Clark Hunt Firing On All Cylinders



Not since the Chiefs hired Marty Schottenheimer have the Chiefs hired such a high-profile, completely qualified and attractive head coaching prospect. Clark Hunt has done it this time. He’s landed the biggest fish and he did it in record time. The Kansas City Chiefs machine is revved up and ready to compete for the trophies because Andy Reid is that big a deal.

By parting ways with Scott Pioli the Hunt family has effectively liberated the organization from the the most unpopular  general manager in Chiefs history. Pioli’s cloak-and-dagger know-it-all approach to public relations helped to alienate a fan based that saw the irony of such an approach: he didn’t know it all and was an unavailable failure.

Chiefs fans can come back to the games with confidence now. Andy Reid has been typified as highly organized, successful and comes in with a plan. In the past ten seasons Andy Reid’s Eagles have won more playoff games than the Chiefs organization has won in it’s entire history.

The first and most important decision facing the Reid-Hunt team will be their defensive coordinator hire. Questions abound in this area that will impact half the players on that side of the ball. If the Reid finds a DC who can implement the 3-4 then those defensive players are safe for the most part. If he hires a 4-3 guy, like the defensive he has always run in Philly, no one is safe.

Andy Reid, like Marty Schottenheimer, comes in with success at the helm of another organization where he couldn’t bag the biggest beast of all: the Lombardi trophy. Schottenheimer may in some indirect way been responsible for bringing Reid to KC. When he met with Hunt a few weeks ago, Marty may have been the one to point out that the coaching hire should be done by the owner and that the coach should report directly to Hunt himself.

More good news for Chiefs fans is that Andy Reid knows how to develop quarterbacks and runs a quarterback friendly system. He also knows how to maximize the value of his QB personnel, trading away both McNabb and Kolb. Then Reid drafted Nick Foles, who appears to have a solid future. Check out my breakdown of Nick Foles last January.

Andy Reid may be a short name but, Chiefs fans need to know, it’s also a big one. He will attract coaches and players like never before in the history of the franchise. Reid’s highly organized approach creates an environment that coaches and players want to be a part of. Also, Andy Reid is a winner. He’s 130-93-1 in the regular season, 10-9 in playoff games and his Eagles won the NFC Championship in 2004. Reid is Mormon and a family man with five children. In August of 2012 Reid and his family suffered the loss of their oldest son Garrett, who died in his college dorm room from an apparent overdose of heroin.

Players love Reid and want to perform for him. WR Jeremy Maclin, in response to Reid’s firing said, “I feel like we can play better, individually and as a team. I feel like we let (Reid) down.”

Quarterback Nick Foles said, “I’ll remember great things about him and how positive he was. He still wants us to succeed and keep pushing forward. It’s a sick feeling. All you can do is wish him the best. I know he’ll be fine.”

Ron Jaworski, one time QB in Philadelphia and currently a sports analyst for ESPN said, “There’s no doubt he’s a decent man and a terrific human being.”  However, after a 4-12 season it was time for Reid to step aside and begin a new chapter elsewhere.

Credit and praise should be given to Clark Hunt. He took a cadre of Chiefs organizational people with him to Philadelphia to head Andy Reid off at the pass. Then he pulled out his six-shooter and landed every round in the target. Nice job Mr. Hunt.

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  • http://twitter.com/truman_yeary Truman Yeary

    Do you think Reid will want to trade and bring Nick Foles to KC?

    • ladner morse

      Here’s the deal… I wouldn’t be at all surprised if either Foles or Vick lands in KC. I’d give that 50% chance.

      • KCMikeG

        “I like Geno and think it could work very well for us. If we do I am totally on board for selecting another QB in the 3rd or 4th round. But try this one on for size. How about trading out instead of down. Let’s trade out of our #1 pick for a #1 next year and a 2nd this year. Take QB Boyd and CB Rhodes in the 2nd round. Then if things don’t work out we are positioned to go after Manziel next year with two #1′s and give up 2015′s #1 and whatever else it takes to get it done. Still have Boyd and if he has worked out could be traded for another 1st rounder or be a fantastic back up QB. Foles would add to the QB competition but Alex Smith just gives us Cassel 2.0. So what do you think?”

        • ladner morse

          Great idea. I proposed a trade very nearly like this one last draft season and it was pooh poohed by many. However, Reid is at the beginning of this stay in KC so he might as well leverage for a better KC future and the idea that the Chiefs could end up with Manziel is outrageously wonderful. Good post!

          • KCMikeG

            Thanks! This is more possible this year as Reid has a history of trading down/out. I still think everyone is missing the jewel of the draft in Taj Boyd. I liked him already but his bowl game vs the impressive LSU defense sealed the deal for me. His OL was overmatched and he was constantly under pressure and took some huge shots but just kept fighting back. Calm, cool and collected and brought his team back to win. Sign him up!

          • ladner morse

            Michael, Boyd isn’t coming out this year is he? Have you heard something?

          • KCMikeG

            He is yet to announce with just 8 days left. I just read last night that his father has said he may wait to come out next year as he believes he would be a 1st round pick next year vs a 3rd or 4th this year. This would move me towards supporting Geno with our 1st round this year. With McCarron, Fales, Boyd, Manziel, Murray, Bray, Mettenberger, Carr all coming out next year it appears we wouldn’t need a top 10 draft pick to get another QB if Geno doesn’t work or for competition and excellent depth. Why is it we and for that matter so many other teams have such little focus on the back up QB? It is THE most important position on the team yet so many are willing to put the entire franchise’s success on one potential elite guy. The Skins going after RGIII and Cousins was ridiculed at the time but seems pretty darn smart in hind sight. Still don’t get why they did go with or at least go to Cousins sooner yesterday as RGIII was not up to the task. I fear for him and the Skins that as much potential as RGIII has he will not be durable enough to see long term success.

  • Cha-iefs

    It would serve KC best not to succumb to the fan base pressure and they should steer clear of Geno Smith this draft. Depending on the FA deals they can make with their big name FAs….KC should grab Alex Smith,take a later round QB in the draft to develope him under Reid.
    Where KC drafts first overall is up to what they get figured out with their FAs. I see it as a LB,OT,QB,[DT if Reid is going 43 in KC] draft this year. *No certain order. I think it’d be wise to build the DEF and the Oline even thoses arn’t the popular choices of the fan base. It is ENOUGH that Reid was hired on as HC to show the fans Clark is serious about winning. KC doesn’t need to get desperate and waste a #1 overall pick on over-hyped QB. Clark should let Reid work his magic and i hope there won’t be the pressure of “winning fans over” for Reid and he feels he MUST get a QB at #1. We’ll see what happens…
    *The Pinstripe Bowl didn’t do Geno any favors,thats for sure.

    • Scuba Steve

      I don’t know if you actually watched the Pinstripe Bowl or not, but I sure as heck did and Geno Smith played well.. his offensive line looked like 5 Barry Richardsons and WVU’s defense is one of the worst in the nation. Go back and watch every snap that Geno took and you’ll notice that he looked pretty good. He threw his receivers open for a couple of touchdowns that an Alex Smith type QB wouldn’t be able to do.

      • Justin R Groth

        Got robbed on his throw away that landed at the feet of his rb

    • ladner morse

      I watched the Pinstripe Bowl too and yes, Geno did play well considering the conditions — meaning his O-line was bad against Syracuse’ D-line.

      Before the hiring of Andy Reid I was only in favor of drafting Manti Teo or some other higher rated stud. However, because Reid is such a quarterback friendly coach and because he traditionally runs his own version of a West Coast offense based on quick passes and timing routes inside… I would now say that Geno would be the better Smith to take than Alex.

      Although, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them both end up on the Chiefs roster this coming season. I’d be pretty happy about that too.

      • Jim Harper

        No kidding Laddie. Both would be sweet. They need to get Albert signed so they know how to draft. If he leaves then they have to address LT and Joeckel is no joke.It’s going to be exciting to see how things develop between now and draft day. I am so very proud of Clark. He proved to not be the marshmallow he had been depicted to be. I think we need Bowe too, and maybe now he can be coaxed into staying.

        • ladner morse

          Picking up ALEX Smith in free agency make it more feasible to me that they go ahead and get GENO Smith in the draft. A tutor? A great back-up? A darn good starter, either way? You have all bases covered.

          Then focus on every other position of need. Chiefs would be set at QB going forward… perhaps like never before.

    • Brody Hall

      So your telling me that we dont take a CB until atleast round 5? LOL! Listien man, Geno is taking all this heat because of the win loss record but everyone fails to realise that he was putting up 30+ points and still losig games. Not his fault, Geno has gotten better every season and is the best QB for a reason and I would not be upset if we take him #1. Alex Smith would be learning another new system which history has shown he does not do too hot. We dont know what kind of QB Alex will be without Harbough. I say we snag them both! I remember wheneveryone was saying RG3 was not another Cam Newton… Well look at what happened! Now Geno who put up the same if not better number than RG3 did in the NCAA… Is unworthy? Someone please explain whats wrong with this kid because nobody, not even the so called “experts” have been able to really!!!

      • Justin R Groth

        Lol I got attack on bleachers report for almost the same thing. I pointed out the similarities of competition and stats between two. I was then told that stats lie and that I need to get in his head (Idk). So I guess that’s the explanation. I say get him he is good at what he does (being a Qb that scores). Plus I don’t understand the plan to get Qb in 2nd rnd because of a “weak” Qb draft. Idk

    • superman_25_58

      16-24 – 187 YDS – 2TD – 0 INT, I DOUBT THIS IS GOING TO HURT HIM. I MEAN ALL THESE PEOPLE WANTING MIKE GLENNON BC HE IS SO GOOD AND NFL READY…………..REALLY? THREW 3 INT IN FIRST HALF OF HIS BOWL GAME LOSS

      • ladner morse

        Scott, many people will not even read a post in all caps. Some think you are upset by doing that so you might want to tame the CAPS LOCK.

  • Arrowhead Adventurer

    Keep going Clark! Keep going Ladner!

    • ladner morse

      Looks like Clark doesn’t need Ladner’s help. :)

  • superman_25_58

    I gotta say I’m tired of all these analyst and sports fans say that there isn’t
    a clear cut QB in this draft n that their isn’t a ” Luck or RGIII ” in this
    class well I say bs and the stats show that GENO SMITH is clearly better than
    all the QB’s on this list! None of these QB’s has a higher comp% AND GENO SMITH HAS THROWN MORE PASS ATT THAN MOST on this list and to me that’s whaT matters most and he is obviously quite good at it. 98 TD’s VS 21 INT man that is all I need to know n that is ” PICK GENO WITH #1 PICK AND WE WILL BE IN CONTENTION FOR YEARS TO COME! BET ON IT!

    GENO SMITH VS PEERS, LAST YEARS ROOKIES, AND HOF COLLEGE QB CAREER STATS THAT MATTER.

    CMP / ATT / CMP% / YDS / TD / INT/ RATING.
    GENO SMITH – 985 / 1461 / 67.4% / 11,658 / 98 / 21 / 153.7.
    M GLENNON – 611 / 1016 / 60.1% / 7,028 / 62 / 28 / 132.9.
    M BARKLEY – 1001 / 1562 / 64.1% / 12,327 /116 / 48 / 148.7.
    R GRIFFEN3- 800 / 1192 / 67.1% / 10,366 / 78 / 17 / 158.9.
    DREW LUCK- 713 / 1064 / 67.0% / 9,430 / 82 / 22 / 162.8.
    R WILSON – 907 / 1489 / 60.9% / 11,720 /109 / 30 / 147.2.
    T WILSON – 593 / 948 / 62.6 % / 7,765 / 52 / 26 / 144.0.

    SOME HOF QB’S AND SOME HEADED TO HOF.

    P MANNING- 863 / 1381 / 62.5% / 11,201 / 89 / 33 / 147.1.
    TOM BRADY- 443 / 711 / 62.3% / 5,351 / 35 / 19 / 136.4.
    A RODGER- 424 / 665 / 63.8% / 5,469 / 43 / 13 / 150.3.
    S YOUNG – 592 / 908 / 65.2% / 7,633 / 56 / 33 / 148.9.
    J ELWAY – 774 / 1246 / 62.1% / 9,344 / 77 / 39 / 139.3.
    P RIVERS- 1087 /1711 / 63.5% / 13,484 / 95 / 34 / 144.1.

    NOW I CAN’T EXPRESS HOW BLIND EVERYONE IS TO THIS! GENO SMITH HAS THE BEST COMP% ” 67.4% ” BETTER THAN ANY1 ON THIS LIST AS WELL AS I BELIEVE THE BEST TD/INT RATIO, CAN MAKE ANY NFL THROW ANY WHERE ON THE FIELD, HAS A BIG TIME ARM THAT CAN THROW A BEAUTIFUL BALL WITH TOUCH AND ACCURACY. HE ALSO HAS ALOT OF POISE IN THE POCKET LOOKING DOWN FIELD READY TO THROW TO HIS OPEN RECIEVERS UNTIL THE LAST POSSIBLE MOMENT THAN CAN MAKE PEOPLE MISS AND EITHER THROW ACCURATELY ON THE RUN OR TAKE OFF AND GET A 10+ YARD GAIN IF NEEDED. HAS GREAT KNOWLEGE OF THE GAME AND IS A TAPE ROOM JUNKIE WHICH MEANS IS WILLING TO WORK AND GET BETTER EVERY DAY NOW THAT IS SUM1 I WANT RUNNING MY TEAM!!!!!

    That a baby this (ANDY REID) is freaking AWESOME BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD! Now we just need to bring in some talent from FREE AGENCEY LIKE…….

    1) MIKE WALLACE (WR/STEELERS) OR GREGG JENNINGS (WR, GB) “TO PAIR UP WITH DUANE BOWE ” SO GIVE HIM HIS MONEY!

    2) OSI UMENIYORA (DE, GIANTS) OR CLIFF AVRIL (DE,
    LIONS).

    3) BRENT GRIMES (CB, ATL) OR TRACY PORTER (CB, DEN) OR
    ROGERS-CROMARTIE (CB, EAGLES).

    PICK UP SOME OF THESE KEY FREE AGENTS THAN
    DRAFT.

    1) GENO SMITH (QB, WV) 6-3/214LBS “96TD/21″ INT CAREER.

    2) DEANDRE HOPKINS (WR, CLEMSON) 6-1/200LBS “69 CTCH – 1214 YDS 16 TD” 40 TIME: 4.40,

    CORNELLE PATTERSON (WR, VOLS) 6-3/200LBS “46 REC – 778 YDS – 5 TDS/ 308 RUSH 3 RUSH TD ” 40 TIME: 4.40.

    3) DAVID AMEROSE (CB, NC ST) 6-3/194LBS “54 TACK – 5 INT – 11 PASS BROKEN UP”(PBU) 40 TIME: 4.46,

    DESMOND TRUFANT (CB, WASH) 6-0/184LBS “34 TACKLE
    - 4.5 TFL – 1 INT – 4 PBU” 40 TIME: 4.42.

    4) KIKO ALONSO (ILB, OREGON) 6-4/244LBS “75 TACK – 12 TF – 2 INT – 5 PBU” 40 TIME: 4.70,

    NICO JOHNSON (ILB, ALABABMA) “54 TACK – 2 FF” 40 TIME: 4.66.

    5) EJ MANUELS (QB, WV),

    KEITH PRICE (QB, WASH).

    6) RAY RAY ARMSTRONG (S/ MIAMI) 6-4/220
    LBS “HAD OFF FIELD ISSUES WITH POT GOT KICKED OFF MIAMI BUT I THINK WITH THIS STAFF HE COULD BE A REAL IMPACT PLAYER” (STEAL) “HOUSTON WORKED OUT LOL” 40 TIME: 4.59.

    DJ SWEARINGER – (S, SC GAMECOCKS) 6-0/210LBS ” 70 TACKLES –
    2 INT- 5 PBU’ 40 TIME: 4.70.

    7) SAM SCHWARTZSTEIN (C, STANFORD) 6-3/290
    LBS ” IF HE CAN ADD 15-30 LBS CAN PLAY C/G PRETTY GOOD LINEMAN PLAYS HARD TO WHISTLE” 40 TIME 5.10.

    • ladner morse

      Nice post.

    • KCMikeG

      Plus he doesn’t take sacks! Nice work on the post.

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

      i agree but please calm down

      • superman_25_58

        Too many years of mediorocracy it’s time to step up to the plate and take a chance on G. Smith. As for calming down I am very calm lol

    • Adam Sherman

      Pretty simple. Could do without the entire chiefs mock draft tho bud including the amount of weight sam schwartzstein should to put on lol

      • superman_25_58

        Whats wrong with the mock draft? As far as (C, stanford) SS, he is a pretty good blocker and would add some much needed depth on the oline and about his weight we need a lineman who can play multiple roles and he is an interior lineman so if coached right I believe he can do what both C/G can do but most gaurds in league I believe average around atleast 310 lbs he is 290 lbs. Just saying there is some really good potential on this mock draft trying to get most outta our picks

  • Outback Chief

    They will draft Geno and they will probably sign Alex Smith as well, I think they are under that much pressure to have success at QB plus that’s the only way they can bring back the fan base as a whole,and I can tell you that if they sign Michael Vick to anything more than Equipment Mgr they will have fans running for the doors

    • ladner morse

      “Leavenworth Chiefs?”… just doesn’t have a great ring to it.