Andy Reid has been down this road before.
Back in 1999, as a first-year head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Reid walked into a team with the No. 2 overall pick and looking for a franchise quarterback.
The Eagles struck gold with Syracuse signal caller Donavon McNabb and Philadelphia made six playoff appearance over the next eight seasons, after missing the postseason the previous 10 years.
After 14 seasons with the Eagles, Reid moves on to his next challenge with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Last year the Chiefs struggled to a 2-14 record and enter the offseason with the No. 1 pick.
“It’s important that we go through and evaluate everybody,” Reid said at Thursday’s NFL Combine.
“You don’t go for need (at No. 1), you go for who the best player is, or who you perceive the best player to be is and you put them in there and that’s what you go with.”
Reid enters the fold with the Chiefs after a tumultuous 2012 where he his son, Garrett unexpectedly died during the Eagles training camp.
A 4-12 regular season would follow for Reid and the Eagles, and the longest tenured coach in the NFL would be fired on the final day of 2012.
Listening to Reid on Thursday though, the head coach seemed rearing to go on to the next chapter of his life.
“I am fired up to be here,” Reid said during his opening statement to the media.
“We’re getting everything moved in and getting settled down a little bit. I am looking forward to this whole process that we are going through here with the combine and all the personnel decisions that need to be made in the next few months here.”
Reid called the process in Kansas ‘a great challenge’ but there is no denying the stock piling of former first round picks that litter the Chiefs roster.
For the second straight season, the Chiefs will welcome the Colts to Arrowhead Stadium and Reid is anxious to return the energy back into one of the league’s most intimating environments.
“I think there is some good talent on (the Chiefs).”
“The players that I’ve talked to, they understand that you’ve got to give up a little to get some, to get a positive result. As they enter this offseason, they’ve got to really dedicate themselves, as do the coaches, to pull this thing together and make the Kansas City Chiefs better.”
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