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Clark Hunt: Right Man For The Job?

When Clark Hunt first took the reigns as Chairman of the Kansas City Chiefs, many fans were not sure how to take him.  He was a very quiet person in public and seemed to be more invested in his soccer team than the NFL team that he had inherited.  In 2006, when Lamar Hunt passed away, there were some very big shoes to fill.  The question that lingered in my head was the same all along:  Is Clark dedicated and the right person to do the job.

Clark has always been a very good student dating back to his days at Southern Methodist University. He graduated first in his class in 1987 and was also a captain of the soccer team. He graduated with a Master’s in Business Administration and was a two-time academic all-American.  He also earned the school’s supreme academic award in two separate years.  Hunt has showed this intelligence by bringing in consultants like Marty Shottenheimer to help gain some guidance and understanding of this immeasurable decision that he needs to make.

As his tenure at the top of the organization began, it didn’t seem as though Clark had much interest in the Chiefs. When he announced that Carl Peterson had resigned and he was separating the positions, I began to gain some trust in our chairman.  I always thought it was unrealistic to have one man with three of the top titles in the organization.  Clark decided to separate CEO, President, and general manager. To me, keeping all of the positions together would be like the President of the United States making all of the decisions as if there were no Congress or House of Representatives. There needs to be a check and balance so that one person’s ego doesn’t completely sour all aspects of the task at hand.

Skip forward to today, and again, I am very happy with the direction that Clark has decided to go. Many coaches would be very excited about the idea of dealing directly with the owner of the organization.  I am still a bit confused on the decision (or lack thereof) to retain Pioli. But, by making this move, Clark has showed that he wants to be front and center and is willing to do what is necessary to get the right coach.

After reports rose that a nine hour meeting between Andy Reid and various members of the Chiefs brass had come to a close, many think that Clark has already made his decision. My opinion on Reid is still reserved, but I like how fast Clark moved to secure the interview. Flying to Philadelphia before Reid could interview with Arizona was the move of an owner that wants the best for his team.

As the forty-seven year old embarks on a decision that will affect the Chiefs for the foreseeable future, he has shown many signs that he is not in over his head. I’ve been very encouraged by the remarks he has made to the media and how he has tried to move so fast at the close of the 2012 season. If you had asked me if he was the right man for the job a year ago, I would not have been able to give a straight answer. Judging by his quick actions and media presence at such a low time in the organization, he has my support and confidence.

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  • James Denton

    My hat is off to Clark Hunt! And his choice to go after Andy Reid! it has been said that Reid has already been assembling a coaching staff so it looks as if he is ahead of the game as well! I look at Reid as far as temperment as a mixture between Haley and Crennel and think he is definitely a players coach as Crennel but is also not afraid to get on a person as Haley! If the proper staff is assembled, and we have a good free agency especially with our own players, plus fill in some needed gaps, and depth as well, and add a good draft class to that, I could see the Chiefs back into contention very soon! GO CHIEFS!!!! from a true fan NO MATTER WHAT!! GOOD OR BAD!!!! P.S. and no I didn’t forget we NEED a QB but I am sure Andy has a plan for that as well or he wouldn’t be considering KC as an option! Some stories are saying Mcnabb but I don’t see it, I see him trying to get Kevin Colb from Arizona before Mcnabb! what’s your thoughts on that my fellow Chiefs fans??

    • Ryan Ulrich

      I agree, Clark is doing a great job! The more I read about Andy, the more I like. His background with QB’s and his offensive mind are huge draws for me! He is definitely a players coach, but not nearly as soft as Crennel. I don’t see the Kevin Kolb move happening. I think he is looking to the draft for a QB and will bring in a veteran. I’d be surprised if Quinn or Cassell are on the roster next season in any capacity. Either way, the past week has been more interesting than most of the 2012 season :)

  • Brady Warshawsky

    After reading this article, I have assembled a feeling of hope going forward in the KC Chiefs organization. If a coach of the caliber found in Andy Reid does come to KC, I am hopeful for the product that can potentially be put on the field. I do falter however when it comes to Pioli being retained as GM. I am hopeful that the proper change will occur, should Andy Reid sign. I am reserved however, due to the track record laid before us over the past decade. In other words… I am cautiously optimistic.

    In response to James Denton’s post regarding QB play, I personally would like it if McNab came to KC only to coach QB’s. I feel his playing days are done, but he still has a bunch of knowledge at the position & of Reid’s philosophy. He could be a valuable asset to the Chiefs should/when we take a QB in the draft. In response to Kevin Kolb coming in… I am also against it. I feel he was the popular pick a few years ago, and is still making money off hype & not results… Kind of how Cassell stepped in at New England when Brady got hurt a few years back. If we are to bring in a Vet QB to be a stop gap while our franchise one can ride pine & learn the system, why not reach out to someone like Jake Delhomme (retired), David Garrard, Vince Young, or even Jon Kitna? That is my take… Thoughts?

    • Ryan Ulrich

      In my opinion, when Andy Reid signs, there is no chance of Pioli being retained. I like the names that are being floated around as possible replacements. My favorite would be the director of football operations up in Green Bay.
      As for the QB position. I would be alright with a David Garrard calibar player coming in as long as we had a QB waiting in the wings. With the less talented draft choices this year than the past, we might not have a starter out of the gates. We have all seen what happens to QB’s that get thrown to the wolves before they ae ready. However, if we were going that route, I’d prefer to spend some money and even a later round draft pick if we could obtain someone like Matt Flynn. Obviously more of a pipe dream, but I didn’t think that we were in the running for Andy Reid a few days ago either.