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Why isn't Marty Mornhinweg the OC of the Chiefs? Andy Reid answers

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Marty Mornhinweg spent nearly a decade in Philadelphia with Andy Reid, many of them as the offensive coordinator, which led to obvious speculation that Mornhinweg could join Reid in Kansas City. Why didn't that happen?

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When the Kansas City Chiefs hired Andy Reid I began reading Bleeding Green Nation a little more and I noticed several commenters there figured Marty Mornhinweg would join Reid in Kansas City.

But that never happened. Reid hired Doug Pederson as offensive coordinator but it wasn't before a talk with Mornhinweg. Reid tells the Philly Daily News he wanted to be the one calling plays.


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"Marty, I thought did a phenomenal job calling the plays . . . I wanted to get back into doing that," Reid said. "I didn't think that was really fair [to ask Mornhinweg to come with him, without playcalling responsibilities] . . . we talked. It was a mutual thing. I didn't want to put him in a bad position. He'll help them; that's a great thing for [Jets quarterback Mark] Sanchez right there."

So I wonder why Reid wants to get back to calling plays. Is there anything to read into that?

I'll say that if the Chiefs are going to draft a quarterback in April I want Andy Reid and not others to be the one teaching him. Reid's the one who is going to be here for the longterm (we hope) so I want him to be the first contact with the quarterback.