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Andy Reid marches on to Kansas City

Former Glendale Community College player officially named new head coach of Kansas City Chiefs.

January 07, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Just one week after being fired as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Andy Reid lands the top job in Kansas City.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Just one week after being fired as head… (Courtesy of David…)

A week after being let go as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Andy Reid resurfaced Monday when he was officially named as the new coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Reid, who played football at Glendale Community College from 1976-77 and earned All-Western State Conference accolades, will inherit a team that finished 2-14 this past season and will have the top pick in the draft in April for the first time since the franchise was established in 1960.

With Reid yearning to get back into the coaching fraternity, the positives far outweighed the negatives in joining the Chiefs.

“The fan base here is phenomenal,” Reid said Monday while being introduced during a press conference as Kansas City’s 12th head coach. “There's nothing like the Sea of Red.

“My family and I are very excited to join the Chiefs organization and the Kansas City community. 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.

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“There was a certain energy that started with [Kansas City Chairman/CEO Clark Hunt] and radiated with the other people I had a chance to meet with, and it was just great. 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 was fired Dec. 31 after 14 seasons as head coach of the Eagles. Philadelphia finished 4-12 and missed the playoffs for the second season in a row despite having championship aspirations after the team acquired plenty of high-priced talent.

Reid, who signed a reported five-year deal with the Chiefs on Friday to replace Romeo Crennel, is the winningiest coach in Philadelphia history. The former NFL Coach of the Year led the Eagles to nine playoff appearances, six divisions titles and five NFC championship games. He also piloted Philadelphia to an appearance in the Super Bowl in 2004 against the New England Patriots.

Those credentials led to the Chiefs bringing Reid, who went 130-93-1 during the regular season (140-102-1 overall) at Philadelphia, on board.

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