Kansas City Chiefs Rumors & News

Chiefs Add Another Defensive Coach

Back in 2008, Spagnuolo hired Shurmur as his offensive coordinator when he got the Rams head coaching job. The two also have history in the Andy Reid‘s coaching tree back when the now Chiefs head coach hired both coaches out of the college ranks.

Spagnuolo does have a track record of defensive success, and while this past season was more trying, the Giants unit was one of the best in football just two years ago. Based on the coaches’ history with one another, it appears that Spagnuolo has a good shot to retain his job. But if Shurmur does decide to go in a different direction, Dunleavy throws at names like Ohio State linebackers coach Bill Davis, Eagles linebackers coach Ken Flajole, Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and Chiefs linebackers coach Gary Gibbs that could make sense for the post.

  • Andy Reid is adding a new face to the Chiefs coaching staff for 2018. The team has hired Jay Valai as a defense quality control coach, reports Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star (Twitter link). Perez adds that Valai will also assist the either the Chief’s defensive back of linebacker group in addition to his primary duties.

Darrelle Revis Wants To Play In 2018

Darrelle Revis does not want to retire despite turning in another disappointing season, albeit an abbreviated one. The 32-year-old cornerback played in six Chiefs games, counting Kansas City’s first-round defeat, and is signed through 2018. However, the Chiefs are fairly certain to move on from him — at least, at his current rate. Revis is due $10MM at the start of the 2018 league year.

Revis, whose play Chiefs DC Bob Sutton called “pretty remarkable” considering he joined the team in late November, said he wants to be with a team throughout the offseason in 2018. He will turn 33 before training camps begin. He did not rule out a return to the Chiefs.

Chiefs Hire USC RBs Coach

  • The Chiefs made quick work of replacing since-promoted Eric Bieniemy as their running backs coach. They interviewed USC running backs coach Deland McCullough for the position on Thursday and will hire him, Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports. McCullough, 45, played for the Bengals and Eagles in the late 1990s and coached the likes of Tevin Coleman and Jordan Howard at Indiana during a six-year stay as the Hoosiers’ RBs boss. He coached at USC for one season.

Chiefs Interview USC Coach For RBs Job

  • Elsewhere in the RBs-coaching game, the Chiefs are interviewing USC running backs coach Deland McCullough for the job Eric Bieniemy vacated when he received a promotion to OC, per Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star (on Twitter). McCullough has coached the Trojans’ backs for one season but is better known for helping Indiana ball-carriers from 2011-16. Tevin Coleman and Jordan Howard thrived under McCullough’s tutelage in Bloomington.

Chiefs DT Chris Jones Has Torn MCL

Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones suffered a torn MCL in last Saturday’s playoff defeat and will be sidelined for eight-to-ten weeks, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (Twitter link). Now that Kansas City has been eliminated from the postseason, Jones won’t be forced to miss any game action, and his recovery timeline means he’ll be ready to go well ahead of organized team activities. Jones, the 37th overall selection in the 2016 draft, has been force during his two years with the Chiefs, and last season graded as the NFL’s No. 11 interior defender, per Pro Football Focus. He’s under contract through 2019.

NFL Reserve/Futures Contracts: 1/9/18

Here are the latest reserve/futures contract signings from around the NFL. These deals will go into effect on the first day of the 2018 league year, with players joining their respective clubs’ offseason 90-man rosters:

Carolina Panthers

Cleveland Browns

  • DL Collin Bevins

Kansas City Chiefs

New Orleans Saints

Oakland Raiders

  • DB Shaquille Richardson

Philadelphia Eagles

  • C Jon Toth

Washington Redskins

Chiefs Promote Eric Bieniemy To OC

The Chiefs have promoted running backs coach Eric Bieniemy to offensive coordinator, the club announced today. Bieniemy will replace Matt Nagy, who has moved on to become the new head coach of the Bears. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link) was the first to indicate a Bieniemy promotion was likely.Eric Bieniemy/Andy Reid (vertical)

Last year, the Chiefs ranked fifth in total offense under Nagy’s command. Bieniemy will be tasked with keeping the offense flowing, though it remains to be seen who his quarterback will be. The Chiefs could explore trades for Alex Smith, opening the door for young Patrick Mahomes III to take over.

Bieniemy, who enjoyed a nine-year playing career before entering the coaching ranks, has been with Kansas City since 2013. Prior to that, the 45-year-old served as the offensive coordinator at Colorado, so he does offer play-calling experience. Whether or not Bieniemy will actually call plays with the Chiefs — something head coach Andy Reid is known to do — is unknown.

As PFR’s 2018 Coordinator Tracker indicates, the Chiefs never considered any other candidates for their vacant OC job, as Bieniemy was said to have the “inside track” from the outset of the search.

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Favorite Emerges For Chiefs' OC Job

The Chiefs could promote running backs coach Eric Bieniemy to offensive coordinator, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com hears (on Twitter). Rapoport adds that he has “the inside track.” The vacancy opened up this weekend when Matt Nagy agreed to become the next head coach of the Bears.

Eric Bienemy Frontrunner To Be Chiefs' OC?

  • A possible favorite has already emerged to replace Matt Nagy as the Chiefs‘ OC. Running backs coach Eric Bieniemy will be “strongly considered,” Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. The 48-year-old Bienemy served as Colorado’s OC from 2011-12 and has coached the Chiefs’ running backs since Andy Reid‘s arrival in 2013. Bienemy could have a clearer path to this job with former K.C. OC Brad Childress planning to retire.

Chiefs’ Brad Childress Plans To Retire

The Chiefs’ initial plan to replace Doug Pederson was to name Brad Childress and Matt Nagy as co-offensive coordinators for the 2016 season. Less than two years later, both could be gone.

Nagy will leave to coach the Bears, and Childress plans to retire from the profession, NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero and James Palmer report (Twitter link).

Childress coached for 19 years in the NFL, most notably a five-season run as the Vikings’ HC from 2006-10, and had been with the Chiefs since 2013. The 61-year-old assistant has worked with Andy Reid in both Philadelphia and Kansas City, spending seven seasons (1999-2005) with the Eagles — including his last four as Philly’s OC.

The Chiefs could now be without both their top offensive assistants, with Childress’ 2017-season title being “assistant head coach,” and potentially Alex Smith a trade candidate. This would mark a significant change in Kansas City, which has seen Childress, Nagy and Smith play key roles for the franchise since Reid’s 2013 arrival.

Childress’ work with the Vikings resulted in two playoff seasons, including the franchise’s 2009 run to the NFC title game. He went 39-35 as a head coach. He also was the Browns’ OC in 2012 prior to coming to Kansas City.

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