Hunt reflects on hiring Reid: 'Right fit' at perfect time

May 21, 2020 - 11:05 am

In 2012, the Chiefs had the NFL's worst record at 2-14 despite having six players selected to the Pro Bowl.

It was clear to Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt that his team needed the right coach, who could take a roster with some talent and fulfill its potential. That's when Andy Reid became available after being fired by the Eagles after that same season.

Reid proved to be the right man for the job, having led the Chiefs to a Super Bowl championship last season.

"I knew we had some talent, but we just needed a mature leader," Hunt said on a Facebook Live event with 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Wednesday evening. "Truthfully, we were very fortunate that Andy was available in that hiring cycle. Sometimes there are guys with experience with the right fit who are available, and sometimes not. But it was very clear when we got in and started talking with Andy that there was going to be a really good fit between us.

"He really had the full range, from attention to detail to creativity to work ethic, a little bit impatient. Over the years, we found the best coaches are really great communicators. 

"They needed a fresh start and he also needed a fresh start. We were fortunate to get him in Kansas City."

The 62-year-old Reid is 207-128-1 in his coaching career, including 77-35 over seven seasons in Kansas City. 

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