Despite the Chiefs being one of the most disappointing teams thus far this season, team chairman Clark Hunt said both Andy Reid and GM John Dorsey‘s jobs are safe, even if this season spirals into a top-5 or top-10 draft choice, Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports (on Twitter).
This lengthy leash from a franchise that hasn’t won a playoff game since January 1994 may not appease some fans, but the Chiefs did qualify for the playoffs at 11-5 two seasons ago after going 2-14 in 2012 under Scott Pioli and Romeo Crennel.
Both Reid and Dorsey arrived in 2013, from the Eagles and Packers, respectively, and have yet to experience a losing season in Kansas City. Although their first seems likely this year, which necessitated the inquiry about the duo’s job status. They’ve gone 22-17 since arriving.
The Chiefs’ five losing seasons from 2007-12 probably help this tandem’s job security. They held top-10 draft picks in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013.
“I have confidence in Andy and John. … I think they’re the right guys to lead us. Not just this year, but going forward,” Hunt told media from London.
The Chiefs have several impending free agents — from Eric Berry and Sean Smith, to Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson — but the player most tied to the Reid-Dorsey regime will almost certainly be back as a result of this decision. A year after signing a five-year extension, Alex Smith will carry nearly $25MM in dead money onto next year’s salary cap, making a separation from the polarizing signal-caller unrealistic despite the Chiefs’ struggles this season.