Former Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid apparently is not going to be unemployed for very long.
Just three days after getting fired by Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, Reid was close to finalizing a deal to become head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday.
ESPN.com, CBS Sportsline and the Kansas City Star all reported that Reid cancelled scheduled meetings with the Arizona Cardinals and San Diego Chargers after a nine-hour interview with Chiefs officials in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt, general manager Scott Pioli and president Mark Donovan met with Reid. Donovan worked for the Eagles from 2003 to 2008 as vice president of business operation.
Reid would replace Romeo Crennel, who was fired Monday, as were Reid and five other NFL coaches.
The Chiefs went 2-14 this season but have talented players such as running back Jamaal Charles and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. Charles was one of five Chiefs selected to the Pro Bowl this season, along with safety Eric Berry, punter Dustin Colquitt, outside linebacker Tamba Hali and inside linebacker Derrick Johnson.
Should Reid get the job, a number of former Eagles assistant coaches and executives could join him in Kansas City. Tom Heckert, who was just fired as Cleveland's general manager on Monday, could replace Pioli with the Chiefs. Recently fired Browns head coach Pat Shumur and offensive coordinator Brad Childress could also be headed there.
Current Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who was in New Orleans on Wednesday to watch the Sugar Bowl - his son Skylar is a backup quarterback at the University of Florida - is not expected to follow Reid to his next coaching gig.
Meanwhile, the Eagles are continuing their search for Reid's successor.
The team reported on its website Thursday that it will meet with Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy in Denver on Sunday. Lurie, president Don Smolenski and general manager Howie Roseman were in Atlanta on Wednesday interviewing Falcons special-teams coordinator Keith Armstrong and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan. By interviewing Armstrong, the Eagles met the requirements of the NFL's Rooney Rule, which requires all teams seeking a new head coach to interview a minority candidate.
The Eagles also are believed to be among the NFL teams interested in University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly, who coached the Ducks against Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona on Thursday night.
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