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3. Andy Reid/Kansas City

Predecessor: Romeo Crennel

Others interviewed: The Chiefs went through a whirlwind interview process with only a handful of candidates before quickly settling on Reid, who also was given broad powers over personnel decisions after general manager Scott Pioli was fired. Kansas City struck quickly because of concerns that Reid would be hired elsewhere.

Why Reid?: He was the most successful head coach in Philadelphia Eagles history. Reid won 140 games and led the Eagles to nine playoff appearances in 14 seasons, including an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIX.

Biggest philosophical change: Reid will install the same style of West Coast offense that he used in Philadelphia. Although he has a history of pass-heavy play calling, Reid will likely lean on running back Jamaal Charles in the same fashion as LeSean McCoy in Philadelphia. New defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, who worked under Rex Ryan with the New York Jets, is expected to place his own spin on the 3-4 defensive personnel used by former Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel.

Most pressing task: It starts under center. No quarterback drafted by the Chiefs has won a game for the team since 1983 first-round pick Todd Blackledge. The Chiefs need to make an investment in the position with a veteran and a rookie. It seems unlikely that either 2012 starter – Matt Cassel or Brady Quinn – will return. Cassel’s release would clear $5.8 million in salary cap space; Quinn is a pending free agent.

Outlook: The quarterback situation is problematic, especially because the free-agent pickings are slim and no college passer is likely to emerge as being worthy of selection with Kansas City’s No. 1 overall pick. Otherwise, there’s a lot to like about the Chiefs. There is cornerstone talent – five players were selected to the Pro Bowl – and Kansas City is likely to enter the free-agent signing period with eight-figure space in salary cap room available to bolster the roster. Reid has a golden opportunity to show that Philadelphia’s collapse over the past two seasons was largely the fault of others in the organization besides him.

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