Hunt can go in several different directions. He can try to hire one of the head coaches who was fired this week, such as the man he interviewed Wednesday, former Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid. Or there's former Chicago coach Lovie Smith - who, like Reid, had a winning career record and a Super Bowl appearance - or former Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt, who took the Cardinals to a Super Bowl.
Or he can hire a former head coach who has been out of the game for a while, like television analyst Jon Gruden, or a top assistant coach from another NFL staff. And there's always the college ranks, though the Chiefs have not hired a former college coach since John Mackovic, the Wake Forest head coach during 1978-80 who was plucked off the Dallas Cowboys' staff in 1983.
If recent Chiefs history is any indicator, hiring someone with a proven track record as a head coach in the NFL is the way to go.
Chiefs Interview Reid; Koetter Is Out from KC Star
One of the NFL's most accomplished head coaches hit the job market this week when Andy Reid was fired by the Philadelphia Eagles.
But is he the right fit for Kansas City? The Chiefs interviewed Reid on Wednesday in Philadelphia to find out.
Another candidate to replace Crennel, Atlanta offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, took himself out of the running Wednesday by saying he would remain with the Falcons. The other reported candidate for the job is Atlanta special-teams coach Keith Armstrong.
"You hear people ask if his stuff would work in the NFL," says one NFC personnel man. "Well, it's working now. Look at the Patriots. It used to be that colleges stole from the NFL, but it's the other way around now. Our league would have to adjust to him as much as he'd adjust to us."
The Patriots lead the NFL in yards and points, running a speed spread offense that's at worst a cousin of Kelly's Quack Attack. Look at what Washington is doing with Robert Griffin III. Or the Seahawks with Russell Wilson. These are college offenses ripping apart NFL defenses. San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick is running some formations and backed by many of the same philosophies that made him a star at Nevada.
Reid Meets With KC; Interview With Cards Pushed Back from CSN Philly
Andy Reid interviewed for the Kansas City Chiefs' head coaching vacancy for nearly nine hours in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
Reid said via text the meeting "went very well."
Reid also said via text that his interview with the Cards, originally scheduled to begin later Wednesday, has been pushed back, either to Thursday or Friday.
Andy Reid Talks To Chiefs from ESPN
The timing of his interviews works out well for Reid, who after his meeting with the Chiefs, will fly to Arizona for the first of his meetings with Cardinals officials.
Reid has been assembling a coaching staff, telling those coaches he believes the process of finding a new position could be settled this week.
Former Chiefs beat writer, Jeffrey Flanagan, reported that Hunt may try to interview current New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. and St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, both of whom are members of the so-called "Marty Schottenheimer Coaching Tree". In Brian's case, that is a literal statement since he is Marty's son. Carmichael has worked with Marty several times in the past.
Though Chiefs fans should be thankful that Hunt won't slam the doors on most candidates, the thinking here is that Hunt should do everything he can to sign a Reid, Jon Gruden, Lovie Smith, or the one name NOBODY is mentioning, Brian Billick, and leave the coordinators alone. (Bill Cowher? No way. According to some NFL insiders, the odds are less than 1% he comes to KC.)
Clark Hunt To Interview Andy Reid from Warpaint Illustrated
The Chiefs, despite the limbo situation of their General Manager, Scott Pioli, appear ready to strike big in the suddenly experience heavy arena of available head coaches.
Reid would bring instant credibility to a Chiefs organization that needs a strong leader at the top of its coaching chain. In the wake of one of the most difficult seasons in franchise history, Clark Hunt, appears to be both ready and willing to spend the dollars to fix the teams ills to make the Chiefs relevant again.
Pioli Part Of Reid Talks from ESPN
There has been heavy speculation that Reid, whose power extended beyond the sideline in Philadelphia, likely would not want to work with Pioli. Regardless of who is the coach, it seems like Pioli's power will be reduced if he is kept. The best he may get is the setup he had in New England -- being the coach's right-hand man.
While Pioli is in limbo, at the very least, he is still a part of the process in Kansas City.
Bears Can Boast The Most For A New Coach from The Chicago Sun-Times
Pros: The No. 1 draft pick, running back Jamaal Charles and a lot of talented players, as evidenced by five Pro Bowl selections.
Cons: No quarterback, no clear No. 1 pick with an expected weak market for a trade and the unclear status of GM Scott Pioli, who is leading the coaching search.
Andy Reid's Heart May Be Taxed, But It Remains In Coaching from Sporting News
For a man under a scorching-hot spotlight almost daily for 14 years, we don't know much about Reid at all; he was loathe to share deeply about his football thoughts, and his personal life was a closed book even under the worst of circumstances.
Thus, nobody knows how he has dealt with the drug-overdose death of his son Garrett last August better than Reid does. And nobody knows how he'll deal with it from this day forward except Reid.
Finally, nobody can tell Reid what's best for him now that, five months later, he's lost the best job he's ever had.
Best NFL Coaching Fits For Our Amusement from ESPN
General manager Scott Pioli, who is amazingly still employed, loves him some ex-Patriots. Matt Cassel, Mike Vrabel, Romeo Crennel. He's never been able to get enough of them. Pioli, of course, earned the "genius" tag by being employed by the Patriots during the same era that Bill Belichick and Tom Brady were employed by them. Now it's time to dip back into the New England glory days pool, give the Chiefs a "schematic advantage" and have Kansas head coach Charlie Weis also coach Kansas City. It doesn't appear that Weis' Jayhawks team practices, so he'll be able to be with the Chiefs on every day but Saturday.
Chiefs 2012 Schedule: Includes AFC South And NFC East from CBS Sports
If there's some good news for the 2013 Chiefs, it's that their road back to relevancy is manageable. Kansas City plays only five games against playoff teams and nine games against teams with a losing record in 2012.
The Chiefs' out-of-division home slate is the most difficult part of their schedule with dates against Houston, Indianapolis, Dallas and the Giants.