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Chiefs Announce Several Assistant Coaching Hires

Posted: 2:48 PM Jan 11, 2013
Reporter: DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Andy Reid is wasting about as much time putting together his first coaching staff in Kansas City as he did in finding his new job.

The Chiefs coach announced Friday that former Eagles coach Doug Peterson would be his offensive coordinator and longtime Jets assistant Bob Sutton the defensive coordinator, along with the majority of the staff Reid hopes will turn around a 2-14 franchise.

The moves come one week after Reid was hired by the Chiefs to replace the fired Romeo Crennel, and less than two weeks after he was dismissed following 14 seasons with the Eagles.

Reid announced that Matt Nagy will coach the Chiefs' quarterbacks after two seasons as the Eagles' offensive quality control coach. Eric Bieniemy will work with running backs, Tom Melvin the tight ends, and David Culley will be an assistant head coach and work with wide receivers.

Reid has not announced an offensive line coach. Tommy Brasher will work with the defensive line, but Reid has not announced coaches for linebackers, defensive backs or special teams.

''I'm pleased we were able to get all of these coaches on board,'' Reid said. ''I have relationships with each of them, and I know their past experiences, work ethics and coaching styles. These are high-character coaches, and each one brings something different to the table.''

Pederson spent 12 seasons playing quarterback in the NFL, most of them with Green Bay. But he started the first part of the 1999 season for Philadelphia, when Reid has just been hired. He then helped tutor Donovan McNabb, the Eagles' second overall pick in the draft.

Pederson retired in 2004 and began his coaching career, spending two years as Reid's quality control coach and the past two seasons working with the Eagles' quarterbacks.

''Doug has been around the game a long time, and he has great vision,'' Reid said. ''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.''

Pederson will inherit an offense that was among the NFL's worst last season with quarterbacks Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn. Pederson and Reid both said they'll examine the QB options already on the roster, but they'll also consider free agency, the trade market and using their No. 1 pick in the draft on upgrading the position.

''It's something I've studied the last few days, ever since Coach Reid and I talked about coming in,'' Pederson said on a conference call with reporters.

''It's a very talented group. It could be an explosive group,'' he said. ''There's some weapons there on offense. Very similar to the circumstances we had this past year in Philadelphia.''

Sutton will take over a defense that fared only slightly better than the Chiefs' offense.

A longtime college coach, Sutton spent nine seasons as the coach of Army before spending the past 13 seasons with the Jets. He was their linebackers coach from 2000-05, defensive coordinator for three years and senior defensive assistant and linebackers coach for two years. He spent the past season as Rex Ryan's assistant head coach.

''Bob is a creative coach that is going to give our defense a variety of looks and packages,'' Reid said. ''He has a lot of experience and is well respected across the league.''

Bieniemy has spent the past two seasons as offensive coordinator at his alma mater, Colorado. Melvin, Culley and Brasher all spent time with Reid in Philadelphia.

Reid also announced that Barry Rubin would serve as the Chiefs' head strength coach and Travis Crittenden would be his assistant. Reid's son, Britt Reid, and Corey Matthaei will be in charge of quality control, and Mike Frazier will be their statistical analysis coordinator.


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CHIEFS NAME DOUG PEDERSON OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR



KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Friday that the club has named former NFL quarterback and Eagles Quarterbacks Coach Doug Pederson the team’s offensive coordinator.



“Doug has been around the game a long time, and he has great vision,” Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid said. “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, and he’s a good communicator. Doug is ready for this position.”



Pederson joins the Chiefs as the club’s offensive coordinator after four seasons with Philadelphia. He served as the club’s quarterbacks coach from 2011-12 and was the Eagles offensive quality control coach from 2009-10. While tutoring the Eagles signal callers in 2011, the Eagles offense set franchise records with 6,386 yards and 356 first downs. In 2010, Pederson was part of a record-setting offensive output as the team set franchise records in points scored (439), total net yards (6,230), and yards per rushing attempt (5.4). Prior to his stint with the Eagles, he served as head coach for Calvary Baptist Academy (2005-08).



A 12-year NFL veteran, Pederson played quarterback for the Miami Dolphins (1993-94), served two stints with the Green Bay Packers (1995-98 and 2001-04), played for the Philadelphia Eagles (1999) and Cleveland Browns (2000). His best season came with the Eagles in 1999 under then-Head Coach Andy Reid. During his playing career, Pederson backed up Dan Marino, Brett Favre and Donovan McNabb. Born in Bellingham, Wash., Pederson attended Northeast Louisiana where he played quarterback (1987-90). He and his wife, Jeannie, have three sons, Drew, Josh and Joel.



CHIEFS NAME BOB SUTTON DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR



The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Friday that the club has named former Jets assistant coach Bob Sutton the team’s defensive coordinator.



“Bob is a creative coach that is going to give our defense a variety of looks and packages,” Reid said. “He has a lot of experience and is well respected across the league. Bob has a high football IQ and knows how to get the most out of his players.”



Entering his 14th NFL season, Sutton joins the Chiefs after spending his first 13 seasons with the New York Jets in various roles. Most recently, he served as the Jets Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Coach in 2012. From 2009-11 he was the club’s senior defensive assistant/linebackers coach. Sutton was the club’s defensive coordinator from 2006-08 and originally joined the Jets as the linebackers coach (2000-05).



As a defensive coordinator with the New York Jets, Sutton’s 2008 unit was ranked near the top of the NFL in rushing defense (94.9) and yards per rush allowed (3.7), the Jets best statistical showing since 1993. The Jets recorded a franchise-record five defensive touchdowns. His defense registered 41 sacks and 30 takeaways.



In 2005 as the club’s linebackers coach, LB Jonathan Vilma earned his first Pro Bowl appearance after he finished with an NFL-leading 187 tackles. Vilma was voted AP’s NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2004 and the Jets finished the season fourth in the NFL in fewest points allowed with 261 and fifth against the run, holding opponents to 97.9 rushing yards per game.



Prior to his time with the Jets, Sutton spent nine years as the head coach at Army (1991-99) and achieved remarkable success, including guiding the Cadets to just their fourth bowl appearance. Nine seasons placed him second in tenure at Army, trailing only the legendary Earl “Red” Blaik, who guided the Cadets for 18 seasons. He was named the head coach at Army after spending eight season’s as one of the school’s assistant coaches (1983-90).



Before his stint at Army, he served as the running backs coach at North Carolina State under Monte Kiffin in 1982, two tours at Western Michigan (1980-81 and 1975-76), serving first as defensive coordinator and later as offensive coordinator. He also served as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Illinois (1977-79).



In 1974, he earned his first full-time coaching spot as the linebackers coach at Syracuse. His initial opportunity came as a graduate assistant at Michigan (1972-73) for Bo Schembechler. He earned a degree in physical education at Eastern Michigan.



Sutton and his wife, Debbie, have two children, son Andrew and daughter Sarah. They also have a granddaughter, Molly.



CHIEFS ANNOUNCE COACHING STAFF HIRES



The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Friday several coaching staff hires for the 2013 season. Newcomers to the staff include:



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).



“I’m pleased we were able to get all of these coaches on board,” Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid said. “I have relationships with each of them, and I know their past experiences, work ethics and coaching styles. These are high-character coaches, and each one brings something different to the table for us.”



NEWCOMERS



Eric Bieniemy (Running Backs) – Bieniemy enters his first season with the Chiefs as the team’s running backs coach after a two-year stint at the University of Colorado where he served as the offensive coordinator/running backs coach. Prior to returning to his alma mater in 2011, he spent five seasons (2006-10) in Minnesota coaching the Vikings running backs. He was part of a Vikings team that won consecutive NFC North Division titles in 2008-09. In those five seasons, the Vikings produced a 1,000-yard rusher each year while his stable of running backs broke the 100-yard mark 31 times in 80 regular season games. Prior to coaching in Minnesota, he coached at UCLA (2003-05), Colorado (2001-02) and Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver, Colo. (2000).



Bieniemy was an All-American tailback for the Buffaloes (1987-90). He originally entered the NFL as the San Diego Chargers second-round pick in the 1991 NFL draft. He enjoyed a nine-year pro career with three teams: San Diego (1991-94), Cincinnati (1995-98) and Philadelphia (1999) under Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid.



Tommy Brasher (Defensive Line) – Beginning his 25th year as an NFL coach, Brasher was named Kansas City’s defensive line coach after three separate tours of duty in Philadelphia, all as the club’s defensive line coach. He rejoined the Eagles’ coaching staff as defensive line coach on Dec. 3, 2012 for his ninth year with the team. Prior to rejoining the Eagles, he spent seven years tutoring the defensive linemen in Philadelphia (1999-05). He held the same role with the Eagles during the 1985 season on then-Head Coach Marion Campbell’s staff. In his inaugural year with Philadelphia in 1985, DEs Greg Brown and rookie Reggie White each recorded 13.0 sacks apiece.



Prior to joining the Eagles in 1999, Brasher served as the defensive line coach in Seattle (1992-98), Tampa Bay (1990) and Atlanta (1986-89). His first NFL coaching experience came with New England as he coached the defensive line for three seasons (1982-84). Prior to becoming an NFL coach, Brasher coached the defensive line at Southern Methodist University (1977-81) and was defensive coordinator at Northeast Louisiana (1974, 1976) and the Shreveport Steamer of the World Football League (1975). He coached the defensive line and linebackers at Virginia Tech (1971) and served as a defensive assistant for his alma mater, Arkansas, in 1970. Brasher was an all-conference selection as a linebacker at Arkansas (1962-63), where he was a teammate of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and former Dolphins and Cowboys Head Coach Jimmy Johnson.



Travis Crittenden (Assistant Strength & Conditioning) – Crittenden enters his first season with the Chiefs after spending the 2012 season as a strength and conditioning assistant for the Philadelphia Eagles. Prior to entering the NFL, he served as the director of football operations and general manager of Competitive Edge Sports in Atlanta, Ga., for eight years (2004-11) where he led professional athletes through offseason training and also prepared collegiate football players for the NFL Combine and pro days. He also was an advisor at Speedworx Sports and a director of sports performance at 360 Football Academy. A Wichita Falls, Texas, native, he played football at Fork Union Military Academy (1999-00) before finishing his collegiate career at Virginia Military Institute (2000-03).



David Culley (Assistant Head Coach/Wide Receivers) – Entering his 20th season coaching in the NFL, Culley embarks on his first season as the Chiefs assistant head coach/wide receivers coach after coaching 14 campaigns in Philadelphia as wide receivers coach (1999-10) and senior offensive assistant/wide receivers coach (2011-12) for Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid. Culley originally joined the Eagles after a three-year stint as the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers coach (1996-98). His initial NFL coaching experience came with a two-year stay as the wide receivers coach for Tampa Bay (1994-95). A native of Sparta, Tenn., Culley was recruited by Bill Parcells as a quarterback at Vanderbilt University. He then broke into the coaching ranks overseeing the running backs at Austin Peay University (1978). Culley then returned to Vanderbilt to coach the wide receivers (1979-81). He had a series of one-year stops at Middle Tennessee State, Tennessee-Chattanooga, and Western Kentucky before spending four years as quarterbacks coach at Southwestern Louisiana. Culley jumped to the University of Texas-El Paso for a two-year stint as the offensive coordinator/running backs/wide receivers coach (1989-90) before joining the staff at Texas A&M to coach the wide receivers (1991-93). He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in health and physical education.



Mike Frazier (Statistical Analysis Coordinator) – Frazier enters his first season with the Chiefs as the statistical analysis coordinator after a nine-year stint in the same capacity for the Philadelphia Eagles. Frazier attended Wooster College (1999-03) and was hired by the Eagles upon graduation after completing internships with Smith Barney and Wachovia Securities as an undergrad.



Corey Matthaei (Quality Control) – Matthaei joins the Chiefs as one of the club’s quality control coaches. He most recently served three seasons under Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles as the assistant to the head coach from 2010-12. From 2008-09, Matthaei was a coaching assistant for the Eagles and spent 2006-07 as the club’s football operations assistant for training camp. Prior to joining Philadelphia, Matthaei played on the offensive line at Willamette University in Salem, Ore. (2003-06). After graduation, he served as Willamette’s offensive assistant in 2007.



Tom Melvin (Tight Ends) – Melvin becomes the Chiefs tight ends coach after coaching 14 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. In his final 11 seasons with Philadelphia, Melvin coached the team’s tight ends (2002-12) after serving as the team’s offensive assistant/quality control coach for his first three years. Under Melvin’s tutelage, Eagles TE Brent Celek emerged as one of the top tight ends in the NFL, catching 280 passes for 3,473 yards and 20 TDs in six years playing for Melvin and the Eagles. Melvin played on the offensive line at San Francisco State (1982-83) for Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid for one season (1983) while Reid served as offensive line coach for San Francisco State. Prior to joining the Eagles in 1999, Melvin was offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Occidental College (1991-98) and served as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at the University of California – Santa Barbara (1988-90). He oversaw the running backs, offensive line and tight ends at Northern Arizona (1986-87) after he began his coaching career at his alma mater, San Francisco State (1984-85), as a graduate assistant.



Matt Nagy (Quarterbacks) – Entering his third season in the NFL, Nagy was hired as Kansas City’s quarterbacks coach after serving the previous two seasons as the Philadelphia Eagles offensive quality control coach. Before being promoted to Philadelphia’s offensive quality control coach in 2011, Nagy served as a coaching assistant during the 2010 season after spending the 2008 and 2009 training camps as a coaching intern for the Eagles. A former quarterback for the Arena Football League, Nagy played six seasons for the New York Dragons (2002), Carolina Cobras (2004), Georgia Force (2005-06) and Columbus Destroyers (2007-08). During his AFL career, Nagy completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 18,866 yards, 374 touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 115.1. He played collegiately at Delaware, setting more than 20 career passing records at the time, still holding career marks for passing yards (8,214) and touchdowns (58). He ranks second for most career attempts (895) and most career completions (502) behind former Delaware and current Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco. Nagy earned All-America honors as a senior for the Blue Hens.



Britt Reid (Quality Control) – Reid enters his first season in the NFL after spending three seasons with the Temple University Owls. At Temple, Reid served as a graduate assistant, working with the offensive side of the ball after a two-year stint as an offensive assistant while he completed his degree. In addition to his three years at Temple, Reid has worked the Steve Addazio football camp for the past two years and in 2008, he served as an assistant offensive line coach at St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia. He got his first taste of NFL experience as a training camp coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009. Reid is the son of Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid.



Barry Rubin (Head Strength & Conditioning) – Rubin enters his first season with the Chiefs after serving the previous three seasons in the same capacity in Philadelphia (2010-12). Prior to being promoted to the Eagles head strength and conditioning coach position in 2010, he was an assistant for two years (2008-09). Before his move to Philadelphia, he spent seven years as the head strength and conditioning coach (1999-2005) and four years as an assistant (1995-98) for the Green Bay Packers. During his tenure in Green Bay, the Packers earned six division titles, two NFC championship titles and one Super Bowl victory under Head Coach Mike Holmgren. He also served as the strength coach at Northeast Louisiana (1982-83, 1987-90 and 1994) and LSU (1984-85). Rubin was inducted into the USA Strength and Conditioning Coaches Hall of Fame in 2003. He was a tight end and punter at Northwestern (La.) State from 1978-80 after playing running back and punter at LSU from 1976-77.

QUOTES FROM OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR DOUG PEDERSON: CHIEFS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR DOUG PEDERSON
CONFERENCE CALL QUOTES
JAN. 11, 2013

Q: How ready do you feel for this next step for you here?

PEDERSON: “This goes back to my playing days, being around great coaches in the past. I go back to Mike Holmgren, Sherm Lewis back there in Green Bay, coach Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg both coached me in Green Bay. I lean heavily on those days and what I learned within the last four years being involved with Coach Reid and Offensive Coordinator Marty Monhinweg being involved with game planning and how the offense operates and, of course, the last two years coaching the quarterbacks has given me this opportunity to take the next step, and that’s to coordinate. I’m excited about this challenge. I look forward to the upcoming season and especially this offseason.”

Q: What do you know about the offensive personnel here?

PEDERSON: “That’s something I’ve studies the last couple of days ever since Coach Reid and I talked about coming in. I think it’s a talented group. It can be an explosive group. There are some great weapons there on offense, very similar to the circumstances that we had in Philadelphia this past year. We’re just looking forward to getting in there as a staff, studying the guys that we have, putting our guys in the best position to be successful on the football field and going from there. I like the guys that we have, the guys I’ve seen on film and I think it can be a good group.”

Q: Do you have a quarterback you can play with?

PEDERSON: “I want to get in there and study those guys. Just a few years ago, I know what Matt Cassel has done in his past, and I know he was an 11-game winner in New England. He won 10 games for Kansas City a few years back and the AFC West title, so he’s done some nice things. It’s something we want to evaluate and study it hard this season. I want to look at that and see if the right guy is there on the roster, and if we have to find somebody to come in, we find somebody to come in. But we will give our guys every opportunity to compete for that spot.”

Q: What do you know about Bob Sutton? Have you guys crossed paths?

PEDERSON: “Just playing against him and being on the offensive side against him, I know they ran multiple packages while he was at the Jets. That’s something that definitely can confuse and try to cause confusion especially when you get into some third down situations with different personnel groups. That’s what we’ve seen from them in the past. We’ve played them every year in preseason, and we’ve seen a lot different things from him. I know what his defense is capable of doing. I’m very excited to havehim on board, and I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Q: Do you know who will call the plays?

PEDERSON: “We haven’t discussed that yet.”

Q: Can you describe the dynamic of having an offensive coordinator yet the head coach calls the plays?

PEDERSON: “It worked tremendously in Green Bay when I was there as a player. 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.”

Q: How does it work logistically during a game?

PEDERSON: “You mainly stay out of the play caller’s way, and you let him go. He has to have total feel for the game. That’s how it was even as a quarterbacks coach for myself and being on the same page with the play caller and anticipating the call. That’s where it has to be. You have to think alike. That’s what you get your quarterbacks to do. You get your quarterbacks to think on the same page and to anticipate the next call based on the situation. You just kind of stay out of the way, but there are times when you make suggestions and go from there.”

Q: How much has the west coast offense grown?

PEDERSON: “There is still the core values and the core principles, and the basic fundamentals that we teach off of in every OTA and every training camp. Of course, during the season you get into game plan weeks, and you use the same concepts, but you may disguise it a little bit with formations and shifts. That’s always been the west coast style, more the formations; more of the motions of the shifts, but still use the core and the fundamentals for both. It’s always been a progression offense, a play-action pass offense. Over the last couple of years, the system in Philadelphia, we’ve evolved. A lot of teams are one back teams, and now in the National Football League, a lot of shotgun, but you can still do a lot of the same run schemes, play-action pass schemes in the shotgun as well as under center. A lot of the same values and principles are there, and you just teach off of that.”

Q: What was the most appealing thing about this job?

PEDERSON: “Well, honestly, a chance to continue with Coach Reid. He’s always been a mentor, a teacher, and a mentor of mine, and a guy that I have great respect for. That was number one. And then an opportunity to control an offense and bring the expertise of watching these great coordinators and play-callers that I’ve been associated with and how they’ve molded and shaped this offense into using the strength of your players and allow their talent and allow their personality to shine on the football field. I’m excited about that opportunity and getting there and working with these guys here the next couple of months.”

Q: You’ve played quarterback in the league and coached quarterbacks in the league. Has the position of quarterback become more important in the past decade?

PEDERSON: “It has. It’s evolved. It’s becoming a thinking-man’s game. The defenses are getting more complex. You have to have a quarterback that can manage not only the run-game, but the pass-game, be able to check protections and get you from a run to a pass or a pass to a run, and it’s evolved that way. And you’ve got to have a guy that can definitely pull the trigger. The bottom line is, when you’re playing the position of quarterback, bottom line is winning the football game. However that is done, that’s what you look at and I think that’s the most important thing when it comes to a quarterback is just winning the football game. It has evolved and that’s something that I mentioned earlier we’ll look at this offseason hard and make the right decision for the Chiefs.”

Q: Would you be an advocate with numbers both in the draft and free agency?

PEDERSON: “I think so. I think you have to look at all of it. You start with your current roster, obviously dive into that and evaluate your personnel that you have and then you look at the free agents that are going to be out there, obviously take a look at those. And then you get on later in the spring into the draft, obviously starting with the Senior Bowl coming up in a week or two and then building right into the draft. So you look at all three components and then come away with the best candidate for the position.”

Q: How long do you think you’ve been ready to make the jump to offensive coordinator and how long have you been waiting for this chance?

PEDERSON: “Well, it’s a short track record. You only look at four years in the National Football League, but I even go back even further into my playing days, my last couple of days in Green Bay when I was there with Brett Favre and I had an opportunity to kind of be a – not a play-caller – but a play-suggester. To be able to talk to Brett and to analyze the game from the sideline, that’s always been my role, that’s especially the role of a backup quarterback. Then really the last four years, again, working with Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg and the guys in Philadelphia, having that opportunity to be involved with the game plan has been very beneficial. And then of course being on the same page with the play-caller I feel like has put me in good position now to take the next step and be the coordinator.”




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