By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Kansas City Chiefs have hired former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid. He has received a five-year deal.
This is the first major hire in the coaching cycle. The Chiefs hired Reid a short time after the team fired GM Scott Pioli.
“You’ve got a man who was chief cook and bottle-washer for so many years,” Sports Agent Bob LaMonte said. “He’s used to that. At the end of the day, you want to keep that up.”
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Reid was fired by the Eagles at the end of their season. At the time, he was the longest-tenured coach with the team as he was the leader in Philadelphia for 14 seasons.
He is taking over a team that went 2-14 during the 2012 season. Romeo Crennel had served as the team’s head coach before his departure.
“The bottom line was that there was only one job that he wanted,” LaMonte said. “That’s why we didn’t fool around.”
The Chiefs ended their season on a four-game losing streak. They won their second game on December 2nd against the Carolina Panthers in a 27-21 win at Arrowhead Stadium.
The team also won their first game of the season in overtime with a 27-24 score against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The win against the Panthers came after tragedy struck the team.
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Hours before the game, linebacker Jovan Belcher committed murder, as he murdered his girlfriend before driving to Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide in front of Crennel and Pioli.
As the Eagles’ leader, Reid went 130-93-1. He will attempt to turn around the Chiefs going into the 2013 season.
“Congratulations to Clark Hunt and the Kansas City Chiefs for hiring a good man and a good coach,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a team-issued statement. “We wish Andy, Tammy, and their entire family all the best in their new home.”
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