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This is your open thread for Andy Reid's first press conference as the Kansas City Chiefs head coach. The press conference will take place at 1 p.m. (Arrowhead Time).
This is all so close to being officially official. I'll be updating this post with notes from what Reid has to say during the press conference.
#Chiefs serving chicken wings before the Andy Reid press conference. Well played, Clark.— Sam Mellinger (@mellinger) January 7, 2013
This is where it's all going down (photo via @KrisKetz):
Clark Hunt is at the podium
Hunt laid out the criteria he put out there for the next head coach and said Reid hit on all of those criteria.
Andy Reid is at the podium
Reid said he loved his time in Philadelphia.
"When Clark Hunt called...I've been in this league as a long time, particularly as a head football cach. There are certain families that stand out and the Hunt family is just at the top. They're phenomenal people. When Clark, as the CEO and chairman of the Kansas City Chiefs, called it immediately had my attention. I completely understand his values, the family values and organizational values, which he possesses. The fan base here is phenomenal. I came from a fan base that was tremendous and the Chiefs fan base, there's nothing like the sea of red. I've had an opportunity to play here, and play against the Chiefs and it's tough."
Andy Reid and Clark Hunt Q&A
Reid: "It was what I thought might be a three-hour meeting ended up being a nine-hour meeting and it probably could've gone on a lot longer than that. There's a certain energy that started with Clark."
Reid: "As we talked, you got this feeling that this was right. This was the thing to do. It made this decision easy. I crossed my fingers I'd be offered the job and I was."
Reid on his last few years in Philly: "just wasn't good enough"
Reid: "I'll make sure I bring in a good staff and we'll get down to what's important with my title and job and that's to be the head football coach. That's what we're going to do. We're going to coach hard and make sure we build a foundation."
Reid: I've looked at the roster and there are some good football players on this team.
Reid: "The QB position, I'm going to dig in adn look at that. We'll build that thing. We'll see how that whole thing works out. I need to spend some time at it. I have to find that next Len Dawson doggone it. I need to find it. It might be right here, it might now."
Hunt: "We did have more interviews scheduled after coach Reid but made the decision we did not have to pursue those." Hunt said he felt pretty good by Wednesday night that this could happen."
Reid on the draft: "When Clark hires a GM, we'll get to that part. We'll make sure the coaches and the GM that they dig in and analyze this football team and evaluate it. The coaches that were here left evaluations of this football team and that will be taken into consideration as we read about them and learn about them."
Reid on whether he considered taking time off: "I'm ready to go, I'm ready to go. This is what I do."
Hunt on Pioli being in the Reid interview process: "It was appropriate to have him there at the time. He was still with the organization and I felt it was important to have him along."
Reid on the staff: "I've gone through and met all the coaches. I'll go through and make that evaluation as we go."
Reid on the next GM: "I'm leaving that up to Clark. I'll sit in on the interview with him but the final decision is his."
Reid on meeting with the current Chiefs coaches: "This morning I got in early and started the interview process. I started from the oldest down to the youngest. That's the way we went. They had an opportunity to have a platform to talk and I had an opportunity to talk to them. It was a positive interaction with all of us. We're all in the same profession together and they deserve that opportunity."
Reid on coaches coming with him: "There will be some that will come with. I'm still in that process. We'll see how that all works out."
Reid on Pioli's exit: "Scott and I are friends. We're very good friends. That was taken care of without me, between Clark and Scott."
Reid on the 4-3 vs 3-4 defense: "I'm evaluating that right now. I understand the value in both. I've been a 4-3 guy, I've played against the 3-4, so I got it. I understand. There's been an effort to bring in players that work in the 3-4 so I'll look at that first and go from there."
Hunt: "I'll have a lot more interaction with the coach than I have had in the past."
Reid on the fans: "I want them to see the sea of red. I want them to see what I saw here when I came to play. That's a very energetic crowd, and I love that. My job is to get a good football team for them, a good product for them, and I'm going to work my tail off to make sure we can put that together."
Reid on Dick Vermeil: "He considers the Hunt family at the top of the list. He can't say enough good things about the Hunts, the city of Kansas City and the organization."
Reid on the No. 1 pick: "We've been blessed with the No. 1 pick in the draft. You want to make sure you do the right thing and pick the right thing for that. Not necessarily a quarterback, it doesn't have to be a quarterback. It has to be the right thing."
Reid on his draft philosophy: "You'd love to get good players." Says the responsibility for the draft will be on the GM.
Hunt on the 2012 season: "It was a very hard year on all of us -- my family, the fans, the organization -- both on and off the field. I don't want to say there's any one moment when I said I have to do something about it but clearly when you're not successful in the NFL it's clear change is coming."
Reid on the new power structure: "Both of us answer to Clark. That's as simple as can be. The GM answers to Clark and I answer to Clark."
Reid on the timetable for the new GM: "We've already started that process. We do have a list of candidates and we've begun the interview process and that will be continuing over the next several days. We don't have a timeline perse, but we want to get it wrapped up as quickly as we can."
Hunt said that signing Reid so early in the process gives them a head start on adding to his staff and hiring the GM.