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Andy Reid brings West Coast to Kansas City Chiefs

Former Vaquero looks to get off to a good start with his first new team in 14 years, as Chiefs look to rebound from 2-14 season.

August 31, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • Andy Reid, a former Glendale Community College football player, appears to have settled in nicely with the Kansas City Chiefs for the 2013 season.
Andy Reid, a former Glendale Community College football… (Courtesy of Luke…)

The following are previews on area athletes and coaches in the National Football League for the 2013 season.

REID DONS NEW CAP

Sometimes all it takes is a change of scenery.

After spending all of last season on the hot seat with the Philadelphia Eagles, Andy Reid has been reaping praise and has NFL prognosticators predicting a turnaround from the Kansas City Chiefs' most recent 2-14 season.

With his first new team in 14 years, the former Glendale Community College offensive tackle has made a number of moves — cutting and trading players or restructuring contracts — to bring in new talent to fit in with his system with the Chiefs, who had six Pro Bowlers last year.

After accounting for the worst record in the league in 2012, Reid's Chiefs bolstered their offensive line by selecting their starting right tackle Eric Fisher out of Central Michigan with the first overall pick on April 25.

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Kansas City's most talked about move came a month earlier when it flipped a second-round draft pick on March 13 to bring in backup San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith to run Reid's West Coast offense and then released last year's Chiefs signal caller, Matt Cassel, the next day.

“First of all, he's a tough guy,” Reid said of Smith in a media conference call Sunday. “He manages a game well. You're not calling a lot of timeouts, because he's not able to distribute the plays to the team. He just handles all of those things very well.”

Reid, who has career record of 140-102-1 with nine playoff appearances and a Super Bowl berth, has also brought in some targets for Smith.

First thing was to resign wide receiver Dwayne Bowe to a five-year, $56 million deal. Anthony Fasano was then added at tight end, along with wide receiver Donnie Avery.

Jamaal Charles is also back to lead Kansas City's backfield. The six-year veteran had a career year in 2012, coming off a season-ending knee injury. He ran for 1,509 yards and five touchdowns. He'll also likely see an increased role in the passing game in Reid's offense.

The Chiefs added to an impressive defensive secondary by signing cornerback Sean Smith to play alongside strong safety Eric Berry.

“We have a couple of weeks here. It's just a matter of keep playing together, that's the main thing,” Reid said Sunday. “You just keep growing as a team. … I'm in a day-to-day process. We're trying to get better as a coach and as players, so that's what we're all about.”

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