Chiefs lock up Reid with five-year deal
The signing resulted in the subsequent move of "parting ways" with general manager Scott Pioli, who had the right of "final say" regarding personnel decisions written into his contract. Reid was always given a great deal of power over personnel decisions when with the Eagles, so it had been assumed that if the Chiefs signed Reid, Pioli would be packing his bags. The Chiefs, however, claim that the breakup was mutual, and that Pioli wanted the chance to search for other job opportunities.
The Chiefs will now be in search of a new general manager, and will also look to revamp the coaching staff under Reid. The leading candidate for GM as of now is John Dorsey, director of player operations for the Packers. Working with Reid, his main responsibilities will be college scouting and the draft. Similar to Bill Belichick and Mike Shanahan, Reid will maintain a great deal of personnel control, regardless of who signs on as general manager.
As for the coaching staff, Reid is expected to bring along his old Eagles buddy, Juan Castillo, as the Chiefs' new offensive line coach. Recently fired Browns head coach Pat Shurmur and former Vikings head coach Brad Childress (both of whom have been on Reid's staff in the past) are the frontrunners for the vacant offensive coordinator position.
Reid should be a good fit on a Chiefs team that has plenty of playmakers, but is lacking what Reid specializes in - a quarterback. Reid's first draft pick as a head coach was Donovan McNabb in 1999. In his first season as the opening day starter (2000), McNabb made the Pro Bowl - and this was during a time when young quarterbacks took the league by storm much less frequently. Coming into the NFL, McNabb was often quick to bail on his receivers and take off on the ground. Reid, however, quickly developed him into a rocket armed pocket passer whose first option was to pick you apart through the air, but could gash you on the ground if given too much space.
As McNabb's prime came to a close, Reid found an obscure Kevin Kolb in the second round of the 2007 draft, and turned him into a serviceable starting quarterback - as long as he has a halfway decent line blocking for him. He also picked Michael Vick up off the street and turned the former thousand-yard rusher into the same pocket passing playmaker that McNabb was, albeit temporarily.
Since Trent Green topped 4,000 yards in 2005, the Chiefs' leading passers have been Damon Huard, Tyler Thigpen, and Matt Cassel. They have struggled mightily to find a quarterback, despite putting together pretty good units in other areas, and Reid could provide a solution to their glaring deficiency.