Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Sports

Reid heads to K.C.; Kelly reportedly close to Cleveland

Andy Reid, fired after 14 seasons as Eagles coach Monday, was hired as Chiefs coach Friday.

Meanwhile, Oregon coach Chip Kelly agreed to a deal to coach the Browns, the NFL Network reported. The Associated Press reported the sides were close to a deal.

The Chiefs posted on Twitter a photo of Reid and owner Clark Hunt signing the contract. "Andy Reid and Clark Hunt make it official," the post said. "Reid becomes the Head Coach of the Chiefs."

A news conference was set for Monday.

Reid's deal was finalized shortly after the Chiefs said they had parted ways with general manager Scott Pioli after four seasons. Reid is expected to pursue longtime Packers personnel man John Dorsey and/or former Browns GM Tom Heckert to replace him. But Reid will have the final say on all football operations, his agent said.

Reid, 54, who replaces fired Romeo Crennel, takes over a team that went 2-14 this season. But he will have the No. 1 pick in the draft, and five Chiefs were voted to the Pro Bowl.

The Browns interviewed Kelly on Friday, a day after Oregon beat Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl. Amid the reports of a deal, espn.com said he would meet with the Bills this weekend, with the Browns still "favored" to land him. There were conflicting reports on whether Kelly also would meet with the Eagles; espn.com said yes, the Associated Press no because Philadelphia was "heading in another direction."

Kelly, who turned down an offer to coach the Bucs last year, has topped the Browns' wish list since they fired Pat Shurmur after this season. Cleveland declined to comment. Kelly was unavailable.

More coaching

Bills: Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy was set to interview today.

Eagles: The team received permission to talk to Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong have interviewed. McCoy was set to do so Sunday.

Jaguars: Owner Shad Khan has told assistants they can look for other jobs while he continues the search for a GM, the Associated Press reported. The new GM will decide coach Mike Mularkey's fate.

Panthers: Owner Jerry Richardson will talk with Ron Rivera today about the coach's future, the Charlotte Observer reported. Richardson hasn't spoken to the media since firing GM Marty Hurney after a 1-5 start. At the time, Rivera said Richardson told him the team must be "trending upward" for him to keep his job. It won its last four to finish 7-9.

Buc honored: Guard Davin Joseph is the Bucs' nominee for the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, which honors community service. All teams select a player. The winner is announced at the Super Bowl.

Times staff writer Stephen F. Holder contributed to this report.

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