Reid Explains Decision To Pass On Mornhinweg


The Kansas City Chiefs coaching staff is spending the week in Mobile, Alabama to scout the Senior Bowl. Andy Reid might be new to the head coaching gig with the Chiefs, but this trip is old hat to the veteran coach.

In between checking out practice and huddling with his coaches, Reid caught up with Les Bowen from the Philadelphia Daily News. The two talked about why former Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg didn’t follow Reid to Kansas City as was initially expected.

Turns out, it was Reid not wanting to disrespect Mornhinweg.

“Marty, I thought did a phenomenal job calling the plays . . . I wanted to get back into doing that,” Reid said. “I didn’t think that was really fair [to ask Mornhinweg to come with him, without playcalling responsibilities] . . . we talked. It was a mutual thing. I didn’t want to put him in a bad position.

“There was no falling-out or any of that; that’s not right.”

Reid instead chose Doug Pederson, his quarterbacks coach the last two seasons in Philadelphia. Mornhinweg had no trouble finding work, agreeing to be the offensive coordinator for the New York Jets.

“He’ll help them,” Reid told the paper. “That’s a great thing for [Jets quarterback Mark] Sanchez right there.”

There’s been pretty much unwavering support from Chiefs fans for Reid’s coaching hires, but I’m not so sure that would have been the case if Mornhinweg was tabbed to run the offense. Right or wrong, he is still paying for his disastrous coaching stint with the Detroit Lions.

At least the two will have plenty to talk about this season as they have equally big hills to climb when it comes to trying to figure out their quarterback situation.

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