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Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:53 AM



Source: Chiefs closing in on hiring Andy Reid

January 3, 2013, 3:14 pm  

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Andy Reid has put plans to interview with the Chargers and Cards on hold, and the Chiefs could be closing in on hiring the long-time Eagles head coach for their head coaching vacancy, a league source said Thursday afternoon.

The source said that as of about 3:15 p.m. EST, Reid and the Chiefs had not agreed to a deal, but were in detailed contract talks, and the Chiefs were the only team Reid and his representatives were speaking with. Earlier in the day, according to two sources, Reid was still in talks with the Cards and Chargers as well as the Chiefs.

Reid met in Philadelphia Wednesday with Chiefs brass for nearly nine hours (see story). Reid was scheduled to meet with the Cardinals Wednesday and Thursday, but that meeting hasn't happened and may not happen. The Chargers entered the equation Thursday, and Reid spoke by phone with team representatives but no visit was scheduled with San Diego either.

The Chiefs would be allowed to hire Reid immediately, since they've fulfilled their obligations under the league's Rooney Rule by interviewing a minority candidate, Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong, a Bucks County native who's also interviewed with the Eagles.

There have been no confirmed reports of the Chiefs interviewing anybody other than Reid and Armstrong.

The Chiefs, who haven't won a playoff game since 1993, with Joe Montana at quarterback, fired head coach Romeo Crennel Monday after just one full season and three games as interim coach in 2011.

Kansas City's next coach will be the Chiefs' fifth since 2005. Another former Eagles head coach, D Vermeil, coached the Chiefs from 2001 through 2005, going 44-36 with no playoff wins.

Reid has been linked to three of the six NFL head coaching openings, other than Philadelphia. He hasn’t been associated with openings in Chicago, Buffalo or Cleveland. The Browns are now operated by former Eagles President Joe Banner, who Reid has had a falling out with.

The Chargers fired Norv Turner Monday after six seasons. They haven’t reached the playoffs since 2009 and haven’t won a playoff game since 2008, also the last year the Eagles won a playoff game. The Chargers were 56-40 under Turner.

The Cards fired head coach Ken Whisenhunt after six seasons, and the Chiefs fired Romeo Crennel after just one full season and the final three games of 2011.

Reid, who won 10 playoff games with the Eagles from 2000 through 2008, had more career playoff wins in Philly than the Chiefs have in their 53-year history and the Cards have in their 93-year history and as many as the Chargers have in their 53-year history.

E-mail Reuben Frank at rfrank@comcastsportsnet.com

Geoff Mosher contributed to this report.

Edited by herbicide, 03 January 2013 - 03:36 PM.