Why the San Diego Chargers Would Be Crazy to Hire Andy Reid

Zach KruseSenior Analyst IDecember 29, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 23:  Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on during a game against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field on December 23, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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Having already gone down the retread road with Norv Turner, the San Diego Chargers might be better off going after a younger, newer name at head coach instead of Andy Reid, who is reportedly interested in coaching in San Diego next season. 

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported Reid's interest in becoming the next Chargers coach Saturday. Reid, who is likely to be fired by the Philadelphia Eagles after 14 years, would potentially be one candidate to replace Turner (who is also likely to be fired at the end of the season). 

From Florio:

The Los Angeles native wants to coach the Chargers, according to a league source.  Per the source, Reid is making his intentions known as he lines up a potential coaching staff...

In November, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported a similar story. According to La Canfora, a fired Reid would have "considerable interest" in coaching the Chargers next season. 

Reid is a native of Southern California, has a gorgeous home on the beach in the San Diego area and is known to love the area. Plus, as some close to him note, the media and fan climate in San Diego is vastly different from the cauldron that he has worked in.

Interest in Reid as the head coach, however, may only go one way. Given how close Reid and Turner are in style and track record, the Chargers may not want to bang their head on the same wall again with Reid. 

Turner, winner of 59 games (one playoff) in stints with the Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins, won 58 games (three playoff) in seven years with San Diego. Reid, in 14 years with Philadelphia, has 140 wins (10 playoff).

However, both coaches have been—at various points in their careers—lauded as underachievers, and neither offensive mastermind has been able to deliver a Super Bowl title. 

While the resume for Reid obviously has more meat—almost three times the wins, five NFC title game appearances and a Super Bowl appearance—the potential hiring of Reid wouldn't do much to change the culture of football in San Diego. 

A younger, newer name might be the avenue San Diego is already approaching, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer. 

Reporting on NFL Network's Around the League Friday, Breer said that the interest between Reid and the Chargers may be a one-way street. 

Breer, via Kareem Copeland of NFL.com:

The Chargers could be looking at some younger names. They've gone down the retread route in the past—Marty Schottenheimer, Norv Turner. If they are going to ax Turner as expected on Monday, they might not be as interested in Reid as Reid is in them.

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated took the argument one step further, stating Thursday that the Chargers may look past Reid and toward a new name because of Reid's perceived price tag. 

Reid, with his Southern Californian roots, would seem a logical alternative in the coaching search, but his price tag might get in the way. League sources don't expect the Spanos family to pay the $6 to $7 million annual salary that Reid can command.

Banks also mentioned Patriots offensive coordinator and former Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels, Colts interim head coach Bruce Arians and Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael as potential targets for Chargers owners this offseason. 

Much can change and likely will before now and when the Chargers actually make their head-coaching fire-and-hire, but the fit for Reid only appears to work on his level.

San Diego might eventually entertain the thought of giving Turner's old job to Reid, but going in a different direction could be the most beneficial decision for the Chargers. Hiring Reid is going back to too many of the same faults that got San Diego into this mess in the first place.