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Originally published Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 9:00 PM

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Reid close on deal to coach Kansas City

At 2-14, the Chiefs had the worst record in the NFL last year. But the expectation is that things will improve rapidly if they hire Andy...

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At 2-14, the Chiefs had the worst record in the NFL last year. But the expectation is that things will improve rapidly if they hire Andy Reid as their head coach.

"I think this team all of a sudden has a chance to be pretty good," former Chiefs coach Herm Edwards said. "He fits with the Chiefs. He coached at Missouri. He was in the Midwest. The fans will enjoy him, and they'll enjoy his offense. He's got a plan. He's been in playoff games. He's been in Super Bowls. He's done it all. His legacy is one that he knows how to win games."

The Chiefs were on the verge of bringing in Reid, fired Monday after 14 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, as their next coach, several media outlets reported.

Talks between the Chiefs and Reid were going well enough that Reid was not planning to take a scheduled visit to Arizona to speak with the Cardinals about their coaching vacancy, or meet with the Chargers about their head-coaching job.

The Chiefs didn't acknowledge they had even talked with Reid, much less that they were close to hiring him to replace Romeo Crennel. There was also no indication of the fate of general manager Scott Pioli.

Pioli was involved in the Chiefs' nine-hour interview with Reid in the Philadelphia area Wednesday. But Reid may prefer to work with a different general manager.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Reid would bring former Browns general manager Tom Heckert along with him to replace Pioli. After the Browns fired Heckert on Monday, he told the Plain Dealer that, "It would be outstanding to work with (Reid) again."

Before becoming the general manger of the Browns in 2010, Heckert had worked with Reid in Philadelphia for nine years.

But ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that his sources insist Reid still wants to gauge whether John Dorsey, the Packers' director of operations, would consider becoming the Chiefs' next GM.

Reid, 54, was the longest-tenured NFL coach when he was fired by the Eagles. Philadelphia won six NFC East championships under Reid and advanced to five NFC title games. The Eagles reached the Super Bowl only once, though, losing 24-21 to New England after the 2004 season.


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