NFL Rumors: Andy Reid Would Be Ideal Fit for Kansas City Chiefs

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIJanuary 3, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 30:  Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles walks off the field after the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on December 30, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The New York Giants defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 42-7.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Kansas City Chiefs and Andy Reid are reportedly close to a deal that would make the longtime Philadelphia Eagles head coach their man at the helm in 2013.

And it would be an ideal fit.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, Reid is very close to taking the job. It could happen by the end of Thursday, as Reid has definitely taken plenty of time to meet with marquee members of the Chiefs' organization:

As the two sides continue to negotiate details of organizational structure, salary and coaching budgets, league sources said the nine hours of meetings Wednesday were necessary for Reid to meet with various key members of the organization including general manager Scott Pioli and Ted Crews, the vice president of communications for the AFC West franchise.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora confirmed the notion that a deal could be done Thursday evening:

Reid will not be traveling to San Diego or Arizona. Issues of staff and structure were hashed out today.

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 3, 2013

sorry, my bad here- deal between Chiefs and Andy Reid is NOW imminent. As in will be finalized likely by end of day

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 3, 2013

There is plenty of talent on this Kansas City roster, but the area it lacks most in is at quarterback. Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn make up the top of the depth chart, which isn't exactly promising.

That position will likely be addressed either through the draft or free agency, but whomever is under center this coming season for the Chiefs is in good hands with Reid.

In terms of quarterbacks, the 2012 class will be hard to top. Nevertheless, Reid was able to groom third-round pick Nick Foles into a starter that showed promise toward the end of the season. Kansas City does have the No. 1 pick in the draft and the consensus best quarterback is West Virginia's Geno Smith.

Not to mention, Michael Vick suddenly morphed into a stellar pocket passer after his stint in prison and Reid's system is a credit to turning his entire career and life around. While it ultimately collapsed in the last couple of years, it's still a testament to what Reid brings from a schematics standpoint.

With the way the NFL is headed and its read-option concepts, having an athletic quarterback that can operate from the pocket but also run is a luxury. But whether the team drafts Smith or not is pure speculation.

What can be virtually guaranteed is that Reid brings with him credibility and stability despite recent failings in Philly.

The Chiefs have a passionate fanbase desperate for a winner, and there are few candidates out there with a winning track record as impressive as Reid's.

Between Todd Haley and Romeo Crennel over the past two years, to say there has been turbulence at the helm is an understatement to say the least.

Taking into account the 14 years of mostly raging success Reid had with the Eagles, it's hard to fathom a better fit in that regard.

Retaining the services of prospective free agent WR Dwayne Bowe will be key and Reid could be just the man to help make that happen.

With Bowe, fellow pass-catching playmakers Jonathan Baldwin, Dexter McCluster, Steve Breaston, TE Tony Moeaki and All-Pro RB Jamaal Charles, KC has one of the most explosive arsenals of weapons in the league.

The problem is the team needs a trigger man to get these dangerous players the ball and take pressure off of Charles in the backfield.

Whether the Chiefs stick to their guns in 2013 or go in a different direction at QB remains to be seen, but what is certain is that Reid would give the franchise a much-needed calming force at the top. The respect on display between Reid and Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie in his parting press conference shows how classy Reid is.

Perhaps Reid hasn't won the "big game"—as in the Super Bowl—after five cracks at the NFC Championship Game, but he will demand respect from Day 1 and put the Chiefs in a much better position to win than they were in this year.