NFL notebook

Notes: Andy Reid hired to coach Chiefs; GM Scott Pioli fired

Andy Reid pulled up to Arrowhead Stadium in a black SUV on Friday and walked briskly toward the doors of the Kansas City Chiefs’ home.

His new home, as it turned out.

Just a few hours later, Reid officially became the coach of the Chiefs.


The longtime Eagles coach signed a five-year deal, two people familiar with the situation told the Associated Press.

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The Chiefs scheduled an introductory press conference for Monday.

Reid’s agreement was finalized shortly after the Chiefs announced they had parted ways with general manager Scott Pioli after four tumultuous seasons in Kansas City.

Reid inherits a team that went 2-14, matching the worst record in franchise history.

While Reid will have authority in personnel decisions, it’s expected that he will pursue longtime Packers personnel man John Dorsey to work with him as general manager.


Reid takes over for Romeo Crennel, who was fired Monday after one full season.

The Chiefs first interviewed Reid for about nine hours in Philadelphia on Wednesday, and then spent much of Thursday working out the details before coming to an agreement.

‘‘Overall the job is still attractive,’’ said Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt, who led the search for Crennel’s replacement. ‘‘The franchise remains very well respected.’’

Reid will have more authority in Kansas City than any previous coach.

Hunt said this week that he was changing the Chiefs’ organizational structure so that the coach and general manager report directly to him. Since his late father Lamar founded the team 53 years ago, the coach typically reported to the general manager.


The Chiefs earlier Friday issued a statement that said they had ‘‘mutually parted ways’’ with Pioli after a four-year tenure marked by poor draft choices, ineffective free agent moves, his own failed coaching hires, and a growing fan rebellion.

The three-time NFL executive of the year, all with New England, often spoke of putting together ‘‘the right 53,’’ but he failed to do so.

Kelly, Browns close

The Browns are close to a deal that would make Oregon’s Chip Kelly their next coach, a person familiar with the negotiations said.

The Browns interviewed Kelly on Friday and the Ducks coach also met with the Bills in Arizona. He has a scheduled meeting with Philadelphia on Saturday. However, a person familiar with the interviews said the Eagles are ‘‘heading in another direction’’ because Kelly is nearing a deal with Cleveland.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that the Browns and Kelly met for seven hours.

The Eagles were granted permission to interview Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and are scheduled to meet with Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Sunday.

Philadelphia has already talked to Penn State’s Bill O’Brien, whose agent Thursday night said he was staying at the school, and Atlanta’s defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong.

Kelly, 49, turned down an offer from Tampa Bay last year to return for his fourth season at Oregon, where he is 46-7.

The Browns have declined comment on any interviews.

Rivera in limbo

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson scheduled a meeting with Ron Rivera for Saturday to discuss the coach’s future with the team, said a person familiar with the situation.

Richardson fired GM Marty Hurney after Carolina’s 1-5 start. Rivera said that’s when Richardson informed him the Panthers needed to be ‘‘trending upward’’ for him to keep his job. Carolina went 6-4 to close the season.

Jets’ search begins

The Jets started the process of replacing Mike Tannenbaum as the team’s general manager, with Atlanta director of player personnel David Caldwell and San Francisco director of player personnel Tom Gamble scheduling interviews. The New York Post had former Cleveland GM Tom Heckert cancelling an interview. reported that the team, according to sources, is telling candidates they must be willing to work with coach Rex Ryan for at least next season.

Colts guard out

Colts left guard Joe Reitz will not play in Sunday’s playoff game at Baltimore because of a concussion. He will likely be replaced by Jeff Linkenbach . . . Washington restored cornerback Cedric Griffin to the 53-man roster in time for the playoffs after his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Cornerback D.J. Johnson, who sprained his left knee in last week’s win over Dallas, was placed on injured reserve to make room for Griffin. Left guard Kory Lichtensteiger was again unable to practice on his sprained left ankle. Third-round pick Josh LeRibeus will start if Lichtensteiger can’t . . . Cornerback Brandon Browner is expected to start for the Seahawks Sunday at Washington despite just returning this week from his four-game suspension.

Ex-Patriot dies

Former Patriots guard Jack Davis died. He was 80. Davis, an original member of the team when it was formed in 1960 as the Boston Patriots of the AFL, died Jan. 1 in Palm Harbor, Fla., the club announced Friday. He appeared in 14 games for the Patriots . . . 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree and running back Frank Gore threw the ball into the stands after scoring touchdowns on Sunday and were fined $10,500 each by the NFL . . . Pete Elliott, the longest-tenured executive director in the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s history, died. He was 86.