December 30, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) runs with the ball during the first half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
How a team attacks from the West Coast offense, Hasselbeck said, depends on the personnel.
“If you’re feeling good about your quarterback’s skill-set, and you’re feeling good about your pass protection and about your wide receivers’ opportunity to win one-on-ones downfield, then you’ll try to push the ball down the field,” Hasselbeck said. “If not, then you’re going to try to find creative ways to help your guys get open.
“One of the things Michael Vick does really, really well is play-action, take a deep shot … play-action bootleg, deep shot. And (Eagles running back) LeSean McCoy is a great runner …
“McNabb was a similar type player. He was good at taking a deep shot on a post route … those plays are run by a lot of different people. It’s a matter of putting your own personality on each player.”
“After several productive conversations, we made the difficult decision to part ways with Scott Pioli and allow him to pursue other opportunities,” Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said in a statement released by the team. “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.
Reid, a burly, mustachioed man with a striking resemblance to former Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren — one of Reid’s mentors — spent the last 14 seasons as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, where in one of the NFL’s most competitive divisions he won six NFC East championships and took three other teams to the playoffs as wild-card entrants.
Earlier Friday, the Chiefs cleared the way for Reid’s arrival as the franchise’s 13th head coach by parting ways with general manager Scott Pioli. The Chiefs won 10 games and the AFC West championship in 2010 under Pioli but were 23-41 overall during his four seasons.
Charles topped 22 carries in a game six times in 2012, despite the Chiefs nearly always playing from behind. He topped 30 carries twice. That won’t happen under Reid.
That doesn’t necessarily mean bad news for Charles’ fantasy owners. Reid will know how to take advantage of Charles’ receiving ability. Charles fits perfectly as a descendent in the LeSean McCoy and Brian Westbrook lineage.
News broke Thursday that former Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid was close to a deal to become the next Chiefs head coach. Reid would like to bring in a personnel executive like Tom Heckert with him to Kansas City, which would leave no room for Pioli.
The concept of Pioli and Reid working together never made sense in the first place. Pioli was brought to Kansas City on Jan. 13, 2009 to remake the franchise in his image. The Chiefs went 23-41 under Pioli, with the 2010 AFC West championship as a highlight. Like so many former Bill Belichick staffers, Pioli struggled to replicate the winning New England Patriots formula away from Foxborough.
Patrick Allen is VP of Content for the FanSided Network. He also serves the managing editor of the network's very first site, Arrowhead Addict. Originally from Ohio, Patrick is a Chiefs fan first and a Browns fan second (I know!). He also pulls for the Buckeyes, Indians and Cavs. Guinness is thinking of naming him the most miserable sports fan of all time. @rpatrickallen