Published Friday, January 4, 2013 AT 3:42 PM / Updated at 4:52 PM
Tom’s Friday Tailgate
Tom Shatel Omaha World-Herald

You’ve heard of the Accidental Tourist. I’m the Accidental Blogger. But in 2013 I’m vowing to use this forum more, if only to clean out the clutter in my head. Let’s see how long this New Year’s Resolution lasts.

1. Andy Reid to Kansas City is a bold move, a good move. The Chiefs could have done much worse, as it appeared on Monday when Clark Hunt looked like he might keep Scott Pioli. But Hunt was just hedging his bets until he had his guy. KC has always had a GM to blame for its fate. Now, Reid will be in charge of the football roster and be the most powerful Chiefs coach since Hank Stram. Reid was both excellent and then a disaster at this in Philly, but sometimes you stay too long. I think a change of scenery, and a weak AFC West, will bode well for this marriage. Too bad there’s not a franchise quarterback in the draft.

2. I expect Chip Kelly to follow the sirens’ song to the NFL. It will be interesting to see how he plays in a league where coaches scheme 365 days a year. And, where every defense has speed. Why not? If it doesn’t work out, Kelly can always come back and pick his job in college. Chances are, Kelly will be like every other genius in the NFL. Only as good as his quarterback. Ask Scott Pioli.

3. I would never dare say Bill Snyder’s run was over or doubt the man. He’ll embarrass you every time that way. But I thought Snyder looked a little sad last night, toward the end of the Fiesta Bowl. His team was outclassed, by an Oregon team that really didn’t look that inspired. Snyder couldn’t do anything for quarterback Collin Klein when the Ducks loaded the box, no vertical passing game to lean on, and KSU didn’t have a semblance of a hurry-up offense when they needed it. And they punted with seven minutes left. Snyder has spent his career being two moves ahead of most every coach he faced. Last night, he looked behind.

4. Good for Bill O’Brien. Good for Penn State. If they survive the NCAA sanctions, and come out victorious on the other side, they may build a statue of O’Brien in Happy Valley. Ok, maybe statues aren’t always the way to go.

5. Husker hoops coach Tim Miles is screaming for effort. I wonder how much effort he’s going to be able to get out of that thin roster. It’s only Jan. 4. Long way to go.

6. The emails and phone calls about the Cap One Bowl have finally subsided, and the more I think about that game, the more I see reasons for optimism next season. Nebraska had the lead and the SEC runner-up on the ropes. I did not predict that. That’s an offense that should play at the highest levels, on any field, next season. Now, about the defense. It will be injected with speed from youth out to prove themselves. I’d like to see Bo Pelini take off the reigns, dial down the thinking man’s defense and let the kids have fun. Go get the quarterback. Swarm the ball. That’s the Pelini that NU hired in 2008. I’ve heard a lot of negativity about the coaches and the program since Tuesday. That’s natural, that’s the impatience talking, that’s a lot of what the culture around Nebraska football has turned into. Yes, there are issues with the program, the consistency, the turnovers, development and recruiting. But I also saw a team on Tuesday that belonged in a high-level game and still hasn’t learned to close. Maybe you see what you want to see. I saw hope.

7. I’ve got Denver and Atlanta in the Super Bowl. Don’t ask me yet who will win. Depends on how many Papa John’s commercials I have to watch.

8. Prime time golf on TV tonight. Love prime time golf on TV. Wish there was more.

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