Chiefs hire Emmitt Thomas as coach

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Emmitt Thomas, a Hall of Fame cornerback for Kansas City's Super Bowl teams in the late 1960s, is returning to the Kansas City Chiefs as defensive backs coach.

Thomas played cornerback for the Chiefs from 1966-78 and is still their all-time leader with 58 interceptions.

A five-time Pro Bowler, Thomas was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008. He spent the past eight years as an assistant coach with Atlanta.

He was the Falcons' interim head coach for the final three games in 2007. Before that, he was defensive coordinator for Minnesota, Green Bay and Philadelphia.

The Chiefs also announced Monday that they have added Bernie Parmalee as tight ends coach, and Otis Smith as head of defensive quality control.