Andy Reid Is Looking for Next Len Dawson and Other AFC West News

Christopher HansenNFL AnalystJanuary 7, 2013

If Andy Reid can find the next Len Dawson (right), he could be the next Hank Stram (left) in Kansas City.
If Andy Reid can find the next Len Dawson (right), he could be the next Hank Stram (left) in Kansas City.David Maxwell/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs officially announced Andy Reid to assembled media as their next head coach on Monday. Reid and owner Clark Hunt answered questions and made statements about the future of the organization.

There are questions that were left unanswered, such as when the general manager would be hired and who would be on the coaching staff. There were other questions that were left incomplete, but Reid does know he needs a quarterback.

Reid said during the press conference that he was looking for the next Len Dawson, but wouldn’t be locked into drafting a quarterback No. 1 overall. Reid said he would dig into the roster and it would take some time, but it’s already clear that finding a quarterback is a top priority when he said he was looking for the next Len Dawson.

How long it takes Reid to find the next Dawson is the question that has to be answered. What kind of quarterback will the Chiefs get to bridge the gap if there isn’t a Dawson-type available? Still, it’s refreshing for the leader of the team to acknowledge the roster’s biggest need instead of ignore it.

Reid also said the general manager would have final say, which runs counter to what has been widely reported. With both Reid and the general manager reporting to Hunt, the two men will likely have to come to a consensus instead of one man having final say. Scott Pioli had total control and that may have been something Hunt wanted to avoid.


Other AFC West News…


Kansas City

Scott Pioli has time to reflect on where it went wrong according to Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star.

Read the team’s official press release announcing Reid’s hiring.

The team’s official website has posted two videos of Reid coaching in 1999 and 2010.



Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post says Denver’s defense is among the NFL’s best, but big issues linger in the playoffs.

John Fox downplays the bye week according to Tom Kensler of the Denver Post.



Michael Huff was named the Raiders Walter Payton Man of the Year.

Tyler Hunt ranked the quarterbacks in the 2013 NFL Draft for Thoughts from the Dark Side.


San Diego

Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego says the Chargers have narrowed their search for a general manager to two candidates: Jimmy Raye and Tom Telesco.

The Chargers need a face of the franchise like Jon Gruden according to Nick Canepa of U-T San Diego.