Chiefs' Reid Hires Heck To Coach Offensive Line

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Andy Reid is putting the final touches on his first coaching staff in Kansas City, hiring former Jaguars offensive line coach Andy Heck to fulfill the same duty with the Chiefs.

Reid also announced Wednesday that Kevin O'Dea will be an assistant special teams coach.

Heck will work closely with Reid, who intends to call plays in Kansas City, and new offensive coordinator Doug Pederson. Heck has spent 22 seasons as a coach in the NFL, including the past nine working with the offensive line in Jacksonville.

Heck played 12 seasons in the NFL for Washington, Chicago and Seattle.

O'Dea will be reunited with Dave Toub, who was hired as the Chiefs' special teams coach on Tuesday. O'Dea worked with Toub for four years in Chicago.

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Chiefs release:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Wednesday two additions to Head Coach Andy Reid’s 2013 coaching staff.

Kansas City named Andy Heck the team’s offensive line coach and Kevin O’Dea the club’s assistant special teams coach.

“We are pleased to announce the addition of two more good football coaches to our staff. With Andy and Kevin we have added two experienced leaders to the group,” Reid said. “We are close to having the full staff in place which will allow us the opportunity to all get ready for the 2013 season.”

NEWCOMERS

Andy Heck (Offensive Line) – Heck enters his first season with the Chiefs as the team’s offensive line coach. He is beginning his 22nd overall season in the NFL and his 10th season as an NFL assistant coach. Heck joins the Chiefs after a nine-year stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2004-12). He spent the past seven seasons as Jacksonville’s offensive line coach (2006-12) after serving as assistant offensive line coach (2005) and originally joining the Jaguars staff as the offensive assistant/assistant offensive line coach (2004). Prior to joining Jacksonville, Heck served three seasons on the University of Virginia coaching staff, first as a graduate assistant (2001-02) and then as tight ends coach (2003). Before joining the collegiate coaching ranks, Heck played offensive line for 12 seasons in the NFL. He Played for Washington (1999-2000), Chicago (1994-98) and Seattle (1989-93). Heck was drafted with the 15th overall pick of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. A 1989 graduate of Notre Dame, he was a first-team All-America selection that co-captained the Fighting Irish to the 1988 national championship with an undefeated 12-0 record. He played tight end for three seasons at Notre Dame before moving to tackle for his final season.

Kevin O’Dea (Assistant Special Teams) – O’Dea begins his first season with Kansas City as the Chiefs assistant special teams coach. He spent four years in the same role for the Chicago Bears in two different stints with the club (2006-07 and 2011-12). Between his two stops in Chicago he served as special teams coordinator for the New York Jets (2008-09). Prior to his first tour in Chicago, O’Dea served as special teams coach for Arizona (2004-05), special teams assistant for Detroit (2002-03), offensive/defensive assistant for Tampa Bay (1996-01), and defensive/special teams assistant for San Diego (1994-95). He served as assistant strength/defensive line/linebackers coach at Penn State (1992-93) after starting there as a graduate assistant (1991). He was a graduate assistant at Virginia (1989-90) and had one year stints at Cornell (1987) and his alma mater, Lock Haven University (1986). A native of Williamsport, Pa., O’Dea played wide receiver and defensive back at Lock Haven (1984-85).


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