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Maybe Andy Reid will be heading to the AFC West after all.
There were reports that Reid -- fired by Philadelphia on Monday after 14 years with the club -- would be interested in returning to his native Southern California and coaching the Chargers. They have not shown interest.
Their rival Kansas City Chiefs, however, do.
In a move that makes a lot of sense, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that Reid will interview with the Chiefs on Wednesday.
This answers our question: The Chiefs do have interest in a big-name coach.
The first names that emerged in Kansas City were Atlanta offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and Atlanta special teams coach Keith Armstrong. Koetter talked to the Chiefs on Tuesday and on Wednesday announced he will no longer pursue a head-coaching job.
Pursuing Koetter and Armstrong really didn’t jibe with the plans of Kansas City owner Clark Hunt. He is still evaluating general manager Scott Pioli. The plan is for Hunt to lead the coaching search and then discuss Pioli’s future with the new coach.
That makes perfect sense with an experienced coach like Reid. Reid had power in Philadelphia that extended beyond the sideline and that could be the case in Kansas City.
Perhaps a Reid-Pioli relationship could work as Pioli’s relationship with Bill Belichick did in New England. Pioli would be in the background and in he would be in this circumstance as well. But there is also reason to believe Pioli could still be dismissed.
I think a Reid-Kansas City pairing could work.
He is an established coach who could bring a good staff. He is an offensive mind and the Chiefs need big help on offense. The team has to find a quarterback, but Reid could help that process move along quickly by indentifying a good fit.
Reid would bring some legitimacy to this program.
I have heard that this possibility is real. I know there were many reports Tuesday that said Reid was nearing a deal in Arizona. But I think the Chiefs are very much in the mix and they can get Reid if they want him.
Reid is now clearly the focus of Hunt’s search. With both the Chiefs and Cardinals hot for Reid, I think we will see a decision made quickly.
If Reid is the man in Kansas City, the next step is figuring out Pioli’s future, then it is finding a quarterback. Then the franchise must decide what to do with the No. 1 pick.
There could be worse first steps than hiring Reid.
1dEric D. Williams