Andy Reid has been introduced as the new coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, one week after he was fired following 14 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Reid was joined by Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt and several other team officials at a packed news conference at Arrowhead Stadium Monday afternoon. Reid takes over for Romeo Crennel, who joined Reid and five other NFL coaches in losing their jobs last Monday.
Reid took the Eagles to the Super Bowl and won 130 games over his career. But things had soured the past couple seasons and he was dismissed after going 4-12 this past season.
He takes over a team that went 2-14, matching the worst finish in Chiefs history. That means the Chiefs pick first in the NFL draft for the first time.
Reid's longtime boss, Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffery Lurie, said of the hiring, “Congratulations to Clark Hunt and the Kansas City Chiefs for hiring a good man and a good coach. We wish Andy, Tammy and their entire family all the best in their new home."
Former Eagles QB Donovan McNabb Tweeted, "Congrats Big Red on taking your talents to KC. Big Red fans get ready to cheer on your new boss and new team from 2013 and on. Good Luck."
Reid and his wife Tammy arrived on the Chiefs jet at Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City Friday morning. Reid was seen wearing a red tie. Team owner Clark Hunt then drove Reid to Arrowhead Stadium. As the pair approached the stadium, Reid rolled down the window to sign autographs for fans.
Hours earlier, the Chiefs and General Manager Scott Pioli agreed to part ways. "The bottom line is that I did not accomplish all of what I set out to do. To the Hunt family, to the great fans of the Kansas City Chiefs, to the players, all employees and alumni," Pioli said in a statement, "I truly apologize for not getting the job done."
It's expected that Reid would pursue longtime Packers personnel man John Dorsey, one of his close confidants, to work with him as general manager.
Reid met for nine hours Wednesday with Hunt, Pioli, executive Ryan Petkoff, president Mark Donovan, and Ted Crews, the Chiefs' vice president of communications in Philadelphia. He later canceled plans to interview with Arizona and San Diego.
Reid spent 14 years with the Eagles. The team made the playoffs nine times, won 130 games, 10 playoff games, six division titles and made it to the Super Bowl.
During that same time, the Chiefs had 98 wins, three postseason appearances and no postseason wins under five different head coaches. Reid is Kansas City's third coach in three season.