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Hunt family wins over Reid

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The first call that Andy Reid received came from Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt.

Reid had just been dismissed after coaching the Eagles for 14 seasons, and he was back at his office after addressing his team one last time. The phone rang and Hunt was on the other end, asking whether Reid would be interested in a face-to-face meeting two days later.

"There are certain families that stand out, and the Hunt family is just tops," Reid said of the family that founded the franchise 53 years ago. "They're phenomenal."

Reid was introduced Monday at Arrowhead Stadium, taking over a once-proud franchise that went 2-14 last season and hasn't won a playoff game since 1993.

"There was a certain energy that started with Clark and radiated through the other people I met with, and it was just great," Reid said of their nine-hour meeting. "You got the feeling that this was right. … It made the decision easy."

Reid agreed to a five-year deal, the Associated Press reported. He said he'll sit in on interviews for Kansas City's general manager, but he'll leave the final decision up to Hunt.

GRUDEN INTEREST?: Former Bucs coach Jon Gruden would be interested in the Eagles coaching opening, his broadcasting colleague said Monday.

Former Eagles quarterback and ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski, who once worked with Gruden on ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcasts, told 97.5-FM in Philadelphia that the Eagles have not reached out to Gruden, but that Tampa Bay's only Super Bowl-winning coach would be interested in the opening.

Gruden has been in the broadcast booth since the Bucs fired him after the 2008 season.

BILLS INTRODUCE MARRONE: What mattered most to Doug Marrone was that he stayed in the state of New York, where the Bronx native has always felt at home: First playing then coaching at Syracuse, and now getting his first NFL head coaching shot in Buffalo.

"I had some opportunities to make a choice, and I've chosen to be here," Marrone said after being introduced as the Bills' coach. "You have to be at the place where you're most comfortable, and I'm most comfortable here in western New York."

Marrone, 48, who went 25-25 in four seasons at Syracuse, takes over for Chan Gailey, fired after three consecutive losing seasons.

BROWNS: AP reported that the team will interview Marc Trestman, coach of the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, for the team's vacant coaching job.

OTHER CHANGES: Skip Peete won't return as running backs coach with the Cowboys. … Matt Cavanaugh will not return as the Jets' quarterbacks coach.

Hunt family wins over Reid 01/07/13 [Last modified: Monday, January 7, 2013 10:58pm]
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