As Andy Reid moved closer to finalizing his future as the new coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, league sources said Reid's interview on Friday with the Arizona Cardinals had been canceled. One Cardinals official confirmed the team was informed of Reid's pending deal with the Chiefs and characterized that the former Eagles' coach was "out with us."
The Chiefs had no response but league sources say the team is hopeful of announcing a deal with Reid by Friday. The Chiefs have not scheduled any other interviews with coaching candidates because they were encouraged by their negotiations with Reid the past two days.
Chiefs On Verge Of Bringing In Reid As Coach from KC Star
At 2-14, the Chiefs had the worst record in the NFL last year. But the expectation is that things will improve rapidly if they hire Andy Reid as their head coach.
"I think this team all of a sudden has a chance to be pretty good," former Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said. "He fits with the Chiefs. He coached at Missouri. He was in the Midwest. The fans will enjoy him and they'll enjoy his offense. He's got a plan. He's been in playoff games, he's been in Super Bowls. He's done it all. His legacy is one that he knows how to win games."
The Chiefs were on the verge of bringing in Reid, fired Monday after 14 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, as their next head coach, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Chiefs Focus On New Beginning from The Mothership
As far as the Chiefs stand right now, 2012 is in the rearview mirror and an offseason of great change, improvement and opportunity is all ahead. If there is any doubt about how fast a franchise can be resuscitated, look no further than Kansas City's last home opponent; the playoff-bound Indianapolis Colts, who were 2-14 one year ago and this Sunday will be playing for a berth to the second-round of the 2013 playoffs.
Alexander Pope penned the words, "Hope springs eternal," which perfectly describes the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs. Kingdom fans need forget 2012, embrace the future and enjoy the ride.
Clark Hunt has lived his entire 47 years in and around the Chiefs organization, and today he is in control of it like never before. His grasp is tighter than ever, his fingerprints in places he used to entrust to others. The worst Chiefs season in franchise is history is less than a week in the past, and Hunt appears to be giving his best effort to rebrand this thing back to respectability.
Absentee owner? Hunt's got your absentee right here.
Hunt's power grab means the Chiefs are a different franchise.
Vermeil Advises Reid To Take The Chiefs Job from KC Star
"You can't have everything," Vermeil said. "I'd rather have a great owner and no quarterback than a quarterback and not a great owner. They have a couple of quarterbacks (Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn) who have played well before, and maybe they'll play well again. Sometimes schemes fit quarterbacks better than other schemes.
"This year took a guy out of college, for criminy sakes, (Nick Foles), a third-round draft choice, and he plays pretty darn well."
Vermeil is confident that Reid, 54, can turn the Chiefs around.
Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said the new coach would report directly to him, and not to a general manager, and that's the system that has worked with several other franchises, including New England, where Bill Belichick answers only to owner Robert Kraft, and Philadelphia, where Reid reported to owner Jeffrey Lurie.
The Patriots have appeared in five Super Bowls, winning three, since that structure was put in place in 2000, while Reid's Eagles reached five NFC title games and one Super Bowl with that arrangement.
He's Gone To... Andy City from The Philadelphia Inquirer
Personally, after suffering through the end of the Eagles' Reid era, I'm not quite as anxious as you'd think I'd be as he heads to KC...
...And third - and you may not agree with me on this one - he's going to end up winning out there. And when he does, I'll be a happy camper.
Back In Business In KC from Warpaint Illustrated
And that won't be a quick or easy fix for Reid. He's going to have to make some very tough decisions in regards to personnel, ones that could cost the Chiefs some serious coin.
Those subtractions aside, there's no question at the onset of his coaching career in Kansas City, he begins with far more talent at this disposal, than the Eagles team he inherited back in 1999.
But Chiefs fans don't care about that. They want results now. And that could mean cleaning house of some, still in their prime, veterans to obtain more draft picks or refuse re-sign some proven roster commodities.
Reid Expected To Be New Chiefs In Kansas City from The Philadelphia Inquirer
Kansas City might be a better fit for Reid than Philadelphia was, stylewise. The Chiefs' fans are relatively mild-mannered Midwesterners who haven't experienced sustained NFL success in four decades. Their media corps is much smaller and less abrasive. The Kansas City Star is the only newspaper that covers the Chiefs on the road (where they are scheduled to face the Eagles next season, by the way, date to be determined.)
Reid took heat from Eagles fans because he hadn't won a playoff game since January 2009. Well, the Chiefs last won a postseason game on Jan. 16, 1994, beating the Houston Oilers, 28-20.
Ex-Eagle Jeremiah Trotter Blasts Andy Reid As A Coach from MyCentralJersey.com
Suffice to say, if former Eagles linebacker Jeremiah Trotter was advising the Chiefs (and why would he?), Kansas City might want to reconsider.
Here's what Trotter, who played seven seasons under Reid in Philadelphia, had to say during a roundtable on 97.5 FM The Fanatic radio station, via philly.com: "If it came down to both teams were even, talent-wise, I think the opponent's team would win if it came down to coaching. Andy Reid got out-coached in a lot of games, man, a lot of big games. Time outs, running the football, you know."
KC Fans Like Reid, But Won't Rest 'Til Pioli Is Out from FS Midwest
When the history of the Kansas City Chiefs is written - and most fans will gladly skip this particular chapter - Crennel will be remembered for somehow beating Green Bay in 2011; for somehow besting Carolina in 2012; and for somehow maintaining a dignified face just a day after he'd watched one of his players shoot himself in the head. The next time the man is introduced at Arrowhead Stadium, Romeo Crennel, he of the 4-15 head coaching record with the Chiefs, will probably receive a nice round of applause. Romeo may not be loved, but he certainly won't be disliked.
Scott Pioli, the general manager still twisting in the wind? Ah, well, that's ... different.