NFL.com's Kevin Patra has reported that former Philadelphia Eagles boss Andy Reid could be close to becoming the new head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Apparently, Reid enjoyed a productive, nine-hour interview regarding the Chiefs vacancy. Reid is a sought-after prospect on the coaching market, despite ending his tenure in Philadelphia with two disastrous seasons.
Overloaded with high-priced, underperforming stars, Reid's Eagles won just 12 games in the last two years. This season they finished 4-12, Reid's worst ever finish as a head coach.
It marked a sad ending to an otherwise distinguished coaching reign. Reid guided the Eagles to 10 playoff wins, five NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl berth.
His ability to rebuild a losing team into a consistent contender, should appeal to the Chiefs. The franchise has suffered three losing seasons out of the last four.
Their efforts to build an offense around ex-New England Patriots' backup Matt Cassel fell flat. Despite boasting a running back as talented as Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs offense has ranked among the league's worst during the last two seasons.
In 2012, the Chiefs offense ranked 32nd in points and passing. They were 24th in total yards. Reid could help engineer a long overdue turnaround on this side of the ball.
His expertise is with the West Coast offense. Reid learned the nuances of the scheme under Super Bowl winner Mike Holmgren with the Green Bay Packers.
He took that version of the offense to Philadelphia. It helped make Donovan McNabb a productive quarterback and also developed youngsters like LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson.
Reid could relish working with skill players like Charles and tight end Tony Moeaki. He would have to find a recognised, no.1 wide receiver to help the pass offense flourish.
Dwayne Bowe is the closest the Chiefs have to a dynamic, primary target. However, he is a free agent, while 2011 first round pick Jonathan Baldwin has failed to shine.
Reid could also be tempted by the weak state of the AFC West division. The Peyton Manning and Von Miller-led Denver Broncos are the lone powerhouse, but the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers are both in rebuilding mode.
Reid is also a target of the Arizona Cardinals and is sure to generate interest from the other teams searching for a new head coach. However, if the Chiefs did secure Reid's services, they would be getting a proven team-builder with the offensive acumen they need the most.