For all intents and purposes, it looked like fired Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid was headed for the southwest, to be the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. Reid stopped off in Kansas City, however, and now Philadelphia’s NBC10 is reporting on Jan. 4 that “Big Red,” Andy Reid, is the new head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.
The deal is not being reported on the Chiefs’ web site just yet. Sources told CSNPhilly.com’s Reuben Frank that the deal is for five years and should be announced officially soon.
Andy Reid will have his job cut out for him in Kansas City. The Chiefs were an NFL-worst 2-14 this season. Still, Andy will benefit from that status. The Chiefs will get the top pick in the NFL draft in April.
And despite that dismal record, they had five Pro Bowlers including rusher Jamaal Charles. They also play in a division with some not so good teams like the Chargers and Raiders. Yes, the Broncos are in that division, too, but Peyton Manning isn’t getting any younger.
So Andy Reid will head an organization that needs to be built from the ground up. Can he do for Kansas City what he did at one time for Philly? That remains to be seen, but we know they’re happy in Kansas City about now.
For those of us who already miss Andy Reid in Philly, we’ll get to see him again as the Chiefs will play at Lincoln Financial Field next season. Plus, as Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in his good-bye speech to Reid, surely Andy Reid will be inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame.
No doubt about it, Big Red. Good luck in KC!
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