NFL notebook: Chiefs officially name Reid head coach
By Wire Reports
Published: Friday, January 4, 2013, 9:02 p.m.
Updated: Friday, January 4, 2013
The Chiefs made it official on Friday night, finalizing a deal to make Andy Reid their new coach.
Kansas City provided visual proof by tweeting out an image of a mustachioed man with beefy hands signing what we presume to be a contract. Crennel and Pioli are out. Reid is in. A new era in Chiefs football.
The Chiefs will introduce Reid at a news conference Monday.
Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie — who fired Reid Monday after 14 seasons with the team — wished the coach well in a statement released by the team.
“Congratulations to Clark Hunt and the Kansas City Chiefs for hiring a good man and a good coach,” Lurie said. “We wish Andy, Tammy and their entire family all the best in their new home.”
The new coach inherits a team with five Pro Bowl players, not to mention the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Long considered one of the NFL's bright offensive minds, Reid had a record of 130-93-1 in 14 seasons in Philadelphia.
• The Eagles were granted permission Friday to interview Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley for their coaching vacancy. Team officials already met with three candidates and plan to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy in Denver on Sunday.
• The Minnesota Vikings announced Friday that quarterback Christian Ponder is listed as questionable for Saturday night's wild-card playoff matchup against the Green Bay Packers. Ponder was limited in practice all week after injuring his elbow in Sunday's win over the Packers.
• Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson scheduled a meeting with Ron Rivera on Saturday morning to discuss the coach's future with the team, according to a person familiar with the situation.
• Cornerbacks Brandon Browner of the Seahawks and Cedrick Griffin of the Redskins will be available for Sunday's game after serving four-game suspensions for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
• Jacksonville Jaguars assistant coaches are no longer in limbo. Owner Shad Khan is allowing the assistants to look for other jobs while he continues interviewing general manager candidates.
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