Chiefs coaching staff falling into place
As previously reported, Andy Reid hired former Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Doug Pederson and ex-New York Jets assistant head coach/linebackers coach Bob Sutton (as defensive coordinator) to come over and work for his with the Kansas City Chiefs. Andy Reid also brought along a majority of his coaching staff from last season, after he was relieved from 14-years of coaching the Philadelphia Eagles.
Andy Reid announced Matt Nagy as the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback coach, after he spent the past two seasons as Philadelphia Eagles quality control coach. David Culley and Tom Melvin also hitched the wagon with Andy Reid as assistant head coach/wide receivers coach and tight ends coach respectively. Andy Reid has such immense trust in his former coaching staff that he brought along former Philadelphia Eagles head strength and conditioning coach Barry Rubin and his assistant Travis Crittenden to Kansas City as well. Newly assigned Kansas City Chiefs defensive line coach Tommy Brasher is also an old face from Philadelphia.
Other members of Andy Reid’s recently assembled coaching staff include Eric Bieniemy as running backs coach and Mike Frazier as statistical analysis coordinator. Both, former Philadelphia Eagles coaching staff member Corey Matthaei as well as Andy Reid’s son Britt have found themselves again under Reid’s wings as quality control coaches with the Kansas City Chiefs.
“I'm pleased we were able to get all of these coaches on board. I have relationships with each of them, and I know their past experiences, work ethics and coaching styles,” Andy Reid said of his new coaching staff. “These are high-character coaches, and each one brings something different to the table."
Doug Pederson packs both NFL coaching and playing experience as a retired 12-year quarterback, mostly for the Green Bay Packers. He briefly played for Andy Reid when the coach was initially hired by the Philadelphia Eagles. The 44-year-old Doug Pederson later returned after retirement in 2004 to take on diverse roles on Reid’s coaching staff, most recently spending time as quarterbacks coach.
"Doug has been around the game a long time, and he has great vision,” praised Andy Reid. “As a former player in this league, he sees the game from a different perspective, and that will be a great benefit for our players. He has a knack for developing talent."
Doug Pederson will have a lot on his plate, attempting to turnaround an offense that ranked at as NFL’s worst last season, led on by quarterbacks Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn. There will be an open competition for the starting spot this season while draft, trade and free agency also remain an option.
Meanwhile Bob Sutton had been on the New York Jets coaching staff since 2000, mixing up his role over the course of time.
"Bob is a creative coach that is going to give our defense a variety of looks and packages," stated Andy Reid. "He has a lot of experience and is well respected across the league."