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Notes: Chiefs zero in on Andy Reid

Andy Reid appears to be spurning Arizona in favor of the head job in Kansas City.
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Andy Reid appears to be spurning Arizona in favor of the head job in Kansas City.

Andy Reid and Kansas City spent much of Thursday in negotiations for Reid to become the Chiefs’ coach, a person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press.

The discussions followed nine hours of talks Wednesday that went well enough that Reid canceled plans to interview for other openings, the person said. It was unclear which details were preventing the sides from reaching an agreement.

The Eagles fired Reid after 14 seasons on Monday, the same day the Chiefs parted ways with coach Romeo Crennel after the worst season in franchise history.


The search for Crennel’s replacement has been led by Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt, who intends to take on more responsibility in the day-to-day operation of the franchise. Also on hand was team president Mark Donovan, who has a connection to Reid after spending six seasons as the Eagles’ senior vice president of business operations. Hunt said Monday that he would have final say on the next Chiefs coach, rather than embattled general manager Scott Pioli. Various reports have indicated that Reid would be open to working with Pioli, while other reports have said he would prefer to build his own front office.

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Reid had been linked to the opening in Arizona before the Chiefs put on the press. The Cardinals now intend to interview former Chiefs coach Todd Haley, a person familiar with their plans said.

Haley was fired in December 2011 and spent 2012 as the offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh.

The other known candidates for the Arizona job are Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton and Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.

McCoy will also be interviewed Sunday by the Eagles, who have talked to candidates.

Many suitors


Oregon coach Chip Kelly should have his pick of head coaching positions coming off the Fiesta Orange Bowl.

The Brown, Eagles, and Bills are interested in signing Kelly, the Ducks coach and offensive mastermind whose break-neck, stop-us-if-you-can system is already being copied in the pro game. There could be others courting the 49-year-old Kelly, but Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Buffalo seem to be the leaders to land him.

It’s not yet clear who will get the first crack at Kelly, but Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner have spent the past few days in Arizona, where they have already conducted at least two interviews in preparation of their meeting with Kelly. On Tuesday, the Browns interviewed Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton.

On Wednesday, the Browns’ brass met with former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, fired this week after six seasons with the club.

Bears eyeing Arians

The Colts want offensive coordinator Bruce Arians to stick around a little longer, but granted him permission to speak with the Bears about their head coaching vacancy.

Chicago might not be the only team interested. There has been speculation that the Chargers want Arians, too.

The Colts’ coordinators usually speak with reporters on Thursday, but Arians was not available because he was ill, a team spokesman said.

Arians has been an NFL assistant for 20 years. But this year he moved to the top of the coaching carousel after leading the Colts to a 9-3 record as the interim coach while Chuck Pagano battled leukemia.

The 60-year-old Arians was forced out last season as Pittsburgh’s offensive coordinator.

Chicago general manager Phil Emery is looking to replace Lovie Smith, who was fired Monday.

San Diego also fired its coach, Norv Turner, and GM A.J. Smith on Monday and reportedly is interested in Tom Telesco, the Colts vice president of football operations.

O’Brien won’t jump

Bill O’Brien’s agent, Joseph Linta, said that the Penn State head coach made the decision to stay with the Nittany Lions and not move forward with potential NFL opportunities.

Linta said O’Brien garnered interest from several teams at the next level, but the ‘‘heartstrings’’ of O’Brien’s experience in his first year at Penn State outweighed the potentially big raise he could have received as an NFL head coach.

According to multiple reports, Cleveland was one of the teams to interview O’Brien.

Brown was sober

An autopsy found that Dallas practice squad player Jerry Brown Jr. was sober when he was killed in a crash that led to an intoxication manslaughter charge against his teammate, Josh Brent, who was driving.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office reported that Brown died of head and neck trauma when the vehicle overturned. He had a dislocated neck, a severely bruised spine, and a blood alcohol content of 0.056 percent. That’s well below the Texas drunken driving standard of 0.08 percent.

Akers got threats

San Francisco kicker David Akers said he received death threats on Twitter and closed the account. He also revealed — with newly signed kicker Billy Cundiff practicing alongside him in what has become a competition — that he underwent double hernia surgery last February. He had treatment on the area after a Nov. 25 game at New Orleans.