Good morning! The Andy Reid-a-thon continues in today's Kansas City Chiefs news. There are also more rumors/reports on a possible staff (nothing on DC) and GM candidates. Enjoy!
His desk is covered with huge binders that include schedules for practices, travel and training camps that map out just about every minute of every day of every month of the year. There are also his detailed game plans and playbooks with hundreds of plays.
"He loves the whole idea of being a coach," said Anthony Gargano, who has been host of Reid's Monday radio shows in Philadelphia and covered him extensively for several publications. "He's not one of these guys who is going to go to the TV booth. He doesn't have that sparkling TV personality. He loves the film study ... that's who he is.
"He's actually an incredible CEO. He's a really brilliant guy. If I had a Fortune 500 company, I would have him run it. All you need to know is he spent 14 years building something in Philadelphia. It ends. And three days later, he's meeting with the Chiefs ..."
A New Era Underway In Kansas City from The Mothership
The 2002 AP Coach of the Year, Reid boasts a career record of 130-93-1 (.583) in the regular season. He also owns a 10-9 postseason record, ranking 22nd in NFL history in regular season and postseason victories.
It's safe to say that the former offensive line coach at the University of Missouri (1989-91), Reid will be warmly embraced by a state craving his leadership, success and winning demeanor.
Pioli - part of a five-man traveling party with Hunt, Chiefs president Mark Donovan, vice president Ted Crews and Hunt Sports Group executive Ryan Petkoff - got some face time with Reid. But it was clear to everyone involved who was in charge. Hunt took the time. Hunt asked the important questions. Hunt would make the decision. Pioli waited to be told.
The first major football hire done without Pioli's input would also be the last one done with him as an employee. Pioli was professional, but nobody could ignore the awkward setup. He sat outside, researching on his phone or computer, working on contingency options in case Reid did not agree to come to Kansas City - just like the others who would not be making the decision.
The next day, on Friday, the Chiefs announced what they called a mutual decision for Pioli to walk away from the biggest job of his 20-year career in professional football. The Chiefs went 23-41 in his time in charge, the worst four-year stretch since Hunt's father founded the team in 1960.
"You don't stay in one place as long as he did without having some credibility with your players," Schottenheimer said. "It's my hope and expectation that he's as able to spend as long a time in Kansas City as he wants, as he did in Philadelphia. The Chiefs have a lot of young players, a number of injuries and uncertainty at quarterback. Those are things that need to be addressed. Andy's got a great history of understanding how offenses work and how they are successful.
"My expectation is that it's going to take a little bit of time to make the transition. The Chiefs have some good young players. But I'll tell you one thing: They'll know what to do, they'll know what the expectations are and they're going to be held accountable. Those are the things you have to do as a coach to be successful in the National Football League."
Andy Reid Give Kansas City Chiefs A Proven Winner from NFL.com
When I ranked the open head coaching openings from one through seven before the process began, I viewed the Kansas City Chiefs as No. 7. In a strange twist, Chiefs fans were not pleased. Nor should they have been. There were three main reasons for my ranking. One, instability at the general manager position with Scott Pioli still hanging on. Two, no quarterback. Three, lack of talent on the roster, aside from the big-name Pro Bowlers. And yet, with the hire of Andy Reid, at least two of those questions got answered. Pioli is out, having negotiated a buyout with the Chiefs after a delay of several days of the general manager declining to resign. And as far as on-the-field, Reid brings his quarterback skillz (with a "z") to Kansas City.
Kansas City Chiefs' Andy Reid Already At Work Assembling Staff from The Associated Press via PennLive
A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that Reid had already begun assembling his staff, and the majority of that work could be done soon. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because those details were not public.
It's expected that Reid will attempt to lure back many names from his best days in Philadelphia, including Pat Shurmur, who was fired as the Cleveland Browns coach on Monday. Shurmur was an assistant with the Eagles from 1999-2008.
Another name that has surfaced is Brad Childress, who was the Browns' offensive coordinator this past season.
Could Matt Flynn Fit In Kansas City? from ESPN
Flynn could be available. Flynn was well respected and well thought of in Green Bay. If Dorsey is among his fan club, there could be a nice connection. Reid's roots are in Green Bay, and he'd likely have little trouble taking on a quarterback from the Packers' tree.
The key would be to not pay too much for Flynn in the form of a draft pick. I think he'd be worth a conditional mid-round pick, because there are no guarantees he will be the starter. Also, his contract might have be adjusted to some conditions.
But if those two areas were worked out, I think Flynn could be an interesting fit for the new Chiefs.
Reid Chooses The Path Of Least Resistance from Philly Sports Nut
Now back to Kansas City, a midwest city with the 31st TV market and a loyal, yet docile fan base. Quite the opposite of the 4th market with a raucous, demanding fan base. K.C. has one city newspaper and a staff of reporters that will make a post-game news conference feel like a country club. They'll be no screaming fans on sports talk radio looking to hurl insults on Sundays in and out of the stadium tunnel. Don't get me wrong, there's disappointment in K.C., it's just a quiet, accepting one...
...And looking at how this whole hiring process unfolded, Reid chose a team that no one thought he was considering, which leads me to question whether he wants to win a Super Bowl or just coach where there is little to no pressure. Either way, after it's all said and done, we'll see just how ecstatic Chiefs fans will be or if Reid's coaching and personnel moves turn them into thinking he's Santa Claus, as they boo and throw snowballs.
Cleveland Browns Setting Up Interviews For General Manager Position from The Plain Dealer
Farmer is no stranger to Banner from their days in Philadelphia. He was an Eagles linebacker from 1996 to '98. Farmer also is being interviewed for the vacant GM job in Kansas City, where his boss Scott Pioli was ousted. Farmer has spent seven seasons with the Chiefs.
Sydney Thunder Hits Rock Bottom Among The World's Worst Teams from The Australian
The Big Bash League stragglers remain winless this season following last night's nine-wicket debacle at the hands of Perth Scorchers at the WACA.
Making matters worse, the Thunder, who in 2012-13 boasts some of the BBL's biggest names, could only manage two wins in the league's inaugural season...
...Which begs the question...Is Sydney Thunder currently the worst sports team in the world?
But the sputtering green machine has some competition from the world's biggest sporting codes.
Quick-Hit Thoughts Around NFL & Pats from ESPN Boston
My biggest takeaway from Scott Pioli's four-year tenure as general manager of the Chiefs is that he missed on the two most important decisions for anyone in his position -- hiring the right coach and investing in the right quarterback. I thought Pioli put some good pieces in place in Kansas City, but without those two pillars, it's tough to get where you want to go. Looking back, the trade with the Patriots that netted quarterback Matt Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel for a 2009 second-round draft choice (safety Patrick Chung) didn't work out for either team. Pioli might prefer to take a year off, but if he doesn't, and the Falcons lose director of player personnel David Caldwell, I could envision that as a potential landing spot for him.
Mailbag: Trade Jamaal Charles? from ESPN
Matthew from L.A. wants to know if I think the Chiefs should consider trading Jamaal Charles.
BW: Let me think about this. OK. I'm done. No. No way.
KCChiefs.com Video: Andy Reid Wired: 1999