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Report: KC Chiefs Interviewing Andy Reid Today


Yesterday we told you that it looked as though Andy Reid was definitely heading to Arizona but now ESPN’s Chris Mortenson is reporting that Reid is interviewing with the Kansas City Chiefs this afternoon.

Rumors were flying all day yesterday that Reid was virtually certain to take the head coaching job in Arizona. For their part, the Cardinals have denied that is the case and have said they are interviewing multiple candidates.

Here is the tweet, courtesy of Adam Schefter:

So it looks like the Chiefs will have a chance to nab Reid before he even interviews with the Cardinals.

The Chiefs are an attractive destination for Reid. He’d have the first overall pick in the draft should he come to KC and would be able to select the QB of his choice. Reid is known as a developer of QBs and could relish the opportunity the Chiefs present. The team is young and has a number of talented players on defense. Reid would also get to pair his new QB with dynamic RB Jamaal Charles.

We’ll keep you updated on any news as it comes out. If the Chiefs are really serious about Reid, they won’t let him leave Philly without a contract. The fact that Clark Hunt was willing to fly to Philly to intercept Reid before he got to Arizona tells me he must be serious about the prospect of hiring Reid.

Stay tuned.

Tags: Andy Reid Kansas City Chiefs

  • http://www.facebook.com/msannairene Anna Irene Mendoza

    Yes! I can live with Reid.. Way better then any friend of Pioli from Iowa.

  • tm1946

    First no one gets hired until the requirements of the Rooney Rule has been met.

    Second didn’t Jeff Fisher meet with the Chiefs for a cup of coffee on his way to St L?

    Lastly, with Pioli hanging around in the background and his status unknown, think Reid pictures this as his next home? Feel free to subsititute any “known” big name HC who meets Clarks criteria. Hard to sell your house to people when you have bats in your attic.

    • http://twitter.com/biglump007 Leon Ritz

      First Chiefs interviewed Keith Armstrong from the Falcons, Rooney Rule Check

      Jeff Fisher used KC and Miami to up his leverage against the Rams

      Lastly Reid would have the choice to get rid of Pioli, Clark has said so in interviews if he had a coach that he wanted but the coach didn’t want Pioli he would do what was needed to get the coach.

      • tm1946

        #1 was more about AZ than KC. If Reid is their guy and he has agreed in principle, they need to find one Rooney Rule candidate to sign Reid.

        #2 See #1, Reid can get a cup of coffee in KC waiting for requirement to be met. That does not say he would not have a real interest in working for Hunts, Pioli hiding somewhere in Arrowhead and no QBs on roster.

        #3 do not remember Clark saying that, might have missed it. Thought he was still evaluating Pioli’s job preformance? with not decision yet.

        PS if Reid visits and leaves town, he will not be returning.

        • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

          The Chiefs flew to Philly to interview Reid. As for the Fischer thing, that interview was done by Pioli. This is Clark in charge now so we really have no idea how this will turn out.

          But it should be noted, Clark hired the big fish before. Pioli was the most sought after GM candidate the year KC hired him. The Browns also really wanted him. Clark paid up too, from what I understand. My guess would be that if Hunt wants Reid, he will get him.

          • tm1946

            Suspect a lot of truth there. But a bad owner does not have to be the one who meddles to much, the owner who does not get all that involved can be just as bad. None of us are sure where Clark fit is the scale.
            I credit him with signing of Pioli and Haley but then where was he as it fell apart? No, i believe Clark is learning while in charge, That can lead to many bad decisions. It happens.
            He may hire Reid or not but having Pioli in the room, as in Koetter interview, is a major mistake. First, he said Pioli was being evaluated and suggested P would have a lesser role. Second what can he say – Here’s Scott, not so good at 1st round picks, not so good a talent evaluations either, has not signed any of our current free agents, and has filled the roster with no QBs. Oh, and he does not care all that much for guys he did not draft. But you have to work with him as he is the GM.

          • ArrowFan

            Clark so far is doing everything perfectly. I say it went more like “If I hire you what would you do with the guy in corner in the dunce hat?”

          • toperspective

            Perfectly? Keeping Pioli on (“for now”) is idiotic and the sign of a bad manager and leader. I can see no scenario where this helps the Chiefs. The man is clueless.

          • ArrowFan

            Keeping him on for now is no different than firing a GM and not the HC. In that case it gives the new GM the ability to do what he wants to do, this happens all the time. In our current case this is just reversed and it will the be the new HC that gets to decide what to do with Pioli. Like I said it is perfect. The new HC will forever be a hero or zero for what he decides to do with Pioli, again perfect.

          • ArrowFan

            See the current status of Romeos entire staff they have not been fired yet.

          • toperspective

            This makes sense as it allows the new HC to decide if any of them are worth keeping. No reason to fire them before a HC is fired. The GM is a different situation.

          • ArrowFan

            Hunt said so, that is why Pioli is no different than a lame duck coach he is just a lame duck GM.

          • toperspective

            Have you ever seen it done this way? Why would Hunt have Pioli sit in on interviews? Isn’t that sending mixed signals? I think Hunt is hoping a coach will say “I can work with Pioli” so he doesn’t have to pay two GM’s. It’s clear that Pioli is not the guy. He’s hired the coaches and he’s drafted the players. How is he not responsible for the teams failure? It is amazing how quickly a franchise can be turned around with the right GM and HC. Pioli is not that guy. He has had four years and he has failed miserably. There is no logic to keeping him on board. But at least there is no trash in the stairwells.

          • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

            I know that Clark has spend a lot of time talking with fans over the last few weeks. My guess is a lot of what he heard was that fans think he doesn’t care and isn’t involved enough. How many conversations have we had about Hunt sitting down in Texas counting his money? I bet part of this is him realizing that he needs to take a more active role. I doubt that means he will go from hands off to Dan Snyder but his being more involved is probably a good thing.

          • tm1946

            As a concept, great. But he is new to this and will have to learn as he goes. Keeping Pioli around may well be a 12mill. dollar issue but seems less than intelligent to most outsiders, That may well include “name” coaches. ‘
            Let’s see who we get before enjoying the wonderment of Mr Hunts change in management. Still see a McDaniels as a possibility, easy pick, fits management, and he was a HC, though not a successful one.

          • KCMikeG

            McDaniels has already resigned with NE.

          • http://twitter.com/biglump007 Leon Ritz

            Again nothing but your speculation, like you just said, let’s see what happens, before you condemn the man for what he is or isn’t doing

          • http://twitter.com/biglump007 Leon Ritz

            Man no offense but a lot of what you are saying is no where near fact based, it’s nothing more than yours and others speculation. I have seen one report Pioli was at the first interview in ATL thats it just one report. I tend to not believe things on just one persons reporting. As far as what Clark is saying to Reid, come on man, you have know idea who is there and what is being said so why put all that out there.

          • toperspective

            It’s fair not to believe any reporting. It is amazing how much is flat out wrong or just made up. I only believe the stories that fit what I want to believe :).

          • KCMikeG

            Pioli not so good at 1st round picks? I know this is a popular drum to beat on but it is not true.

            PICK #1 – Jackson has been one of the top ranked DE’s vs the run and was showing improvement in his pass rushing when they finally started playing him 3 downs. We need to remember that he was coming from a 4-3 defense to our 3-4 and has had some injury issues. He has improved and was willing to take a pay cut this year so as long as he is willing to do it again I think he will stay and continue to improve. Definitely not a bust plus he was picked by Pioli using Carl & Herm’s scouting department.

            PICK #2 – Eric Berry – TWO Pro Bowls TOTAL SUCCESS

            PICK #3 – Baldwin who looks like a total bust BUT keep in mind the no offseason/TJ broken thumb missing half of his rookie year with multiple OC’s and shitty QB’s. It is too early to judge this one yet. Even if you want to close the book on Baldwin there is NO denying that it was Pioli’s brilliant move to get him AND Houston for free who will be a Super Star for us for years. So TOTAL SUCCESS AGAIN!

            PICK #4 – Dontari Poe – I was one of many who booed loudly at the draft party when Poe was selected. His play improved as the year went on but there is NO WAY he can be judged as a disappointment let alone a bust. SUCCESS TBD.

            Has not signed our FA’s?? What are you talking about? He has resigned Charles, Hali, DJ, Flowers & Succop. Tony G wanted out and deserved a chance to win a SB and Carr wanted all his life to play for Dallas and was overpaid compared to his performance this year. He also brought in Lilja and Weigmann that helped us to lead the NFL in rushing in 2010. As long as he can secure Bowe, Colquitt and Albert I would say SUCCESS there also.

          • toperspective

            Wow, don’t see many people saying Jackson isn’t a major disappointment. 5 careers sacks. I will grant that the 2009 draft was weak. Agree re Berry. Baldwin sure appears to be a bust but it’s hard to judge when the team doesn’t have a QB. I agree Poe is TBD but as usual Pioli reaches to take a player way higher than anyone anticipated. Why not trade down and get add’l picks? I just reviewed a list of the top 50 rookies for 2012. Not a Chief to be found. But the proof is in the puddin’ and the Chiefs were the worst team in football. Pioli drafts and Pioli hires the coach. How anyone can defend this guy is beyond comprehension.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Tyson Jackson isn’t the same guy since they stuck a real Nose next to him and let him play all three downs.

          • KCMikeG

            Thing that is beyond my comprehension is how some want to completely ignore reality and believe the misinformed. Everyone except the most loyal hater agree Berry is a Super Star and will be even better when relieved of his LB positioning next year. You agree that it is hard to judge Baldwin w/o a QB PLUS Houston for free. You agree that Poe is TBD and as Stacy D. Smith points out Jackson is better with Poe. Jackson was already very good at what we asked him to do in addition to switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4. Jackson will continue to improve and although he may never be worthy of where he was drafted he definitely is NOT a disappointment or bust as many believe. But don’t just take my word for it try PFF a very well respected evaluator of talent. ALL of the following from Pro Football Focus:

            According to Pro Football Focus, Jackson had 38 defensive stops (characterized as tackles for an offensive failure on the play) in 2011. That total led the NFL in run stop frequency.

            The Chiefs completed their defensive line with a third first round pick in this year’s draft in the shape of Dontari Poe from Memphis. If they have managed to identify another player of similar run-stuffing ability, their D is well on its way to being an extremely formidable unit. Though neither Glenn Dorsey nor Tyson Jackson will ever be redeemed in the eyes of some people who care only about the sack stats, they have developed into two of the best run-stuffing defensive linemen in the NFL. That is why they are Kansas City’s Secret Superstars.

            https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2012/06/02/secret-superstar-tyson-jackson-and-glenn-dorsey-des-kansas-city-chiefs/

            As far as Pioli’s 2012 draft not showing up in the top 50 that is a sign of development and that players are being drafted to develop like Poe, Stephenson, Allen, Gray and Wylie. Hemingway, Long and Menzie all got hurt.

          • toperspective

            So you think Pioli is a good talent evaluator and think he should keep his job? Yes, four years of high draft picks should yield some serviceable players. Do they have a QB? Russell Wilson sure would have been a nice addition? You would have to be an idiot to believe that Cassel and Quinn would lead the team to the Super Bowl. Do you think anyone would hire him as a GM after this disaster? NE can afford to take development projects, KC cannot. They had the worst record in the NFL. They won two stinking games and were the laughing stock of the league. I don’t care only about sack stats but I do care about wins. it’s amazing that anyone can defend Pioli. Look at what has happened in Seattle, St Louis and SF with competent leadership. A franchise can be turned around very quickly with the right leaders. The Chiefs don’t have the right leaders.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Couldn’t agree more.

    • ArrowFan

      Clark is playing the Pioli problem perfectly right now.

      • tm1946

        Agree to disagree. Pioli in the same room during HC interviews is a negative to me. After all didn’t Clark say, he would make the next HC hire and GM would be an equal to HC and have a lesser role in operations. Pioli being there flies in the face of the Hunt memo.

        • http://twitter.com/biglump007 Leon Ritz

          Unless you have been in the room you are going on the report of one person that I know of who reported Pioli was there in ATL, and no one has reported he is in Philly. You just like the rest of us don’t have any real idea what is happening at this moment so stop acting like you do.

        • ArrowFan

          Enjoy the ride when we get off in a few months then we can evaluate what Hunt has or has not done correctly.

  • http://twitter.com/biglump007 Leon Ritz

    Chain his ass to a chair and make him sign the damn contract.

    • tm1946

      From your mouth to Clark’s ear and Pioli’s chair.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.aldridge.73 Jonathan Aldridge

    9 playoff appearances, 5 nfc championships, a super bowl, and only 3 losing records in the span of 14 years? i love it. also, he will help clark hunt decide piolis fate

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      If Hunt hires Reid I am guessing Pioli is toast.

      • sidibeke

        All the more reason to hire him, of course.

        • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

          lol

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Yup. At least in his previous capacity as GM.

  • tm1946

    Koetter just signed an extention with Atl immediately after meeting with the Chiefs There is one big fish that got away, if he is defined as a big fish? Also reported Pioli was present with Clark at the Koetter meeting, wonder how that ties into his reduced role?

    • toperspective

      Shows how dysfunctional the franchise is. Who would want to stay as an OC rather then be a HC for a quality franchise? Unfortunately, the Chiefs aren’t a quality franchise. Just a money making endeavor for Lamar’s little boy.

  • xxxlp

    I’d love Reid as the HC. Let’s grab him before the Cards can even get in an interview. Also, pursue Kyle Shanahan ASAP. After bringing along RG3 so well and playing to his strengths, he’d do the same thing with Geno Smith (should that be our first pick). Also, his run offense was first in the league, and overall they were 4th or 5th in the league in scoring/yards. With rookies at QB and RB. With Jamaal Charles and many more weapons than the Redskins have, I can see this being an extremely enticing opportunity for him. This would also be much better than Dabol, who’s best offense in the league before he got here was 20th, in 2011. He’s consistently been low in the rankings. Granted he was on bad teams, but still. Reid/Shanahan, and then I don’t really care who the DC is at that point, I’ll be stoked.

    • Michael Shaw

      You better care who the DC is. Look how bad the Philly D was with all the high priced talent they signed!!!

      • xxxlp

        They had some problems, but mainly that was having Juan Castillo as the DC. I’m too lazy to check atm, but wasn’t he an offensive line coach before moving to DC? Something weird like that. If we get a defensive-minded guy, I’d be okay with practically anyone. Also; one thing to note: Total defense, the Eagles were 15th this year, and to put that in comparison, we were ranked 20th. So despite being “bad” (read: average) they were better than us. Of course, when our defense can, you know, actually play with the lead once in awhile, from the upgraded offense, our defense will magically transform and look more like it did at the tail-end of last year. That’s the hope, anyway.

  • chiefridgy

    doesn’t make any sense why egoli is in the interview process.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      What does it hurt? He’s not making the decision. Clark’s made that abundantly clear.

    • KCMikeG

      It makes sense because he got a 2 year extension already but his role will be determined by the new HC.

      • chiefridgy

        A two year what?

  • toperspective

    Just a ploy by Reid to drive up his price. No big name coach is going to come to this dysfunctional, cheap franchise.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      He doesn’t really need to drive up his price tag IMO. Save Gruden/Cowher, he is the most qualified candidate out there. He’s going to get pretty much whatever he wants from someone.

      • toperspective

        AZ doesn’t exactly have a reputation as a big spender. It always helps in negotiations to be “in demand”. Not only as it relates to salary but also as it relates to operational control. If you really want to hire someone and you know there are other interested parties, you will give more and give it faster to close the deal.

    • Joe Myers

      you better watch your mouth talking about my chiefs eather you are or your not a fan don’t run your mouth b%&#h

      • toperspective

        Grow up and go back to school. Do you think this is a well run franchise? Are you happy with how things are going? Are you a fan of Pioli?

      • Chief Hokie

        Ah the old “you’re not a real fan” rant on AA. Gotta love it.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      So cheap he made Scott Pioli the highest-paid GM in football 4 years ago?

      • toperspective

        Hmm…the Chiefs are always on the list for teams with the most salary cap. You can disagree that he is cheap but you can’t disagree that he has been an utter failure as an owner. The Chiefs are 29-67 in the six full seasons he’s been chairman and the trend is in the wrong direction. The Pioli nonsense shows he is indecisive. If he gave Pioli an extension it shows he is clueless. The way he treated the long term Chiefs employees shows he is heartless. The Chiefs are just part of his portfolio. He has no passion or love for the team, the city or the fans.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          Independent reports debunked the myth about the Chiefs having the most cap space in the NFL too. All of that was unfounded nonsense. Has he failed? No question about it, but it’s certainly not because he’s been unwilling to spend.

          The idea that he doesn’t care is baseless.

          The AFC Championship trophy bears his father’s name. You really don’t think he’d like to hoist that for his own franchise one day? I don’t buy that for one second. He’s after Andy Reid. He’s arguably the most qualified and well-decorated coach available. THAT suggests to you that he doesn’t care?

          • toperspective

            I’d like to see these “independent reports” because every list I’ve seen has the Chiefs near the top. It is a moot point going forward since the new agreement forces the teams to spend close to the cap. Sure would have been nice to keep Carr instead of Pioli’s brilliant Routt signing. I have no idea whether the fact that his father’s name is on the trophy means something. I see it everyday where the children of successful business owners have no interest in running the business and have no interest in working hard. Does he care? Maybe. However, the view from the outside makes it appear that he’s not particularly passionate about the team or the sport….an absentee owner of a horribly dysfunctional franchise. Do you think the franchise has a good reputation among players, agents and personnel people? The fans of KC deserve much better.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Look no further. Right here at AA: http://arrowheadaddict.com/2012/09/27/findings-of-a-chiefs-fan-who-gotaclue/

            I think the whole “avoid the Chiefs at all costs” idea is overstated. I’m not sure that has the kind of legs people suggest it does. Eric Winston was one of the best FA’s to come available in last off-season and the Chiefs got him signed.

            Are there some coaches and players who have an axe to grind with KC? Sure, but is that really any different than other franchises where coaches have been fired and players have been cut or allowed to become free agents?

  • Cha-iefs

    I want Reid as a HC ONLY IF IT MEANS pioli is gone. Thats about where it stops with me though.

    Reid has a 180 degree different scheme he comes with. It’s NOTHING like what KC is and has been. [Okay, change might be good right?] Not that much change! Okay i love Jamaal charles as much as the next fan but that dude will NEVER touch the football again if Reid comes to KC. *McCoy* Wow, it got a little “raven-like” in philly. ANDY! GIVE HIM THE BALL! Ravens canned a coach [OC] bcuz he wouldn’t feed RR the ball.

    Andy Reid is a great coach but not a great fit for KC. The chiefs however, ARE a GREAT fit for Reid and he’d be a idiot not to come to a team that has loads of talent, the first pick in the draft,AND is dragging on the bottom of the win-loss column… theres only one direction you can go while your on the bottom. That being said, I’ll take it if it means pioli gets the boot! It’s just NOT a good fit for KC,but it IS FOR REID.
    If he is hired then be ready for HUGE changes!

    • http://twitter.com/biglump007 Leon Ritz

      You do realize that last year McCoy had 254 touches in 12 games, 200 carries and 54 pass receptions. That’s 16 carries and 21 total touches average per game. 21 touches by Jamaal is not him never touching the ball again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dusty.murray.9 Dusty Murray

    A reason Reid would consider it even after the first pick, a loaded roster, plenty of cap space, and a chance to turn a team around is the fact that Reid got his start as an assistant under Marty Schottenheimer. Reid would come “home” to a place he got his start and I’m sure Clark has thrown in the “my father loved this team til his dying days” card during the interview.

  • http://www.facebook.com/douglas.webb.31 Douglas Webb

    I’m wondering if Pioli is going to be less talent evaluator and more contract negotiator? As in, new HC says hers the guy(s) I want, pay em….and Pioli structures the contracts with Clark as a liason between the two.

    • ArrowFan

      If Pioli stays and Bowe is signed without the use of the tag then you have your answer.

    • Chief Hokie

      Its either that or they’re just keeping pioli around to make sure the stairwells are clean of any candy wrappers.

      • toperspective

        Perfect. Also they need someone to monitor the wire taps.

  • http://twitter.com/1fjefrey Jeff Gartin

    While I have a lot of respect for Andy Reid’s history, he had an Eagles team with talent this year that was only slightly better than the Chefs. I don’t think he is washed up, but I do think he could use a year or 2 off to get his head right. Go get Bruce Arians now!!

    • Michael Shaw

      The Colts will try their best to keep Arians because, unfortunately, they don’t know if their current HC will be able to stay healthy with his leaukemia.

  • tm1946

    PFW is saying Pioli got his extention worth about 12 mil. No idea how take plays into this soap opera but can understand why he needs to stay longer in KC. Hope Clarks memo does not come back to bite him.

    • toperspective

      Really? If true it shows how clueless Hunt is. Maybe Pioli has some incriminating pictures.

      • tm1946

        If true, may be more about law suits against the Chiefs and the money Hunt would have to pay Pioli to leave. Probably not true at all, 810am stated Pioli is still Hunt’s guy. and the new HC will have to fit in with those two. But what is the truth?

        • toperspective

          I just hope the truth isn’t that Pioli is Hunt’s guy. If that’s the case then the Chiefs fans have no hope whatsoever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/boyce.berry Boyce Berry

    Anything to have Pioli officially gone….

  • Michael Shaw

    I say hire Reid, bring Chan back as OC cause Kyle Shanahan won’t play the same role for us that he does for his dad and………….no idea who is available for a Decent 3-4 DC. Any ideas?

    • http://twitter.com/1fjefrey Jeff Gartin

      I know of a good 3-4 DC who already has a home in KC…

  • PunjabiPete

    I love his mustache, he looks like a walrus. Hire the man. Give him money. Let him ruffle your hair and call you “Sport” in public, Clark. Do what it takes.

  • tm1946

    Do not kill the messenger, ESPN is reporting Reid will visit in AZ tomorrow. They say AZ is beating KC right now altho KC may be a better fit.

  • http://twitter.com/skymuscle83 Skylor Kingrey

    Ok first off no to reid DO NOT HIRE HIM!!! I said this when most people wanted Crennel and that loser got hire now a ton of people are on the Andy Reid bandwagon and I’m not. Don’t hire him!! There are better candidates out there like Koetter, oh wait Clark you messed that up when you had Pioli tag along!!! Ok, Clark an actual good candidate that would have made a good Head Coach in Koetter but you have pioli tag along and crazy he signs an extension after you leave??? NOT CRAZY, You messed up when you had Pioli interview with you!!! Are you stupid Clark??? I could have told you any quality Head Coach won’t come here with pioli. either fire pioli or do the interviews yourself. DO NOT BRING PIOLI WITH YOU!!!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Dirk Koetter’s a better candidate than Andy Reid? K.

    • http://twitter.com/biglump007 Leon Ritz

      Only reason Koetter interviewed with anyone was to get ATL to give him a new contract. No NFL team was serious about hiring him by no means. I have no clue why anyone would think an OC with no HC experience is a better candidate than a proven winner who has been a head coach for 14 years. 5 NFC championships and a superbowl says Reid is better, the FACT that Reid has won more playoff games as a HC than the Chiefs have in their history says he is a better candidate. Please know what you are talking about before you post, Thanks

  • James Denton

    According to NFL live, NBC Sportstalk NFL, and NFL 32, Chiefs represenatives met with Andy Reid in Philly today! I am figuring it was Clark Hunt ONLY and maybe some other Chiefs brass as they did say Pioli was in on the falcons interviews but was not a part of the Reid interview! I am hoping they bag Reid before the Arizona trip as they all stated as well that he has been assembling his own coaching staff also. I think he would be a great fit for the Chiefs! He has experience with QB’s and you can’t argue with his record in Philly what was it 3 losing seasons in 14 or 15 years compared to a Super Bowl, Conference Championships, Division Winners, and he already has a pretty decent group of players to start with in KC. I mean the coaches and players has to know something about the Chiefs we do have 5 pro bowlers this year with more deserving players than that! But it’s sad that we had more pro bowlers than wins on the season, but the season is over! Bring in Reid OUST Pioli and let’s get ready for 2013!! It could very well be our year to compete!!!