Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid wanted assurance that he would be given the power to make executive decisions: control over player transactions, choosing a general manager, assembling his own coaching staff, etc.
The team confirmed whispers of ex-Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Doug Pederson signing on as Kansas City's offensive coordinator:
Chiefs Hire Doug Pederson as Offensive Coordinator - chfs.me/VYtlXd—Kansas City Chiefs (@kcchiefs) January 11, 2013
The Chiefs then filled the team's remaining coordinator vacancy, announcing the hiring of ex-New York Jets linebackers coach Bob Sutton:
Chiefs Name Bob Sutton as Defensive Coordinator - chfs.me/UcbBJ3—Kansas City Chiefs (@kcchiefs) January 11, 2013
The pair of coordinators will be promoted from positional coaching duties with their old clubs, but they certainly meet the qualifications for becoming coordinators.
Offensive Coordinator: Doug Pederson
Pederson began his professional coaching career in 2009 as the Eagles' offensive quality control coach. He graduated and served as the team's quarterbacks coach for the past two seasons.
The Eagles' offensive line woes—only one opening-day starter wasn't sidelined by Week 10—laid a shaky foundation for a passing game that wilted at times this past season, as often-crippled quarterback Michael Vick ran half marathons while scrambling for his football life during drop-backs.
The offensive line had enjoyed better health in 2011, and Vick aired it out for 3,303 yards in just 13 games. As a whole, the Eagles passing game ranked eighth in the NFL, scoring 24.8 points per game.
Pederson relayed that he had been studying the Chiefs offense since Reid had inquired about his interest in the coordinator opportunity.
He stated that Kansas City's collection of playmakers had a chance to become an "explosive group." Pederson expanded on his belief, stating, "There's some weapons there on offense. Very similar to the circumstances we had this past year in Philadelphia." (via ESPN)
Defensive Coordinator: Bob Sutton
Sutton had served various roles—including defensive coordinator—with the Jets since joining in 2000. Whether Reid transitions to a 4-3 scheme (as he is expected to) or stays with Kansas City's current 3-4 defense, Sutton will have a collection of Pro Bowl-caliber linebackers at his disposal in Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson and Justin Houston.
And the Chiefs' new defensive guru knows a thing or two about maximizing linebacker talent: In 2005, then-Jets linebacker Jonathan Vilma headlined as the team's premiere defensive talent, leading the NFL with 169 tackles. Another Jets inside linebacker, David Harris, led the 2010 NFL playoffs with 30 tackles, despite his team playing one fewer postseason contest than the Super Bowl champions Green Bay Packers.
In Sutton's last season as defensive coordinator, the Jets defense allowed 329.4 yards per game. By comparison, the 2012 Chiefs defense was roasted for 356.5 yards per game.
When Herm Edwards signed as the Chiefs head coach in 2006, he reportedly tried to recruit Sutton—with whom he worked during Edwards' tenure as head coach of the Jets—to Kansas City, but New York refused to grant Sutton permission.
As Edwards stated to the Kansas City Star, "They wouldn't let him go."
The former Chiefs head coach praised Sutton's coaching philosophy, adding:
He’s very detailed and organized and understands how to put players in position to succeed. He’s a good communicator with the players and has a good demeanor with the players...He believes in pressuring the quarterback but he’ll play to whatever the strengths of those players is. Whatever those strengths are, that’s how he’ll formulate his defense.
The team's website (KCChiefs.com) also announced the hiring of 10 assistant coaches: Matt Nagy (quarterbacks), Eric Bienemy (running backs), David Culley (assistant head coach/wide receivers), Tom Melvin (tight ends), Tommy Brasher (defensive line), Barry Rubin (head strength and conditioning), Travis Crittenden (assistant strength and conditioning), Mike Frazier (statistical analysis coordinator), Corey Matthaei (quality control) and Britt Reid (quality control).
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