While in transit to Denver on Friday, the Kansas City Chiefs made several expected coaching hires official.
Andy Reid’s new staff is near complete. There was no surprise in the announcement. Former Eagles’ quarterbacks coach Doug Pederson is the offensive coordinator and former Jets’ linebacker coach Bob Sutton is the defensive coordinator. Sutton -- the most important hire on this staff in my mind -- had a two-year stint as the Jets’ defensive coordinator in 2006-08.
Here are the rest of the new Kansas City staff members: Eric Bieniemy (running backs), Tommy Brasher (defensive line), Travis Crittenden (assistant strength and conditioning), David Culley (assistant head coach/wide receivers), Mike Frazier (statistical analysis coordinator), Corey Matthaei (quality control), Tom Melvin (tight ends), Matt Nagy (quarterbacks), Britt Reid (quality control) and Barry Rubin (head strength and conditioning).
Reid has great familiarity with this staff. All but Sutton, Bieniemy and Reid’s son, Britt, were on the Eagles’ staff last season.
The Chiefs are also expected to hire former Minnesota head coach and former Eagles’ offensive coordinator Brad Childress in a role and veteran George Warhop to coach the offensive line.
Pederson played for Reid in Green Bay and has coached for him. Reid clearly trusts him. Pederson is a young coach, but because Reid and Childress will be on the staff, Pederson should be fine.
In a conference call with media Friday, Pederson said he and Reid have not discussed who will call the plays. But if it is Reid (there’s a good chance of it, I’d say), Pederson seems onboard.
“It worked tremendously in Green Bay when I was there as a player,” Pederson said. “Mike Holmgren called the plays; Sherm Lewis was the offensive coordinator. Even my first year in Philadelphia as a player, Coach Reid called the plays and Rod Dowhower was the coordinator. If it works, it works well. The two definitely have to be on the same page. That’s something that Coach Reid and I will discuss as we get into this offseason, especially as we get closer to the season.”
While Reid has a handle on the offense, the Kansas City defense will be Sutton’s charge. Reid’s defenses in Philadelphia faltered in recent years and was a big reason why he is no longer the coach there. Sutton doesn’t have a ton of coordinator experience, but he is valued coach and he’s worked with some good defensive minds.
Expect the Chiefs to continue to use the 3-4 defense because that is what the unit is best suited for. This group has potential and it is Sutton’s job to get the best out of it.