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NFL notebook: Chiefs zero in on Andy Reid as head coach

PhiladelphiEagles head coach Andy Reid during second half an NFL football game against New York Giants Sunday Dec. 30 2012

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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Updated: February 5, 2013 6:38AM



Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs reportedly spent much of Thursday in negotiations for Reid to become the team’s coach.

The discussions followed nine hours of talks Wednesday that went well enough that the former Philadelphia Eagles coach canceled plans to interview for other openings. It was unclear which details were preventing the two sides from reaching an agreement.

The search for Romeo Crennel’s replacement has been led by Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt, who intends to take on more responsibility in the day-to-day operation of the franchise. Also on hand was team president Mark Donovan, who has a connection to Reid after spending six seasons as the Eagles’ senior vice president of business operations.

◆ With Reid no longer in the picture, the Arizona Cardinals have received permission to interview Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley for their coaching job.

◆ The Eagles will interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Sunday in Denver.

Autopsy: Brown was sober

An autopsy has found that Dallas Cowboys practice squad player Jerry Brown Jr. was sober when he was killed in a crash that led to an intoxication manslaughter charge against Josh Brent, the teammate at the wheel.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office reported that Brown died of head and neck trauma when their vehicle overturned. He had a dislocated neck, a severely bruised spine and a blood alcohol content of 0.056 percent. That’s well below the Texas drunken driving standard of 0.08 percent.

Death threats for Akers

San Francisco 49ers placekicker David Akers said he received death threats on Twitter and closed the account. Akers received the death threats late last month, but is unsure at the number of posts directed at him because he did not go further back on his account to see how many.

“It was Twitter stuff. I got off there, so I won’t deal with that anymore,” Akers said. Sun-Times wires



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