For a franchise in need of a serious jolt to get back to respectability, let alone playoff contention, the Kansas City Chiefs need to hire a head coach who has a history of taking a struggling franchise and turning it into a powerhouse.
Despite his faults as a talker and the perception that he is the worst coach in the history of the sport from people in Philadelphia, Andy Reid would be a significant step in the right direction for the Chiefs.
Based on various reports released over the last 24 hours, Reid appears to be moving closer to taking the Chiefs job.
According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Reid met with the Chiefs on Wednesday to discuss their head-coaching vacancy.
The former Eagles coach sat down with Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, team president Mark Donovan, and general manager Scott Pioli in Philadelphia for an extended discussion, a source said.
Andy Reid did not fly to Arizona last night as scheduled.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 3, 2013
Chris Mortensen was on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike In the Morning show (via ProFootballTalk.com) and said that the Chiefs would be willing to let Reid have complete control of his staff and personnel decisions.
Some would say, ‘Why Kansas City over Arizona?’ One thing is, in Kansas City, Clark Hunt, the owner of the Chiefs, he’ll let Andy Reid build this thing the way he wants to build it. And if you know Andy, he wants to be able to basically pick the entire organization, set up his personnel. . . .
Look back to when Reid took over as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999. The franchise had fallen apart, winning a total of nine games the previous two years and lacking any real direction.
They won at least 11 games every season from 2000-04, playing in four straight NFC Championship Games from 2001-04. They also made it to their first Super Bowl in 24 years when they lost to the New England Patriots in 2004.
It was Reid and his ability to draft and develop young players, as well as add key pieces through free agency, that allowed the Eagles to maintain that level of success for so many years.
The Chiefs need a coach that understands how to build a franchise through the draft. Reid does need to surround himself with people willing to challenge him, because there were some strange personnel decisions made in his last few seasons with the Eagles.
But is it really fair to blame Reid for every bad thing that happened to the Eagles? Is it his fault virtually everyone on the offensive line got hurt in 2012, leaving Michael Vick to run for his life every time he took a snap?
Reid is a great head coach and a strong evaluator of talent. A change of scenery will do him a lot of good. Kansas City is starving for a team that can win and compete for championships.
The city will embrace Reid, and he will reward the franchise by rebuilding it the same way he did the Eagles. All the Chiefs have to do is complete the process by hiring him.