After a whirlwind 48 hours, the Kansas City Chiefs appear to have locked up their next head coach. And by presumably hiring such a prestigious field general, Chairman Clark Hunt, has delivered the goods for the fans. Now it’s all up to the new head coach to bring home a winner.
In what can be best described as the worst season in Kansas City Chiefs football history, the organization that has maintained a home the last 50 years in the City of Fountains, could have a new head coach in place as early as Friday afternoon by the name of Andrew Walter ‘Andy’ Reid.
At the beginning of the 2012 NFL season, the Chiefs found themselves being nominated by some as the favorite to win the AFC West. But those prognostications never materialized. Instead after a 2-14 regular season record, the Chiefs have the honor of shame of a horrific season that clinched the first overall pick in Aprils upcoming NFL Draft.
Though having the top pick isn’t a bad thing, by hiring Andy Reid, that draft slot and a strong presence in free agency; things can change for the Chiefs in a hurry. And that’s precisely what Kansas City fans will be clamoring for this season and why Hunt hired the experienced head coach he wanted atop his franchise.
When Reid eventually settles into his new gig in Kansas City, the 54-year old veteran Head Coach comes to the Chiefs with an impressive resume. In 14 NFL seasons as the Eagles Head Coach, he marched Philly to five NFC Championship games, 120 regular season victories, ten playoff wins and one Super Bowl appearance.
However, considering the Chiefs propensity for losing in recent years, Reid will have his work cut out to change that mentality of winning he carved out in Philadelphia, to the losing culture that currently resides in KC’s locker room and at Arrowhead Stadium on Sundays.
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.
So the issue for Reid will be to decipher the salvageable players assembled by both Carl Peterson and Scott Pioli, and then turn that core into a cohesive base so he can others.
Because with free agency looming just two and half a months away, and the draft four months away, Reid will be forced to decipher which players from that consortium fit his style, so he can create a 53-man roster than can win in 2013.
In hiring Reid, you would think during their nine-hour meeting in Philadelphia on Tuesday, there were specific discussions about the salary restrictions that Reid might be saddled with in regards to veterans he’s inheriting from the previous regimes, who he may deem - not worthy of wearing a Chiefs uniform. One can also assume, with a trunk load of salary cap space in the coffers, Clark Hunt has given Reid a relatively wide birth in that regard.
But for this hire to be a success, it might come down to the coaching staff that Reid is allowed to assemble.
In today’s win now NFL; Reid has plenty of former head coaches he could call upon like Lovie Smith, Pat Shurmer or Brad Childress, who could join his staff in some capacity. But those assistant gems won’t come cheap. And remember that Hunt is already on the hook to buy out the final two years of the contracts of former Head Coach, Romeo Crennel, and his entire staff.
So any additions in coaches or personnel that Reid desires, comes courtesy of the willingness of Clark Hunt to open up his checkbook to clean up the mess led by current General Manager, Scott Pioli, and his hand picked coaching staff. Hunt went into this coaching search knowing that was a definite and to get Reid, he’d have to pay him a kings ransom to come to Kansas City.
And because of that and the fact this entire search was perfectly executed by Clark Hunt himself, the Chiefs are on the verge of announcing a press conference to name a head coach that was at the top of his personal wish list.
That means Andy Reid is officially on the clock!
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