, the Chiefs parted ways with GM Scott Pioli, as Reid is expected to bring in his own GM. Packers director of football operations John Dorsey and former Browns GM Tom Heckert are candidates for the post.
The Chiefs went 2-14 in 2012 and fired Romeo Crennel on Monday. They will have the No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft.
The way we see it
Chiefs fans might have been nervous with the delayed announcement that Reid had indeed signed on, but now that it’s official the team can turn the page on what was a miserable season — the worst, record-wise, in the franchise’s 53 years and one stained by tragedy in the murder-suicide of LB Jovan Belcher.
Reid has some pieces to work with, including a defensive framework (although figuring out whether to run a 3-4 or 4-3 will be interesting), a solid offensive line and a strong run game. But everyone knows he’ll have to handpick his next franchise quarterback, just like he did in 1999 with Donovan McNabb.
We’re still months away from that, but the speculation of who Reid will target will be the story of the Chiefs’ offseason. Not far behind that in the short term will be the makeup of Reid’s staff. He will not work with Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who is expected to look for another coordinator job elsewhere.
Reid also could come to Kansas City with an entirely new defensive staff from the one he put together in Philadelphia. Crafting the staff in the wake of the late Jim Johnson’s departure was one of the reasons for his downfall there.
The control model that Reid has in place, answering only to owner Clark Hunt and likely having a front office that is comprised of familiar people, is similar to the structure that Reid had in Philly and the setups in Washington, New England, Seattle and St. Louis. Reid is likely to have final say on personnel and coaching hires, bolstered by a front office that does the scouting legwork.
It should be noted that Reid was far from an oligarch: He trusted his closest advisers and used their counsel to make moves he thought best for the team. And many of his moves with the Eagles, especially in recent years, were bold ones. Get ready, Kansas City. Changes are coming.
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