December 12, 2011; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt speaks during the press conference at the Kansas City Chiefs practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Keep Calm And Hire Andy Reid

Ladies and gentleman, the chairman has spoken.

Clark Hunt, over the last 144 hours, has single-handedly given Chiefs Kingdom a reason to hope — again. On Friday, Hunt terminated general manager Scott Pioli. If that weren’t enough, he went on to hire Andy Reid to become the thirteenth head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. It’s almost as though he’d been listening to his naysayers. Naysayers who questioned his commitment to making the Chiefs a competitive football team. His dissenters should now have their answer. Clearly this was the work of a man who is both prideful and concerned about his organization.

This is the second time that Clark Hunt has gone out and landed arguably the best candidate available to lead his football team. In both cases, it required Hunt to cut a pretty big check. In 2009, Clark Hunt hired Scott Pioli to replace Carl Peterson as GM. That contract made Pioli the highest paid general manager in the NFL. Reid’s five-year deal will reportedly make him one of the highest paid coaches in the league. That, my friends, suggests a burning desire to win.

Hunt introduced his new head coach in a press conference on Monday afternoon. With the Reid announcement out of the way, Hunt will now turn his attention to hiring Pioli’s replacement. Green Bay’s college scouting director John Dorsey is rumored to be the top choice for the job. The Packers advanced to the next round of the playoffs on Saturday night, so the Dorsey situation won’t be resolved for at least another week. In the interim, Reid is likely to start the process of assembling a new coaching staff.

No coaches have been named to Reid’s staff as of yet, but rumors are flying around about who he might hire. Most suspect he’ll bring in some of his former coaches to reprise the roles they held under him in the past. Right now we’re hearing names like Juan Castillo, Pat Shurmur, and Brad Childress (offensively). There are fewer ideas about which direction he’ll go in at defensive coordinator, but Monte Kiffin’s name has been kicked around a bit. It’s very possible that Reid’s hiring will signal the end of the 3-4 defense in Kansas City. That may not be as problematic as it sounds though, as several of Kansas City’s key defensive playmakers are scheme-diverse.

The Reid hiring represents new beginnings for everyone involved. It’s certainly a fresh start for everyone who previously worked at One Arrowhead Drive. It’s also a clean slate for Andy Reid. The former head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles was maligned after his last two unsuccessful seasons in the City of Brotherly Love. Those two seasons prompted his ousting after 14 years.

There are those who think Reid would’ve been well served by some time away from the game. 2012 was a rough year for Andy Reid, in ways that extend well beyond the white lines of the gridiron. A change of scenery may be exactly what he needs. At least Reid seems to think so:

“My family and I are very excited to join the Chiefs organization and the Kansas City community,” Reid said. “I want to thank the Hunt family for allowing me the opportunity to lead this storied franchise. The Chiefs have always had a passionate fan base and I’m looking forward to Sundays at Arrowhead Stadium. We’ve got a lot of work to do to get ready for next season, and we are going to get started immediately.”

There’s still plenty of work to be done to lay the foundation for the new-look Kansas City Chiefs. Reid is tasked with finding quality coordinators to usher in new offensive and defensive ideas. Those two forthcoming hires are key to keeping the train on the tracks, but so, too, is identifying the Chiefs’ future at quarterback. The Chiefs own the #1 pick in April’s draft, but it’s unclear whether or not Reid will start his administration in Kansas City the same way he did in Philadelphia. He began his run there with a young quarterback out of Syracuse named Donovan McNabb (selected 2nd overall in the 1999 NFL Draft). Chiefs fans are split on the issue of who to draft with the top pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, but many of them have West Virginia’s Geno Smith at the top of their wishlist. Fans can only hope Andy Reid feels the same way. He had this to say about the position in yesterday’s presser:

“The quarterback position, I’m going to dig in and look at that and we’ll build that thing. We’ll see how that whole thing builds out. I need to spend some time working at it, though. I’ve got to find that next Len Dawson, doggone it. It might be right here, it might not.”

It’s tough to know what to make of that, but we can rest easy knowing that Reid understands how important that position is to winning in the NFL. One can only hope that he’s as disgusted with the three quarterbacks on the roster as the “sea of Red” contingent he alluded to on Monday.

More answers are on the way, but it will take time to see exactly what Andy Reid has planned for this franchise. Buckle your safety belts, boys and girls. We’re in for a ride over the next few weeks. Hopefully the coaching staff and front office will be rounded out by then. The Senior Bowl is at the end of the month. The NFL combine will follow three weeks later. Andy Reid prides himself on organization so if anybody will be prepared, he will. I, for one, am glad that the Chiefs finally have a head coach who knows the importance of preparation.

Until next week, Addicts!

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs

  • Matt

    Will we ever see Alex Tanney play?

    • Jonathan Aldridge

      probably only in pre season

    • Danny W

      Yes go to youtube. Probably the only shot he’ll be given.

    • big chief

      I’d like to see him get a real chance. He played small college ball but his numbers were sick. Plus we know he’s accurate at least with no pressure.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Negative Ghostrider.

  • drakeku

    you’re right i’ve been a naysayer of clark for years and now atleast i can say that hes trying hard. but i also think this has more to do with PR than him winning football games. he knows he has to listen to the fans now because he treated us like children and ignorned us for the last 2 years. yes he did go out and get a big name, that is a good thing. but he also did the same thing every rich kid i ever knew does when things get down. go out and buy his way out of the problem. he didnt waste anytime and that usually a good but its also impulsive. maybe andy reid was the ferrari with 100,000 miles on it and chip kelly or others were brand new corvettes. the ferrari looks the best is gunna get more gawkers but its best days are prolly behind it, while other coaches may never be as good. but they may outlast the ferrari and surpass it over time. i still have my reservations about clark hunt and andy reid and only winning will fix that. hopefully it gets fixed


      So, please share with everyone, who would have been your choice? And maybe give some reasons that we can believe would be better that the one that Hunt made.

      • drakeku

        im not saying im rooting against reid, im just a chiefs fan whos been burned for 20 years and have to see results before i buy in completely. this was a solid pick up, but with clark hunts past you have to question his talent evaluating ability. the last pick he personally made was the obvious “this is the best guy on the market and we’ve been millions under the cap so we have go out and spend the most money possible to get the biggest name to save our repuation and protect our products repuation”. it didnt work with pioli so im skeptical of it working again. i think reid is the best name out there since chip kelly isnt coming. but geno smith is also the best guy out there so thats how bad “the best guy out there” can be. im not saying clark made the wrong choice thats yet to be seen. i dont trust clark hunt, anything he does. look at his boy in jail that was incharge of his hedge fund, look at scott pioli…i dont trust clark hunt until he wins.

        • drakeku

          and to answer your question. if i were clark hunt, a man that has no football knowledge, never coached, never played, never general managed, never did anything accept sit in the owners box and keep my mouth shut, i would have hired a GM who is proven to be able to scout talent at coaching positions to make the coaching decision. clark hunt isnt qualified to make the headcoaching choice. now that doesnt mean he got it wrong because unexperienced people come into industrys and have big impacts and make big changes. im just saying that clark hunt is less qualified than people who work in the football industry exclusively and not just as one of the many jobs they have, clark hunt owns two other pro teams and controls hedge funds…

    • Ron White

      I’ll take a used Ferrari over a brand new Corvette every day….Not even close

    • PunjabiPete

      Last I heard Chip Kelly had no intention of coaching anywhere other than where he is now. I may be wrong though. Is there ANYTHING Clark Hunt could have done to please you? If he had told Andy Reid “we’ll keep your name on file”, he would have been talking to Arizona or San Diego media right now instead of us. It is nothing like your Ferrari/ Corvette assertion, and more like that hot chick who finally gives you the time of day even after seeing you punch all your other girlfriends out; you will only get one chance, Skippy, so you better make it work.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Chip Kelly has ZERO NFL experience. When does that EVER work?

  • Danny W

    I hope Reid has been humbled by his two previous seasons and understands how important an established DC is. I also hope he gets another coach in here that can keep him accountable on offense. We cannot turn Jamal Charles into the forgotten Shady McCoy. Charles needs 20 carries a game. I hope he gets Norv Turner in here as a coordinator or someone with previous success. Then finally I hope he leaves no stone unturned and no dollar unspent on a quarterback.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      These coordinator picks are HUGE. I’m confident he’ll get a good offensive coordinator. His fascination with Kiffin, as DC, worries me.

  • Priest4Prez

    I’m very curious to how our draft will look like and how odd it will look from last year. Odd being how it’ll probaly make sense and not all of us gathering here and trying to justify every damn pick. That’s when I’ll be truely on board here, how’s your draft board look come April Big Red? We’ll see, oh we’ll see