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Tomahawks and Touchdowns: 2018 Chiefs Coaching Staff

The Kansas City Chiefs have had one of the most stable coaching staffs over the last few years. Andy Reid has been the head coach since 2013 and many of the coordinators and position coaches have either stayed or been promoted around the league. Next season the Chiefs will look a little different at key positions.

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Andy Reid will return for his sixth season with the Chiefs. He has a record of 53-27 as Chiefs head coach. The Chiefs have reached the playoffs in four of his five seasons. Despite their success in the regular season the Chiefs have struggled in the playoffs under Reid. The Chiefs are 1-4 in the playoffs since 2013. Next season will be the first time Alex Smith is not the starting quarterback for the Chiefs in the Reid era. Andy Reid has a good history of developing quarterbacks and the development of Patrick Mahomes will have a big impact on the success of the franchise in the future.

Image result for bob sutton chiefsBob Sutton will be the Chiefs defensive coordinator again next season. Sutton joined the Chiefs when Reid was hired in 2013. Before joining the Chiefs Sutton held various defensive positions, including defensive coordinator, with the New York Jets from 2000-2012. Bob Sutton will have a tough task this season with the departures of Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson and Marcus Peters. The Chiefs success next season will depend on the coaching of Sutton. The offense is expected to score a lot and the defense will need to keep the team in games.Image result for eric bieniemy chiefs

The Chiefs will have a new offensive coordinator after the Chicago Bears hired former offensive coordinator Matt Nagy to be the head coach. It was the second time in three years a Chiefs offensive coordinator was named a head coach of another team, Doug Pederson was named the Philadelphia Eagles head coach in 2016. Running backs coach Eric Bieniemy was named offensive coordinator. Bieniemy was the Chiefs running backs coach from 2013-2017. He was also a player for Andy Reid on the 1999 Eagles. However their first meeting was in 1990 when Bieniemy was a running back for the Colorado Buffalos and Reid was an offensive coordinator for the Missouri Tigers. Colorado won the game on the infamous 5th down play. The controversial victory helped them clinch a share of the 1990 National Championship. Eric Bieniemy has a long history with Andy Reid and it will be interesting to see how he does as offensive coordinator.

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