Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com reports that the Kansas City Chiefs and head coach Andy Reid are close to inking a deal that would name quarterbacks coach Doug Pederson as the team's offensive coordinator.
Hearing that doug pederson is in kc to finalize deal to become #chiefs offensive coordinator. Just landed so not sure if out there— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) January 10, 2013
Pederson, who spent the past four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles (formerly as the club's offensive quality control coach before being promoted to quarterbacks coach), was a journeyman quarterback throughout the league from 1991 until his retirement in 2004.
While the potential offensive coordinator hire will demand the majority of headlines, the Chiefs look to be closing in on adding another pivotal member of the coaching staff: the trainer.
As Howard Eskin of Fox 29 in Philadelphia reported, the Chiefs parted ways with their trainer on Monday.
Eskin (@howardeskin) January 7, 2013
And as predicted, the services of Eagles head athletic trainer, Rick Burkholder, appear to be shadowing Reid to Kansas City.
Off to see Coach Reid! twitter.com/proatc/status/…— Rick Burkholder (@proatc) January 9, 2013
The news will likely cause a few ears to perk up around Kansas City, considering that the injury bug has feasted on the Chiefs roster throughout the past two seasons.
As many Kansas Citians will recall, the team's final exhibition of 2011 ended with tight end Tony Moeaki tearing his ACL and being placed on injured reserve. Moeaki's injury sparked a snowballing trend, as safety Eric Berry and running back Jamaal Charles suffered the same season-ending fate in subsequent weeks.
2012 proved to be much like the year before it, as 11 Chiefs players eventually graced the injured reserve list.
There is no (apparent) correlation between Kansas City's recent outbreak of crippling injuries and the team's strength and conditioning program. However, the organization seems intent on clearing the house and its slate.
On the heels of a 2-14 season, too much change is never enough.