I got this one wrong. When the Kansas City Chiefs fired former head coach Romeo Crennel, I didn’t feel like they would pursue a big-name head coach to replace him. But I couldn’t be more wrong, as per multiple media outlets later today the Chiefs are going announce that their new head coach is the recently fired head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Andy Reid.
When the Eagles fired Reid last week, it was assumed that Reid would make the rounds and take his pick of all the vacant head coaching jobs. But all it took was some wooing by Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, and I assume a promise of supreme control to get him to decide that the rest of the stops aren’t necessary and Kansas City is the place to be.
This is a great hire for the Chiefs, assuming they get a quarterback. Crennel was a bad head coach, yes, but I’m not sure you could have brought Vince Lombardi back from the dead and won with Matt Cassel, Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzi as your trio of quarterbacks. The offensive philosophy Reid will bring will be pass heavy, meaning guys like running backs Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis will have reduced roles in the run game, but the offensive line is solid and he should be able to put some pieces in place at wide receiver that can work. It will be very interesting to see if with the changes wide receiver Dwayne Bowe will stick around, or if that ship has sailed. But the bottom line is, a new quarterback is the real key to this teams success in 2013. Mike Vick, perhaps?
Another angle to this is what is going to happen to general manager Scott Pioli. Hunt has essentially neutered him from all football related duties for the time being and is leaving cutting him loose on the table. Will bringing Reid in be the last nail for Pioli? I would assume yes, but we’ll have to wait and see. Either way, moving forward I think this move makes the Chiefs a better team, but only if they can upgrade the quarterback position. If not, this will just be another frustrating season for Chiefs fans.