Unless he’s got debts that no honest man can pay, Andy Reid going to Kansas City is a mistake. Granted, it makes more sense than him going to Arizona, but not by much. When I heard that rumor yesterday (Reid to AZ), I thought he must be the kind of guy that just needs to stand up and admire what he’s done in the bathroom because if not, then why else would he want to go out to the middle of the desert and inherit that atrocious clogged toilet-like Kolb-Skelton-Lindley QB situation unless he truly believes he can salvage something out of Kolb? (thus the bathroom analogy comes full circle)
Reid to KC isn’t much better. The greatest trick Charlie Weis ever pulled was to convince us that Brady Quinn was a NFL QB. Belichek’s doing the same with Matt Cassel is right up there as well. In fact, the only reason the KC situation is marginally better is because they happen to play in the AFC version of the west instead of the NFC. The Peyton Manning led reign in Denver will be shorter (due simply to the fact that he’s 37) than what is brewing out west between San Francisco and Seattle on the NFC side.
Andy Reid’s resume should dictate that he has the luxury of getting to choose his next job and not the other way around. I’m not saying it will, I am saying it should. Why would he want to take on a project like KC? The Chiefs are years away from contending and i doubt they have their starting 2013 QB on their roster yet. This draft isn’t QB heavy. Forget about Luck, RGIII and Wilson, there’t not a Tannehill or even a Weeden out there. So if you’re an NFL team out there looking for a new starting quarterback, like KC and AZ, you are going to have to find one from within the NFL.
Who does that leave available? Alex Smith? Is he really going to be the centerpiece that you build a Super Bowl around? A potential reunion with Vick, a trade for Sanchez perhaps? If I’m Andy Reid, I want no part of those problems. Romo? With the lack of better options, I doubt Dallas lets him become available despite his continual disappointment. Make a trade for a guy like Matt Flynn? Maybe, but why would Andy Reid want to gamble on a career backup when he could go to a team that has a legit starting NFL franchise quarterback already on its roster?
If I’m Andy Reid, there is only one team I would coach for in 2013 and its San Diego or bust. Of the seven overall vacancies (only six of which are available to Reid) the Chargers is far and away the most desirable for a coach of his stature. At this stage of his career Reid doesn’t need a new project, he needs to win. He needs to find a team with talent (and by talent I mean a legit NFL QB), fix whats broken, get to the playoffs and hopefully win the Super Bowl. Simply put, San Diego’s QB situation is the most desirable and their conference is the most winnable, sold.
If I were Reid and did not get the SD job, then I’d follow Jeff Fisher’s example and go away to come back. Like Reid, Fisher never won a Super Bowl but lost one and at the time of his firing was the were the longest current tenured NFL head coach. Fisher sat out, let teams come to him, bided his time and when he was ready and/or the right opportunity came along (St Louis) he took it. Point being it was on his terms.
I know Andy Reid probably desires to resume his NFL head coaching career right away to prove the Eagles wrong for firing him and out of overall pride as well, but he should make sure he returns to the right opportunity. There is nothing wrong with taking a year or two off, maybe get fat (well fatter) on of some easy TV money while you let the teams come to you.
In the words of Han Solo, “Boba Fett? Boba Fett where?!” ( I know that quote is not relevant but for some reason its stuck in my head)