It appears Andy Reid will be the first domino — in a line of NFL coaches looking for work — to fall, as myriad reports surfaced that he's reached an agreement to take over the Kansas City Chiefs’ vacancy early Friday.
Reports of Reid likely landing with the Chiefs started Thursday and picked up momentum with several major media outlets reporting Friday the sides had come to terms to bring the former Glendale Community College football player to Kansas City.
ESPN.com reported a contract had been drawn up and was being reviewed by attorneys from both sides. Expectations were it would be finalized later Friday. NFL.com also reported the move came one hour after the Chiefs and general manager Scott Pioli cut ties.
Reid was one of seven NFL coaches to be fired Monday. The Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers and Philadelphia Eagles, who let Reid go, are all currently looking for a new leader. Reid had previously been linked to the Cardinals and Chargers before negotiations with Kansas City heated up.
Despite mustering a disappointing 2-14 record this past season, the Chiefs were an attractive destination for Reid, who spent the past 14 years in Philadelphia. The franchise is home to five members of the 2013 Pro Bowl team — running back Jamal Charles, safety Eric Berry, punter Dustin Colquitt and linebackers Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson — and the first pick for the upcoming draft.
NFL.com also reported one of the biggest selling points for Reid was the amount of control the Chiefs are willing to give him. He's expected to bring a general manager or personnel director he's comfortable with to Kansas City, but ultimately have the final say on personnel decisions. The article mentioned Green Bay Packers director of football operations John Dorsey as Reid's possible candidate.
The Eagles fired Reid, who earned All-Western State Conference honors with the Vaqueros in 1976-77, after consecutive disappointing years with a highly-touted roster. It ended a partnership that yielded 130 regular-season wins, nine playoff appearances, six NFC East Division titles, five NFC Championship game appearances and a Super Bowl berth in 2004.
Philadelphia recently went 4-12, which tied for the third-worst record in the league, after a 2011 season that started with Super Bowl expectations ended with the Eagles out of the playoff picture with an 8-8 record.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times