Friday, January 4, 2013
Andy Reid is new Chiefs coach
By Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter
Andy Reid became the next coach of the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday, the team announced on Twitter.
The length of the deal is five years, sources told the Associated Press. A news conference to introduce Reid is scheduled for Monday.
The deal reportedly will give the longtime Eagles coach broad authority over football decisions. His deal came hours after the Chiefs announced they had parted with general manager Scott Pioli after four tumultuous seasons.
The Chiefs held a meeting with the coaching staff on Friday morning, presumably to talk about Kansas City's job search and ongoing talks with Reid, according to sources.
Reid spent 1999-2012 as Philadelphia's coach, leading the Eagles to the playoffs nine times during that period. He won 130 regular-season games and 10 playoff games. The Chiefs, meanwhile, had 98 wins, three postseason appearances and no postseason wins under five different head coaches, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
"I'm definitely excited. You don't accidentally win 100 games over 10 years in this league. Obviously, the guy knows how to coach and win. It's definitely something we need," Chiefs offensive lineman Eric Winston said on "SVP & Russillo" on ESPN Radio.
Reid will inherit a team that went 2-14, matching the worst record in franchise history. But he'll also have the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, and with five players voted to the Pro Bowl, Kansas City has building blocks in place to make a quick turnaround.
Reid has experience turning around franchises, too.
He took over a team in Philadelphia that was just 3-13, but two years later went 11-5 and finished second in the NFC East. That began a stretch of five straight years in which Reid won at least 11 games and included a trip to the Super Bowl after the 2004 season.
"Congratulations to Clark Hunt and the Kansas City Chiefs for hiring a good man and a good coach," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said Friday night. "We wish Andy, (wife) Tammy and their entire family all the best in their new home."
The fresh start afforded by the Chiefs should be welcomed by Reid.
Despite a 130-93-1 record and the most wins in Eagles history, he was just 12-20 in the past two seasons. Reid also dealt with personal tragedy when his oldest son, Garrett, died during training camp after a long battle with drug addiction.
Reid will have more authority in Kansas City than any previous coach. While he will have authority in personnel decisions, it's expected that he will pursue longtime Packers personnel man John Dorsey to work with him as general manager.
"Congrats Big Red on taking your talents to KC. Big Red fans get ready to cheer on your new boss and new team from 2013 and on. Good Luck," tweeted former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.
Pioli, 47, joined the Chiefs in 2009 after nine seasons with the Patriots, where he helped to build New England's dynasty. But he failed to turn around the Chiefs, who were 23-39 in his four seasons, including a woeful 2012 campaign under Romeo Crennel, who was hired to replace Todd Haley during the 2011 season. Crennel was fired Monday.
"I would like to thank Norma, Clark and the Hunt family for the opportunity that they gave me four years ago," Pioli said. "I'd also like to thank the players, coaches, scouts and countless other employees, throughout the organization and at Arrowhead Stadium that have worked so hard during my time here. I would also like to genuinely thank Chiefs fans.
"The bottom line is that I did not accomplish all of what I set out to do. To the Hunt family -- to the great fans of the Kansas City Chiefs -- to the players, all employees and alumni, I truly apologize for not getting the job done."
The Chiefs' season was marred by a tragic murder-suicide -- linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, and then took his own life in the parking lot of Arrowhead Stadium after thanking Pioli and former coach Romeo Crennel for everything they had done for him.
One of Pioli's first significant moves in 2009 was trading for quarterback Matt Cassel, who'd been impressive as a fill-in for injured Patriots starter Tom Brady. Pioli proceeded to sign Cassel to a six-year, $63 million deal. Cassel didn't live up to his contract in Kansas City, however, and lost his starting job to Brady Quinn in 2012.
"After several productive conversations, we made the difficult decision to part ways with Scott Pioli and allow him to pursue other opportunities," Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement. "Scott has been an invaluable member of the Chiefs family since joining us in 2009, and we sincerely appreciate his tremendous contributions over the last four years.
"I know that this was a difficult decision for Scott as well. He has a great deal of appreciation for the history of this franchise, for our players, coaches and employees, and especially our great fans."
The Chiefs haven't won a playoff game since 1993. This season was Kansas City's fifth losing season in six years.
Information from ESPN NFL reporter Ed Werder, ESPN Stats & Information and The Associated Press was used in this report.