KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The first call that Andy Reid received came from Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt.
Reid had just been dismissed after coaching the Eagles for 14 seasons, and was back at his office after addressing his team one last time. The phone rang and Hunt was on the other end, asking whether Reid would be interested in a face-to-face meeting two days later.
"There are certain families that stand out, and the Hunt family is just tops," Reid said of the family that founded the franchise 53 years ago. "They're phenomenal."
The meeting was set for Wednesday in Philadelphia, and Reid's agent Bob LaMonte figured it would take about three hours. But when Reid got in front of Hunt, the two hit it off so well that time kept slipping away - four hours, then six, then eight hours of conversations.
After nine hours, it became clear that Reid would be the Chiefs' next coach.
He was introduced on Monday at a packed news conference at Arrowhead Stadium, taking over a once-proud franchise that went 2-14 last season and hasn't won a playoff game since 1993.
"There was a certain energy that started with Clark and radiated through the other people I met with, and it was just great," Reid said. "You got the feeling that this was right. It was the right thing to do. It made the decision easy. I crossed my fingers that I'd be offered the job."
Reid agreed to a five-year deal, a person with knowledge of the contract told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the terms were not disclosed.
He takes over for Romeo Crennel, who was fired Monday after his first full season.
"Sometimes change is good," said Reid, who coached the Eagles to a 4-12 record this season, dragging down his career record of 130-93-1. "It could be tremendous for the Philadelphia Eagles, and at the same time, I think it's going to be tremendous for the Kansas City Chiefs."
Reid said he's met with the current Chiefs assistant coaches, but would not say whether any of them will be retained. Reid did say he plans to bring along some of his staff from Philadelphia, and quarterbacks coach Doug Pederson is one of the hot names.
Reid also said he'll sit in on interviews for the Chiefs' general manager, but he'll leave the final decision up to Hunt. The Chiefs parted ways with Scott Pioli on Friday after four tumultuous seasons, just hours before Reid agreed to his deal.
Among the candidates for the job are former Browns general manager Tom Heckert and longtime Packers personnel man John Dorsey, both of whom have a history with Reid.
Reid said he's already started to dig into the current Chiefs roster - he had already watched video of all 16 games last season by the time he was interviewed. And he said he's buoyed by the fact that the Chiefs have five players who were voted to the Pro Bowl, and they'll have the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft for the first time in franchise history.
That should allow Reid and the Chiefs' retooled front office to start filling holes, the biggest of which is at quarterback, where Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn struggled all season.
"I'm going to dig in and look at that and we'll build that thing," Reid said. "We'll see how that works out, but I need to spend some time at that."
Reid certainly has experience in rebuilding a franchise.
The Eagles were 3-13 before he arrived in 1999. He drafted Donovan McNabb with the No. 2 pick in that year's draft, won five games the following year and then went 11-5 and finished second in the NFC East - the first of five straight seasons in which he won at least 11 games.
"When I look at the Chiefs, I look at the bigger picture. What are they truly about? What are they made of?" Reid said. "Every organization goes through a lull, personnel changes, players grow old, they change. Maybe a draft pick here or there didn't work, a free agent didn't work. That happens. What's the grit of the organization?
"I've been in this thing long enough to appreciate that," Reid said. "I came from a great organization. I wanted to make sure I had that opportunity to be again in a great organization."
That's part of the reason that Reid did his homework on the Chiefs.
In the time between Hunt's initial phone call and that first meeting in Philadelphia, Reid reached out to former Eagles and Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil. Reid wanted to know about the Hunt family, about the organization and whether it might be the right fit.
"I just told him to go. That was the first thing," Vermeil told The Associated Press. "He asked, `Well, can I win there?' And I said, `Andy, you can win anywhere."'
He ultimately chose to win in Kansas City.
After that lengthy meeting in Philadelphia, Hunt said he still wasn't sure whether Reid was truly on the hook. But the following day, Reid canceled an interview with Arizona and decided not to pursue interest from San Diego, and instead scheduled a trip to visit Kansas City.
When he arrived on Friday, he was tailed to Arrowhead Stadium by helicopters from local television stations. Every step he took was watched by fans that had been pining all season for change. A few of them even showed up with footballs, hoping to land his autograph.
He signed his name, adding "Go Chiefs."
Reid said he didn't consider taking some time off, despite a trying season on and off the field. His oldest son, Garrett, died during training camp after a long battle with drug addiction.
"I'm ready to go. This is what I do," he said. "Never took that into consideration."
It was something Hunt considered during that initial meeting. But it didn't take long for the soft-spoken coach with the bushy mustache - "Big Red" to those who know him well - to set the Chiefs chairman at ease, and convince Hunt he was the right man for the job.
"It was a very hard year on all of us, my family, the fans, everyone," Hunt said. "When you're not successful in the National Football League, change is coming. And I'm glad 2012 is in the rear-view mirror. We're onto 2013, and in Andy, we already have our first victory."
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CHIEFS NAME ANDY REID HEAD COACH
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt and the Kansas City Chiefs formally introduced Andy Reid as the 13th head coach in club history on Monday.
“We are thrilled to welcome Andy to the Chiefs family,” Hunt said. “Throughout his career, Andy has established himself as one of the finest coaches in the National Football League. His integrity, knowledge of the game, work ethic and outstanding abilities as a teacher and communicator make him the ideal head coach to lead the Chiefs for many years to come.”
Reid, who enters his 22nd NFL season in 2013, joins the Chiefs after a 14-year stint as the head coach and executive vice president of football operations for the Philadelphia Eagles.
“My family and I are very excited to join the Chiefs organization and the Kansas City community,” Reid said. “I want to thank the Hunt family for allowing me the opportunity to lead this storied franchise. The Chiefs have always had a passionate fan base and I’m looking forward to Sundays at Arrowhead Stadium. We’ve got a lot of work to do to get ready for next season, and we are going to get started immediately.”
Reid joined Philadelphia as head coach in 1999 and remained in that role through the 2012 season, becoming one of just 11 first-time NFL head coaches to lead 12-or-more seasons with the same club. Reid assumed the additional role of executive vice president of football operations in 2001.
Reid boasts a career record of 130-93-1 (.583) in the regular season. He also owns a 10-9 postseason record. His 140 wins in regular season and postseason play rank 22nd in NFL history. Among active head coaches through Week 17 of the 2012 season, Reid ranks fifth in regular season and playoff wins, trailing only Bill Belichick (204), Mike Shanahan (175), Tom Coughlin (163) and Jeff Fisher (154). While compiling his 10-9 postseason record, Reid led the Eagles franchise to one Super Bowl appearance, a game that saw Philadelphia fall by a mere field goal to the New England Patriots following the 2004 season. He has earned NFL Coach of the Year accolades on three occasions.
Reid guided Philadelphia to nine playoff appearances (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010) during his 14-year tenure in the City of Brotherly Love. During that time period, only Indianapolis (12) and New England (10) had more postseason appearances than the Eagles. Reid’s playoff accomplishments as a head coach include six NFC East division titles (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2010), five NFC Championship Games (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008) and one Super Bowl berth (XXXIX). When you include his time as an NFL assistant coach, his teams have made the playoffs 15 times (19-14 record), and he has coached in three Super Bowls and eight NFC Championship Games.
Among coaches with 200 games under their belt, Reid’s winning percentage ranks 13th all-time and second among active coaches behind Belichick. Reid is also one of six active coaches in the NFL to have reached the century mark in wins, joining Belichick, Shanahan, Coughlin, Fisher and John Fox.
Most recently, the Eagles captured their sixth NFC East division title under Reid in 2010 as they set franchise records in points scored (439, 3rd in NFL), total net yards (6,230, 2nd in NFL) and yards per rushing attempt (5.4, 1st in NFL). Along the way, Reid played a vital role in the rebirth of QB Michael Vick, who earned Comeback player of the Year honors as well as a Pro Bowl berth. Reid, himself, earned Coach of the Year honors from the Maxwell Football Club.
In 2008, Reid became the 37th coach to reach the 100-win plateau, and the 22nd to win 100 games with one franchise. He overcame a 5-5-1 start to reach the NFC Championship game.
In 2006, the Eagles lost six of their first 11 games and two of their most explosive players in QB Donovan McNabb and DE Jevon Kearse, but Reid led a season-ending, five-game win streak to capture the NFC East division title.
The 2004 Eagles clinched the NFC East title with five games remaining in the regular season and the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs after a 13-1 start. Along the way, Reid passed Greasy Neale for the most wins in franchise history as the Eagles earned their first trip to the Super Bowl since 1980.
In 2003, Philadelphia overcame an 0-2 start and a slew of injuries to post its second consecutive 12-win season. A year earlier, Reid was the overwhelming choice as the NFL’s Coach of the Year as the Eagles thrived without the services of McNabb to still capture home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs.
After a 5-11 mark in his first season, Reid led the 2000 Eagles to the greatest turnaround in franchise history, finishing second in the NFC East at 11-5 and earning a trip to the NFC Divisional Playoffs. For his efforts, Reid was named the NFL’s Coach of the Year by the Maxwell Football Club, The Sporting News, and Football Digest.
Coming off being one of the longest-tenured and most successful coaches in all of professional sports, Reid utilizes a passionate, yet workmanlike approach as an NFL head coach. A former offensive lineman at Brigham Young University, Reid still lives and works with the humble principles he learned during his time in the trenches. His vision, dedication and organizational skills have been cited as paramount attributes to his sustained success in the National Football League.
Throughout his time in the NFL, Reid has continuously evaluated what is best for the game of football, serving on the NFL Competition Committee’s Coaches Subcommittee. The subcommittee is instrumental in providing feedback to the NFL Competition Committee for potential rule changes and ways to improve the game.
“I am a huge fan of Coach Reid,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “He is a person I have tremendous respect for as a coach and family man. Andy has been very helpful to me as Commissioner. He has tremendous insight into our game, and we are fortunate to have him in the NFL.”
Reid was originally introduced as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles on Jan. 11, 1999, after spending seven seasons as an assistant coach with the Green Bay Packers under Head Coach Mike Holmgren. During his seven years with the Packers, Reid served as the tight ends coach and assistant offensive line coach (1992-96) and as quarterbacks coach (1997-98). In his span with the Packers, the team reached the playoffs six times and represented the NFC twice in back-to-back Super Bowls, defeating New England in Super Bowl XXXI and falling to Denver in Super Bowl XXXII.
During his two-year stint as quarterbacks coach, Reid worked with Packers quarterback Brett Favre. While tutoring Favre, Reid and the Packers won their second straight NFC title and Favre garnered league MVP honors for the third consecutive season. In his first NFL coaching role, Reid oversaw the tight ends while assisting Offensive Line Coach Tom Lovat. Under Reid’s watchful eye, tight ends Mark Chmura and Keith Jackson earned trips to the Pro Bowl as part of the NFC roster.
Prior to joining the NFL ranks, Reid’s final collegiate stop was also in the Show-Me State as he coached the offensive line at the University of Missouri (1989-91). Prior to his stint with the Tigers, Reid spent two years working with the offensive line at the University of Texas – El Paso, and before that, he held the same position with Northern Arizona. In 1983, Reid took the position of offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at San Francisco State, helping the Gators lead the nation in passing and total offense for three consecutive years (1983-85).
A tackle and guard at Brigham Young University from 1979-81, Reid entered the coaching ranks as a graduate assistant at BYU under Head Coach LaVell Edwards in 1982. It was in that time at BYU that Reid began his association with Holmgren, who served as the quarterbacks coach for the Cougars. While at BYU, Reid earned both a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s degree in professional leadership in physical education and athletics. While playing for the Cougars, Reid was also a columnist for the Provo Daily Herald.
A native of Los Angeles, Reid prepped at John Marshall High School in Los Angeles and went on to go to Glendale (Calif.) Junior College before attending BYU. In 2012, Reid was inducted into the Marshall High School Athletic Hall of Fame and was named to the Glendale Junior College Hall of Fame in 2003.
Born Andrew Walter Reid on March 19, 1958 in Los Angeles, he and his wife, Tammy, have five children, sons Spencer, Britt and the late Garrett, and daughters Drew Ann and Crosby.