Chiefs rumors: Would Andy Reid really head back to the Eagles?
By Matt Conner
One sports talk reporter in Philadelphia wonders if Andy Reid would be willing to come back and be President of Football Operations for the Eagles.
When there’s a lack of certainty, the questions inevitably arise. While Clark Hunt, owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, has said the right things about keeping head coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey around for the long haul, the reality is that both men are coming to the end of their official employment with the team—that is, unless they’re offered a contract extension fairly soon.
The lack of an official announcement or even rumors of extending their contracts has led to some speculation about what could be behind it. Earlier this offseason, rumors were circling about Dorsey potentially taking over for Ted Thompson in the Green Bay Packers front office once he retires. It would be a homecoming for Dorsey if he did leave Kansas City, but suffice it to say, it’s all conjecture at this point, and the official statements from both the team and Dorsey point to continuity more than anything.
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The lack of a contract has led to the same for Reid. A host on sports talk in Philly, Howard Eskin, has asked the question whether or not Reid might return to his roots with the Philadelphia Eagles once his contract is up. Again, it’s all guesswork at this point, but Eskin says:
"“I think there’s a chance if Howie Roseman doesn’t get it done in terms of the draft — and I think Joe Douglas is going to do a lot — I think there’s a chance that Andy Reid could be the next president, president under Don Smolenski, of football operations … Andy Reid has not signed an extension to his contract, he’s only got one year left and right now he chooses not to. Why does he choose not to sign an extension?”"
Sports talk personalities are paid to do just this: create controversy, stir up ideas, generate water cooler talk. However, it is interesting to consider this sort of idea since both men have a wide open future at this point. If there’s serious smoke around Dorsey’s exit, would Reid want to remain coaching with a new GM for a partner? There’s such incredible synergy and understanding between the coaching staff and front office at this point, but would Reid want to take a chance that a change would lead to the same level of professional harmony?
If one, Dorsey or Reid, signs a contract, such speculation will likely disappear. After all, the pair seem to be a package deal, so an extension for one will likely lead to an announcement for the other. But until then, anything is possible, and we’re all left to wonder why Clark Hunt is waiting to come to terms with the two men responsible for the team’s turnaround and continued success.