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Chiefs introduce Andy Reid as new head coach

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Chiefs introduce Andy Reid as new head coach

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The first call that Andy Reid received came from Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt.

Reid had just been dismissed after coaching the Eagles for 14 seasons, and was back at his office after addressing his team one last time. The phone rang and Hunt was on the other end, asking whether Reid would be interested in a face-to-face meeting two days later.

``There are certain families that stand out, and the Hunt family is just tops,'' Reid said of the family that founded the franchise 53 years ago. ``They're phenomenal.''

The meeting was set for Wednesday in Philadelphia, and Reid's agent Bob LaMonte figured it would take about three hours. But when Reid got in front of Hunt, the two hit it off so well that time kept slipping away - four hours, then six, then eight hours of conversations.

After nine hours, it became clear that Reid would be the Chiefs' next coach.

He was introduced on Monday at a packed news conference at Arrowhead Stadium, taking over a once-proud franchise that went 2-14 last season and hasn't won a playoff game since 1993.

``There was a certain energy that started with Clark and radiated through the other people I met with, and it was just great,'' Reid said. ``You got the feeling that this was right. It was the right thing to do. It made the decision easy. I crossed my fingers that I'd be offered the job.''

Reid agreed to a five-year deal, a person with knowledge of the contract told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the terms were not disclosed.

He takes over for Romeo Crennel, who was fired Monday after his first full season.

``Sometimes change is good,'' said Reid, who coached the Eagles to a 4-12 record this season, dragging down his career record of 130-93-1. ``It could be tremendous for the Philadelphia Eagles, and at the same time, I think it's going to be tremendous for the Kansas City Chiefs.''

Reid said he's met with the current Chiefs assistant coaches, but would not say whether any of them will be retained. Reid did say he plans to bring along some of his staff from Philadelphia, and quarterbacks coach Doug Pederson is one of the hot names.

Reid also said he'll sit in on interviews for the Chiefs' general manager, but he'll leave the final decision up to Hunt. The Chiefs parted ways with Scott Pioli on Friday after four tumultuous seasons, just hours before Reid agreed to his deal.

Among the candidates for the job are former Browns general manager Tom Heckert and longtime Packers personnel man John Dorsey, both of whom have a history with Reid.

Reid said he's already started to dig into the current Chiefs roster - he had already watched video of all 16 games last season by the time he was interviewed. And he said he's buoyed by the fact that the Chiefs have five players who were voted to the Pro Bowl, and they'll have the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft for the first time in franchise history.

That should allow Reid and the Chiefs' retooled front office to start filling holes, the biggest of which is at quarterback, where Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn struggled all season.

``I'm going to dig in and look at that and we'll build that thing,'' Reid said. ``We'll see how that works out, but I need to spend some time at that.''

Reid certainly has experience in rebuilding a franchise.

The Eagles were 3-13 before he arrived in 1999. He drafted Donovan McNabb with the No. 2 pick in that year's draft, won five games the following year and then went 11-5 and finished second in the NFC East - the first of five straight seasons in which he won at least 11 games.

``When I look at the Chiefs, I look at the bigger picture. What are they truly about? What are they made of?'' Reid said. ``Every organization goes through a lull, personnel changes, players grow old, they change. Maybe a draft pick here or there didn't work, a free agent didn't work. That happens. What's the grit of the organization?

``I've been in this thing long enough to appreciate that,'' Reid said. ``I came from a great organization. I wanted to make sure I had that opportunity to be again in a great organization.''

That's part of the reason that Reid did his homework on the Chiefs.

In the time between Hunt's initial phone call and that first meeting in Philadelphia, Reid reached out to former Eagles and Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil. Reid wanted to know about the Hunt family, about the organization and whether it might be the right fit.

``I just told him to go. That was the first thing,'' Vermeil told The Associated Press. ``He asked, `Well, can I win there?' And I said, `Andy, you can win anywhere.'''

He ultimately chose to win in Kansas City.

After that lengthy meeting in Philadelphia, Hunt said he still wasn't sure whether Reid was truly on the hook. But the following day, Reid canceled an interview with Arizona and decided not to pursue interest from San Diego, and instead scheduled a trip to visit Kansas City.

When he arrived on Friday, he was tailed to Arrowhead Stadium by helicopters from local television stations. Every step he took was watched by fans that had been pining all season for change. A few of them even showed up with footballs, hoping to land his autograph.

He signed his name, adding ``Go Chiefs.''

Reid said he didn't consider taking some time off, despite a trying season on and off the field. His oldest son, Garrett, died during training camp after a long battle with drug addiction.

``I'm ready to go. This is what I do,'' he said. ``Never took that into consideration.''

It was something Hunt considered during that initial meeting. But it didn't take long for the soft-spoken coach with the bushy mustache - ``Big Red'' to those who know him well - to set the Chiefs chairman at ease, and convince Hunt he was the right man for the job.

``It was a very hard year on all of us, my family, the fans, everyone,'' Hunt said. ``When you're not successful in the National Football League, change is coming. And I'm glad 2012 is in the rear-view mirror. We're onto 2013, and in Andy, we already have our first victory.''

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The makeup of the draft pool will shape the Redskins' first-round strategy

The makeup of the draft pool will shape the Redskins' first-round strategy

The makeup of the top players in the 2018 NFL Draft pool may push the Redskins into continuing a short-term draft trend that appears to be working out fairly well for them. 

For seven straight years beginning in 2009, the Redskins went along with the conventional wisdom in the draft, taking a player that primarily impacted the passing game or stopping the other team’s passing game, with their top draft picks. 

Their top pick (whether in the first or second round) in every draft from 2008-2014 was at a traditionally high-value position associated with the passing game — wide receiver (Devin Thomas), edge rusher (Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Murphy), left tackle (Trent Williams), quarterback (Robert Griffin III), or outside cornerback (David Amerson). 

This was the Redskins going along with the conventional wisdom. Since 2000, 62 percent of first-round NFL draft picks have been players at those positions even though they account for just 32 percent of a team’s starters. 

The Redskins have shifted away for conducting the draft focused on the passing game at the top in two of the last three drafts. The Redskins selected guard Brandon Scherff (No. 5) in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft and interior defensive lineman Jonathan Allen (No. 22) in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. In between, they went the old way, selecting wide receiver Josh Doctson (No. 22) in the 2016 NFL Draft. 

This trend is likely to continue due in part to the makeup of the top talent in the draft.

If you’re not looking for a quarterback, the top half of the first round is very light in talented players playing the positions that are most important to the passing game — outside cornerback, edge rusher, left tackle, and wide receiver. Cornerback Denzel Ward is a top-10 player as is edge rusher Bradley Chubb. But that’s about it at those positions and there are no wide receivers or left tackles worthy of consideration in the top 15.

That leaves players like interior defensive linemen Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne and inside linebackers Roquan Smith and Tremaine Edmunds as players who have the potential to be the best available players on the board when the Redskins are on the clock. Traditionally, these players play positions that teams are looking for in the latter stages of the first round at the earliest. 

They could go the non-traditional way for the third time in four years with Vea, Payne, Fitzpatrick, or Smith. In fact, unless Ward slips or they pull off a major surprise it’s likely that they will.

Scherff has worked out well and Allen was getting the job done as a rookie before he got injured so perhaps the way the draft plays out will work out well for Washington.

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John Wall said he's not listening to Drake's music during Wizards-Raptors playoff series

John Wall said he's not listening to Drake's music during Wizards-Raptors playoff series

The friendly feud between Wizards guard John Wall and Raptors superfan Drake nearly tilted to Washington over the weekend as the rap star apparently floated the idea of showing up for Game 3 in D.C. 

Drake, in fact, was going to bring with him a prop to show just how confident he was after his team went up up 2-0.

"I told him to be here for Game 3. He told me he was going to be here," Wall said. "He didn't show up. He told me we was getting swept and he said he had the broom for us."

Wall and Drake exchanged trash-talk throughout the first two games held up in Toronto as Drake sat courtside. Their back-and-forth was caught on camera and went viral.

Wall now has the upperhand with the Wizards having won two straight games as the series shifts back to Toronto for Game 5 on Wednesday.

"I wanted him to know that they wasn't going to sweep us," Wall said. "We did what we were supposed to do. We came home and took home court, won two games."

Wall continued to say that him and Drake "are just having fun." He has referred to Drake as a friend in the past and Drake is a fan of the University of Kentucky, where Wall starred during the 2009-10 season.

But that friendship is currently on hold. Wall, in fact, says isn't listening to any of Drake's songs during the series and that includes 'Nice For What,' Drake's latest single. The song is being played everywhere, but Wall is avoiding it. 

"I can't?" Wall said when told he can't get away from 'Nice For What.' "I always have my headphones on."

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