KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Calling him one of the most respected voices in the NFL, Chiefs owner Clark Hunt formally introduced new head coach Andy Reid at a news conference Monday.
Reid spoke briefly before sitting down with Hunt to take questions from the media. You can watch the full news conference in the video player above.
"When Hunt called, he immediately had my attention," Reid said.
Reid said he was excited about the Kansas City fan base and the opportunity to coach at Arrowhead.
"There is nothing like that sea of red," he said.
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Reid acknowledged there was a great deal of work ahead of the organization, especially at positions like quarterback.
"I am going to dig in and look at that, and we are going to build that thing," Reid said. "We have got to find the next Len Dawson."
Hunt said he had more interviews scheduled with other potential head coaches, but he knew after speaking with Reid what direction they were moving.
"What I thought may be a three-hour meeting became a nine-hour meeting, and it could have gone longer than that," Reid said. "(I) got this feeling that this was right."
Hunt has already started the search for the team's next general manager, but did not give a timetable as to when he would make a decision.
Explaining that management had "restructured the organization," Hunt said that he would now have a more direct connection with his coach. Reid said he would sit in on interviews for general manager, but Hunt would have the final decision.
When asked about taking some time off since being fired from the Eagles last Monday, Reid said it wasn't needed.
"I'm ready to go. I'm ready to do this," he said.
Reid was 130-93-1 in 14 seasons in Philadelphia, the most wins in franchise history. He helped the Eagles win 10 playoff games -- the Chiefs haven't won one since the 1993 season -- and six division titles. But Reid came under heavy fire with the Eagles during a disappointing 2012 season that ended with a 4-12 record.
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