A lot of those doubts still exist when it comes to the end of Reid’s tenure in Philadelphia and what he has left in the tank. But most of all I wondered why owner Clark Hunt would marry himself to the first (technically third, but the first two interviews were courtesy meetings, at best) guy he interviewed.
Wait to talk with Chip Kelly! Give Bill Cowher’s agent a call! Jon Gruden sure had a lot of nice things to say about Jamaal Charles!
Now a week after Reid officially agreed to be the Chiefs head coach, a move that was generally received positively across the league looks even better.
Kelly was lured back to the Oregon Ducks by Phil Knight, Cowher reportedly wants to coach at some point in the future (but not now) and Gruden doesn’t seem any closer to leaving the Monday Night Football booth.
The coaches that have found jobs aren’t exactly the type that make you envious. Doug Marrone, with his record of 25-25 at Syracuse, is headed to the Buffalo Bills and Rob Chudzinski, Crennel’s offensive coordinator in Cleveland, is now back in town as the man running the show.
You don’t like those options? Well, recently fired Lovie Smith and Ken Whisenhunt are both still available. Maybe you want former Chiefs head coach Todd Haley, who is currently the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator, but is back out on the prowl.
So for people like me that longed for that ‘sexy’ hire, it appears Hunt moved on the only big name that was actually available. Not only did the owner make a play, but he made sure that nothing got in his way of getting the job done.
I’m still not convinced Reid is going to be able to turn things around in Kansas City, but when you see what the other options really were it’s becoming clear he was the best option in an imperfect field of candidates.