Andy Reid has no shoes to fill in Kansas City. None. The last time the Chiefs were legitimately competitive, Dick Vermeil was the head man.
Reid has always done the most when he’s seemingly got the least to work with. It’s when he’s working with layers of talent and high expectations that things start to smell sour.
Kansas City is ripe for a winner. The small-market sports town, with a vast fan base and premium BBQ tailgate offerings, will warmly welcome the arrival of Reid. Has a deal officially been reached? No. Will it get done? According to insiders, it’s “imminent.”
There are also reports that Reid is nowhere close to a deal with the Chiefs, but I suspect Reid is ready to try on the AFC after coaching in the NFC throughout three decades.
And hey — this is a site for dudes, so let’s speculate like dudes.
Andy Reid will return the proud Kansas City Chiefs franchise to NFL prominence, and he’ll do so quickly by reporting to and making requests known to Chiefs owner, Clark Hunt. This means that GM Scott Pioli will probably be the odd man out — a fact that will lead many Chiefs fans to drop to their knees and praise their maker. The fact that Reid wants to continue working with GM Tom Heckert also means Pioli would probably be pulling the short straw if the Chiefs put an offer on the table.
First, the Chiefs need a quarterback. Other pieces of the Chiefs puzzle are floating around aimlessly — waiting for a true on-field leader. A deal for Matt Flynn from Seattle would seem like a good play. He’s an intelligent, fearless, athletic quarterback who could reunite with college teammates Dwayne Bowe, Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson, and maybe recreate some of the magic they enjoyed in Baton Rouge.
Regardless, Chiefs fans can rest assured that Reid’s first order of business would be to go after someone who will be ready to play when Week 1 of the 2013 season rolls around.
For football fans, this potential is quite exciting. It could signal the renewal of the Broncos v. Chiefs rivalry that was so delicious in the late 80s/early 90s.