After he received a phone call from Hunt on Monday, Reid managed to secure tape of every game that Kansas City played this season. And he watched every play from all 16 of them, first looking at the offense and then looking at the defense, trying to understand what he’d be walking into.
“When I look at the Chiefs, I look at the bigger picture,” he said. “What are they about? What are they made of? Every organization goes through a lull, personnel changes, players grow old, they change. Maybe a draft pick here or there didn’t work, a free agent didn’t work. That happens. What’s the grit of the organization?
“I’ve been in this thing long enough to appreciate that,” Reid said. “I came from a great organization. I wanted to make sure I had that opportunity to be again in a great organization.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Andy to the Chiefs family,” Hunt said. “Throughout his career, Andy has established himself as one of the finest coaches in the National Football League. His integrity, knowledge of the game, work ethic and outstanding abilities as a teacher and communicator make him the ideal head coach to lead the Chiefs for many years to come.”
Pioli’s departure cleared the way for Reid to become the head of football operations in Kansas City, much the way he was in Philadelphia. Reid answered only to Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie during his time in Philly and will likely have the same authority in KC with Hunt.
Hunt was on the other end of the line, starting his search for a replacement for Romeo Crennel, who was dismissed by the Chiefs about the same time that Reid was let go by Philadelphia.
“Andy spoke to all of his players, and he came back to his desk, sat down, and by some good fortune on my part, I called at that time, and he picked the phone up,” Hunt said in recalling the courtship of Reid, who on Monday was introduced as the head coach of the Chiefs.
“We had a great conversation, and we got the interview tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, which we were able to firm up, and the process happened fast.”
That filing was made Dec. 13, 2012. The next day, Belcher’s mother shot back in Jackson County, Mo., probate court — accusing the Perkins family of kidnapping Zoey after her mother’s funeral.
After the services, “the maternal relatives . . . ceased communicating with Cheryl Shepherd and have refused to return her calls or return the child to her care,” lawyer Gretchen Gold wrote in an e-mail to probate-court officials.
Belcher’s mother was granted temporary custody of the baby after the murder-suicide.
At a hearing set for Friday in Missouri, Franks will argue that Shepherd filed her lawsuit in the wrong jurisdiction.
Shepherd lives in West Babylon, LI, where she was served her court papers, Franks said.
“Right now, the case is in jurisdictional limbo,” Franks said.
It’s expected that Reid will attempt to lure back many names from his best days in Philadelphia, including Pat Shurmur, who was fired as the Cleveland Browns coach on Monday. Shurmur was an assistant with the Eagles from 1999-2008.
Another name that has surfaced is Brad Childress, who was the Browns’ offensive coordinator this past season. He worked in Philadelphia from 1999-2005, first as quarterbacks coach and then as offensive coordinator, before taking the head coaching job in Minnesota in 2006.
Doug Pederson, who played ahead of Donovan McNabb during part of the 1999 season, rejoined the Eagles as an assistant coach in 2009 and could stay with Reid in Kansas City.
Juan Castillo reportedly has an offer from Reid to become his offensive line coach. Castillo was successful in that role with Philadelphia, but after struggling in a new role as defensive coordinator, Reid made a difficult decision to fire him earlier this season.