Reports: Deal done to bring Andy Reid in to coach the Kansas City Chiefs
Reid seen with Clark Hunt in Kansas City
41 Action News Staff
9:44 AM, Jan 3, 2013
6:54 PM, Jan 4, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Multiple reports indicate the Kansas City Chiefs have reached an agreement with former Eagles coach Andy Reid to bring him to Kansas City. Attorneys are believed to be reviewing the contract now.
Those reporting the soon-to-be hire include ESPN,NFL.com and 810 Sports Radio in Kansas City.
Reid arrived in Kansas City just before 1:30 p.m. Friday. He was seen signing autographs for fans outside the Chiefs' administrative office before going inside with team officials, including owner Clark Hunt.
Contacted by phone, a Chiefs spokesman told 41 Action News they were not able to confirm the reports.
Reid was initially scheduled to head to Arizona on Wednesday night after meeting with the Chiefs, but pushed back those plans.
Mortensen and Schefter reported a nine-hour meeting on Wednesday between Reid and the Chiefs went well and only minor details are left to work out.
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 1993 -- and six division titles.
But he came under heavy fire during a disappointing 2012 season that ended at 4-12.
At the meeting with Reid Wednesday, according to Mortensen and Schefter, was Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, then-general manager Scott Pioli, executive Ryan Petkoff and president Mark Donovan, who spent his previous six years as the Eagles' senior vice president of business operations
After firing head coach Romeo Crennel on Monday, Hunt told the Associated Press in an interview that he would lead the search for the Chiefs' next coach. Hunt said he had "the appropriate resources available to help me in the process," but would not say who is assisting in the search.
Hunt refused to discuss potential candidates to replace Crennel, but did offer a lengthy list of qualities he's seeking in an ideal head coach.
"I'd say a proven leader," Hunt said. "Somebody who has demonstrated the ability to build a successful program, or been part of building a successful program. Somebody of high integrity, somebody who is a successful teacher and communicator. Somebody who has a high football IQ, but at the same time likes to roll up their sleeves and work hard."
Reid is considered a bright offensive mind with success developing quarterbacks, an area of particular need in Kansas City. His best years coincided with Donovan McNabb's best years, and the 54-year-old coach also worked with Brett Favre early in his career in Green Bay.