The Kansas City Chiefs announced several coaching changes on Monday including:
- Mike Kafka promoted to Quarterbacks Coach
- Mark DeLeone promoted to Inside Linebackers Coach
- Mike Smith promoted to Outside Linebackers Coach
- Corey Matthaei promoted to Assistant Offensive Line Coach
- Joe Bleymaier promoted to Pass Game Analyst/Assistant Quarterbacks Coach
- Terry Bradden promoted to Defensive Quality Control Coach.
- Jay Valai hired as Defensive Quality Control Coach
- David Girardi hired as Offensive Quality Control Coach
Here’s a statement from Chiefs HC Andy Reid regarding the coaching moves:
“The coaches we’ve elevated – Mike Kafka, Mark DeLeone, Mike Smith, Corey Matthaei, Joe Bleymaier and Terry Bradden – have each earned their opportunity to take the next step in their careers,” Reid said. “I’ve watched them grow, learn, teach, and I appreciate how they have gone about the process of improving their crafts. We’ve also added Jay and David as quality control coaches. I look forward to working with them as they begin their NFL careers.
“I’d like to thank Coach Childress, Coach Brasher and Coach Gibbs for their contributions over the years. Each of them played a role in the team’s success and I wish them all the best as they move forward.”
Kakfa, 30, is a former fourth-round pick of the Eagles back in 2010. Kafka played for a number of teams including the Patriots, Jaguars, and Buccaneers, Vikings, Titans and most recently for the Bengals back in 2015.
Kakfa worked for Northwestern as an offensive graduate assistant in 2016 before agreeing to take over as the Chiefs’ offensive quality control coach last year.