Hunt took control of the interview process early and zeroed in on Reid at a time when many expected Reid to land with the Arizona Cardinals.
It's not hard to see why Kansas City was attractive to Reid. The Chiefs had five Pro Bowl players despite a two-win season. They play in a weak division with a strong fan base and an ownership with a history of respect in the NFL. Most importantly, they can offer Reid what they offered Pioli: Control.
NFL.com's Gil Brandt reported that Reid got everything he wanted from the Chiefs, including full personnel control. The presence of Chiefs president Mark Donovan also was a big factor. Reid will be able to shape the organization in his image. He is expected to bring a general manager or personnel director whom he's familiar with so they can work together in lockstep. But make no mistake: Reid will be in charge.
"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."
It's not surprising that Reid got a job quickly, even though you could argue he did less with more talent over the last few years than any head coach in the NFL. Reid looks like a coach who was in desperate need of a fresh start. He brings an entire organized way of doing things to Kansas City with him. You aren't just hiring Reid but an entire philosophy.
That philosophy crumbled over the last few years in Philadelphia, but it worked well enough to make the playoffs nine times in 14 seasons. The Chiefs, who haven't won a playoff game since 1993, would be happy to find that level of success.
Hunt entrusted all facets of his organization to Pioli just four years ago. Now the Chiefs will do the same thing with Reid.