|After only three days of unemployment, Andy Reid has emerged from the shadows in Kansas City. (US Presswire)|
With the Chiefs hiring Andy Reid as their new head coach, there are winners and losers that have emerged from the decision.
Clark Hunt: The Chiefs owner -- who has made some bad decisions in the past year (keeping Romeo Crennel and Scott Pioli in the organization being Nos. 1 and 2) -- landed the most-coveted free-agent coach of this offseason. And, unlike Oregon coach Chip Kelly, who has had success only at the NCAA level (which doesn't always translate to NFL success), Reid has a long and impressive resume. This will be the first step in winning back Kansas City's loyal fan base.
Bob LaMonte: Reid's agent seemingly played this well. Whether it was true or not, Reid supposedly also was in the mix for the Cardinals and Chargers jobs, and that might have forced the Chiefs to quickly come to terms with Reid on a contract that was more favorable to him. I mean, three days after Reid was fired from his job, the Chiefs gave him a new one. Lamonte has to get some credit for that.
Jamaal Charles: It was nearly impossible to determine how the Chiefs were going to use Charles on a weekly basis in 2012 (some weeks, he'd get six carries; some weeks, he'd get 33). He shouldn't expect Reid to turn him into a workhorse -- only twice in the past 13 years has a Reid running back averaged more than 18 carries per game (LeSean McCoy in 2011, and Brian Westbrook in 2007) -- but Charles should have a better quarterback on the team. Besides, it wouldn't bode well for Charles' long-term career plans if he has a repeat of his 285-carry season during 2012.
Tom Heckert: There were conflicting reports on Thursday morning over whether Reid told the Chiefs' brass that he was a package deal with Tom Heckert. Considering Heckert was fired as Browns GM on Monday, a new job with his old Philadelphia buddy would be welcome. We assume Reid has come away from this hire with a fair amount of power, and even if Heckert isn't part of some kind of backroom deal, it seems like there's a good chance that Reid could dictate to the Chiefs that they hire Heckert for a front-office job. Heckert isn't a foregone hire, but there's a good chance that Reid would help get him a job.
Juan Castillo: Maybe this is a stretch, but clearly, Reid is close to Castillo, even though the former fired the latter as Eagles defensive coordinator this season. Who's to say Reid wouldn't want Castillo back on his staff (on the offensive side of the ball, of course), and who's to say Castillo wouldn't want to work for Reid again? The two are good friends, after all.
Scott Pioli: As CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora has been reporting, if Reid took the Chiefs' job, general manager Scott Pioli would lose his. And that's exactly what happened.
Cardinals: We don't know how true they were, but there were reports earlier this week that Reid almost certainly would take the Arizona job. Whether that was the work of LaMonte or the decision by the Chiefs not to allow Reid out of their sight, Arizona won't get the chance to convince Reid that he should move farther west.
Keith Armstrong: The Falcons' special teams coach also interviewed for the Chiefs' position. But going against Reid, Armstrong almost had no chance to win this job. Armstrong will have other opportunities -- already, he has interviewed for the Eagles' head coaching job -- but there's also a decent chance that Armstrong will have to return to Atlanta as an assistant in 2013.
Jamaal Charles' fantasy owners: Reid won't turn him into the workhouse running back over whom you'd salivate over. Sorry.
Eagles' next coach: The Eagles will play host to the Chiefs next season in Philadelphia. If the Eagles lose to Reid in a home game, well, that won't be a pretty scene.