PHILADELPHIA – Former Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid – the winningest leader in the franchise's long history (130-93-1) – was expected to ink with the Arizona Cardinals early this week.
Reid, perhaps the most successful coach on the free agent market, agreed to meet with Kansas City Chiefs' brass first, and they may have snagged him.
Wednesday's reported nine-hour interview was conducted by Chiefs' owner Clark Hunt, general manager Scott Pioli, team executive Ryan Petkoff, and team president Mark Donovan, and was said to have “went very well,” according to a tweet by Howard Eskin, a host for CBS Radio's 94 WIP in Philadelphia.
ESPN's NFL insider Adam Schefter said early Thursday that Hunt is willing to give Reid majority control of the Chiefs organization, as well as the integrity to choose his own supporting cast in coaches and assistants.
Schefter tweeted that one source said “the major issues have been discussed and agreed upon.”
The potential signing of Reid does not bode well for Pioli, as Reid would likely choose the Chiefs next general manager, possibly former Cleveland Browns' general manager Tom Heckert or current Green Bay Packers' director of football operations John Dorsey.
Reid's potential coaching candidates include Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress and head coach Pat Shurmur. The former Eagles coach is also tied to other well-known coaches – John Harbaugh, Steve Spagnuolo, Leslie Frazier, Ron Rivera, Juan Castillo, Marty Mornhinweg and Mike Holmgren.
In addition to giving Reid personnel control, another appealing aspect of the meeting is the presence of Donovan, who was Reid's former colleague within the Eagles organization.
The temptation of a No. 1 overall pick in April's draft could also entice the offensive-minded Reid as he could choose his own product to develop, among the Chiefs five Pro Bowlers and experienced supporting players.
For what it's worth, Reid also has the knowledge to turn a football team around. Before Reid was initially hired as head coach in 1999, the Eagles finished 3-13. In two seasons, Reid turned vastly improved the organization, amassing 10 postseason wins (Kansas City only has eight postseason wins since the Chiefs' inception) and leading his squad to the NFC Championship in four consecutive seasons, all while piling seven NFC East division titles in his 14 year tenure.
The Eagles finished 4-12 under Reid's direction in 2012, largely in part to a well-aged defense and quarterback issues.