“Andy Reid called the Chiefs [while they were interviewing candidates] in Atlanta and said, ‘Don’t go by what you’re hearing [about me going to Arizona]. I’m still interested if you’re interested in me, come on up here.’ They turned their plane around and headed straight to Philadelphia.”
Frank Boal, KSHB 41
GH: I find it fascinating how quickly a member of the billion-dollar business that is the NFL makes their decisions on hiring one of the most important people in their organization – the head coach. But waiting leaves you with Todd Haley. Why do head coaches get recycled so often in the NFL? They are safe hires.
“Statements made by both Hunt and Reid Monday indicated that Pioli’s departure was coming well before Reid accepted the job last Friday afternoon. ‘Scott and I are friends, but that was taken care of before me and worked out between Scott and Clark,’ Reid said when asked if he told Hunt that he didn’t want to work with Pioli.”
GH: If Pioli had been let go “before me,” as Reid states, did it happen on the plane ride from Atlanta to Philly? There is a great book waiting to be written about the Chiefs’ 2012 season. A bestseller. Kent Babb would be one guy who could write it. In fact, with his new Washington, DC address, he might be the perfect guy. If Whitlock could get motivated, he could write himself a legacy with his spin on this story. I wonder if anyone will.
“I promise this isn’t about patting me on the back… I had to play this clip for you today.”
Kevin Kietzman, after playing back excerpts from his interview in May with Pioli where KK and Pioli differed on the importance of finding the Chiefs a quarterback, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman is still trying to BBQ the now fired hide of Pioli – the man who dared to not take Kevin Kietzman seriously – on his own show! Maybe KK can get Pioli on his show now to tell us about that trip from Atlanta to Philly.
“Would he have wanted me to stop coaching? Matter of fact, he would have slapped me upside the head if I’d of stopped coaching.”
Andy Reid, when asked by Brad Fanning if he considered taking time off after his son died of an overdose at the Eagles’ training camp in August, KCTV 5
GH: Fanning jumped in and in a face-to-face interview with the imposing Reid, asked the one question that many wanted to hear answered. Reid handled it expertly and moved on to another topic. Fanning didn’t push the father on the issue of his dead son – a touchy subject in any setting. I would have preferred he did, but I can’t say I would have been able to push Reid on that personal of a subject.
“As he said, he is a football coach and he is ready to go. He is energized by the opportunity to come to Kansas City and be part of the Chiefs organization.”
Clark Hunt, when asked by Soren Petro if Reid might need to take a break after 14 years in Philadelphia, 810 AM
GH: Or so we all hope. Reid is coming to Kansas City after being fired in Philadelphia. That’s how a Super-Bowl head coach becomes available to a franchise with the number-one draft pick. He fails miserably in his last job. Will the aroma of Arrowhead turn the embers in Reid’s football-loving heart?
“That’s the general manager’s deal. That’s the general manager’s deal.”
Andy Reid, when asked by Jack Harry about his thoughts on the draft, KSHB 41
GH: Interesting that Reid is not only willing to share the draft with the Chiefs’ next GM but expects to.
“No, absolutely not. In fact quite the contrary. I feel like you should draft a quarterback every year.”
Clark Hunt, when asked by Fanning if the Chiefs ownership has ever issued a mandate to not draft quarterbacks, KCTV 5
“I want one who wins football games, or contributes to winning football games.”
Andy Reid, when asked what he’s looking for in a quarterback, KCTV 5
“You talk to the kid. You find out. Then you make sure you take care of what’s at home first to see what you have there. Then if you have an opportunity in the draft, an opportunity in free agency or trade, you look at those things. But you want to make sure you look at what you’ve got right there.”
Andy Reid, discussing how he’ll go about addressing the Chiefs’ quarterback problem, KCTV 5
GH: The phrasing of Reid’s answer made me think of his son. Macabre? Yes, but also chilling.
“I’d love to know how many season tickets [the Chiefs] have sold since the hiring and now. I’ll bet it’s incredible.”
Frank Boal, on the impact Reid’s hiring has had on Chiefs’ season ticket sales, KSHB 41
GH: I am not so positive that Reid has Chiefs’ fans emptying their pockets in January for football next fall. The experience that is the NFL on Sundays is quickly moving from stadiums to living rooms. Winning will change that somewhat but I believe that tide has turned.
“I think Kansas City will be back in the mix very soon with Andy Reid as the head coach. It’s worth celebrating.”
Jeff Chadiha, 810 AM
GH: Most in the media agree. Read on.
“I think you’ll see a well-organized team that at some point will be back in the playoffs.”
Charley Casserly, of the NFL Network, 610 AM
“If you saw Andy Reid in the press conference, that had to reenergize you. This is a guy you’ve seen on the sideline at a Super Bowl.”
Josh Vernier, 610 AM
“I like that mustache!”
Michael Coleman, weighing in on Andy Reid, KCTV 5
GH: Coleman’s duty for KCTV 5 was limited to the big board and presenting cuts of Fanning’s interviews at Arrowhead. An excellent decision.
“A year ago today, Adrian Peterson couldn’t walk, Peyton Manning couldn’t throw, and the Colts lost to the Jaguars to lock up the #1 pick.”
Andrew Siciliano, Twitter
GH: A lot changes in a year. Maybe the Chiefs will pull a Colts in 2013. There is always hope. In Kansas City, we have had little else of late.
“Te’o is Irish for Bosworth.”
Rick Picciocca, @rickpicciocca, Twitter
GH: Little more needs to be said about Alabama’s thorough slaying of the Irish. The SEC remains the king of college football. Notre Dame proved to be a false idol. As a friend of mine put it, South Bend Over.
GregHall24@yahoo.com and Twitter / greghall24