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What Andy Reid once said about what he needs to build a team

Jenny Vrentas of The MMQB has a neat look at what goes on during head coaching interviews. It's a great piece that you should go read in full but there is one part i want to pay particular attention to.

Vrentas was talking about what some coaches told teams in their initial interviews what they needed to be successful. This line is included about Andy Reid:

Andy Reid told Philadelphia, I want two offensive tackles, a quarterback, two pass rushers, two corners, and I'll figure the rest out.

Sure, maybe things have changed since this was said presumably 17 years ago during his Philly interview but let's take a look at how the Chiefs stack up here.

Two offensive tackles: Not really. The Chiefs have Eric Fisher, who was better this year. They'll have to make some sort of decision on his future in May when they have to decide whether to pick up his fifth year option. The Chiefs also have Jah Reid, who ended the year as a guard. Donald Stephenson and Jeff Allen are scheduled to be free agents.

Quarterback: The Chiefs like Alex Smith and he's under contract.

Two pass rushers: You have one for sure in Justin Houston. The rest is up in the air. Does Tamba Hali come back next year? Does Dee Ford take another step forward? Who are the developmental pass rushers? Frank Zombo and Dezman Moses are not under contract next year.

Two corners: Right now? Yes. After free agency? Sean Smith could be gone. The Chiefs have Marcus Peters for sure and Phillip Gaines is coming back. They definitely need another cornerback.

Not listed here is receiver or tight end, which I found interesting. The NFL game has changed quite a bit in the last 17 years so this order may be different these days. Maybe offensive tackles aren't as necessary if the Chiefs are getting the ball out quick in the passing game or perhaps a receiver is necessary these days.

What do you need to build a team? Besides quarterback.

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