Kansas City's new Chief: Looks like Andy Reid
Andy Reid is expected to be named Chiefs coach today, according to a report in the Philadelphia Daily News.
The two sides spent much of yesterday in negotiations for Reid to become the Chiefs' coach, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss the situation.
The discussions followed nine hours of talks Wednesday that went well enough that Reid canceled plans to interview for other openings, the person told the AP.
The Eagles fired Reid after 14 seasons on Monday, the same day the Chiefs parted ways with coach Romeo Crennel after the worst season in franchise history.
The search for Crennel's replacement has been led by Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt, who intends to take on more responsibility in the day-to-day operation of the franchise. Also on hand was team president Mark Donovan, who has a connection to Reid after spending six seasons as the Eagles' senior vice president of business operations.
Reid had been linked to the opening in Arizona before the Chiefs put on the press. The Cardinals now intend to interview former Chiefs coach Todd Haley, a person familiar with their plans told the AP. Haley led the Chiefs to the AFC West title in 2010, but was fired in December 2011 and spent this past season as the offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh.
Hunt told the AP in an interview Monday that he would have final say on the next Chiefs coach, rather than embattled general manager Scott Pioli. Hunt has not said whether Pioli will be back next season, but indicated that his future could be determined by the next coach.
O'Brien to remain at Penn State: Bill O'Brien is staying at Penn State. O'Brien's agent, Joseph Linta, said that the Nittany Lions' head coach garnered interest from several NFL teams for vacant jobs at the next level.
He said O'Brien made the decision to stay at Penn State and not move forward with potential NFL opportunities.
The decision wasn't hard in the end, Linta said in a phone interview. "His loyalty to the team and those kids was a really strong bond . . . Although he loves the NFL and loves coaching, the experience this year with those kids was the opportunity of a lifetime for him."