Chiefs Reach Agreement with Andy Reid as Next Head Coach
Kansas City, MO
The Kansas City Chiefs have reached an agreement with Andy Reid to become their new head coach, giving him full control over personnel and football decisions.
"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 told ESPN Radio.
Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt led the interview process early and successfully lured Reid by offering him full control and authority over football moves.
Reid's hiring came after the Chiefs dismissed general manager Scott Pioli, who was dismissed after three seasons on the job.
It was reported that Reid plans to bring in Green Bay Packers director of football operations John Dorsey or former Browns GM Tom Heckert to replace Pioli and help him rebuild the team that went 2-14 last season.
Reid has the ability to turn a franchise around, just like what he did with the Philadelphia Eagles, who were just 3-13 when he took over.
After just two years, the Eagles improved to 11-5 for second place in the NFC East. Then, Reid led the team to a Super Bowl appearance in 2004.
In his tenure with the Eagles from 1999-2012, he led the team to the playoffs nine times and won 130 regular-season games and 10 playoff games.
The Chiefs, for their part, had 98 wins, three postseason appearances and no postseason wins under five different head coaches during that period.
However, the Chiefs have the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft that Reid can use to get a quarterback to replace an ineffective and oft-injured Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn.
It was Pioli who signed Cassel to a six-year, $63 million deal but the quarterback did not live up to expectations and lost his job to Quinn this season.
The 47-year-old Pioli joined the Chiefs in 2009 after helping the New England Patriots build a championship-caliber team. However, the Chiefs went just 23-29 in his tenure.
"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," he added.
Browns among teams interested in hiring Oregon coach Chip Kelly
The Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, and Philadelphia Eagles appear to be the most aggressive teams in pursuit of the services of Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly, a source close to the situation reported Friday.
Kelly, who led Oregon to another Bowl victory against Kansas State 35-17 in Fiesta Bowl, is reportedly set to meet representatives from each team over the next two days.
"I want to get it wrapped up quickly and figure out where I'm going to be," said Kelly, whose high-powered offense he employed with the Ducks caught the attention of several NFL teams.
Oregon Athletic Director Rob Mullens said the priority is to keep Kelly, who has buyout of up to $3 million with five years left in his current deal with the Ducks.
However, Oregon offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich is ready to assume the head coaching role if Kelly decides to bring his coaching skills to the NFL.
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