Kansas City Chiefs new coach Andy Reid has filled out his coaching staff with new offensive and defensive coordinators and more.
Reid made the moves exactly a week after he was hired as the Chiefs new coach. He has thus far not retained any of the coaches on former coach Romeo Crennel's staff. Reid this week interviewed the coaches who had been on the 2012 staff, and some positions are still open.
Reid named former NFL quarterback and Eagles Quarterbacks Coach Doug Pederson the team's offensive coordinator and former Jets Assistant Coach Bob Sutton as the team's defensive coordinator. He also named his son, Britt, to his staff.
"Doug has been around the game a long time, and he has great vision," Reid said in a written statement. "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, WA, Pederson attended Northeast Louisiana, where he played quarterback (1987-90). He and his wife, Jeannie, have three sons, Drew, Josh and Joel.
"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."
Pederson said he is excited about the opportunity.
He said he knows Chiefs Quarterback Matt Cassel's history and that he's done some "nice things" in New England and Kansas City.
"It's something we want to evaluate and study it hard this season," Pederson said about the starting quarterback situation. "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."
Pederson said he and Reid haven't discussed who will call the plays during the game, but he said if Reid chooses to call the plays that it worked well in Green Bay when Mike Holmgreen was head coach.
"If it works, it works well. The two definitely have to be on the same page and to anticipate the next call based on the situation," Pederson said. "You just kind of stay out of the way, but there are times when you make suggestions and go from there."
Working with Reid and controlling the offense were the most appealing parts of the opportunity, Pederson said.
"He's always been a mentor, a teacher, a mentor of mine, and a guy that I have great respect for," Reid said.
He said he looked forward to working with great coordinators and play callers in Kansas City "into using the strength of your players and allow their talent and allow their personality to shine on the football field."
He said the bottom line, especially for the quarterback, "is just winning the football game."
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 seasons 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.
Other coaching staff hires for the 2013 season 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," 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."
Chiefs owner Andy Reid has not named the general manager, but it's widely thought to be John Dorsey, an executive with the Green Bay Packers, which have a playoff game this weekend.
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