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Chiefs coach Andy Reid moved swiftly to replace longtime
09-05-2019, 04:34 AM,
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Chiefs coach Andy Reid moved swiftly to replace longtime
KANSAS CITY , Mo. (AP) —  defensive coordinator Bob Sutton after his underperforming group allowed Tom Brady and the New England Patriots to run roughshod over them in the AFC title game last month.Reid moved just as swiftly in completing a massive staff overhaul.The first big piece was the hiring of Steve Spagnuolo to serve as coordinator, while the rest of the pieces fell into place Tuesday night. That’s when Reid issued a statement announcing the hiring of four new assistants and new responsibilities for three coaches kept in the fold.The biggest coup may be Brendan Daly, who was plucked from the Super Bowl champion Patriots after four seasons in Foxborough to handle the defensive line. Daly worked under Spagnuolo when the latter was the head coach of the Rams, and he has also spent time with the Vikings.Perhaps the strangest recruitment came with Matt House, who had been serving as the defensive coordinator at the University of Kentucky. The Chiefs wanted to hire House to handle linebackers, but the SEC school made a strong pitch to keep him in Lexington.Ultimately, the sides were able to work out a deal on House’s buyout at Kentucky.The other new assistants are Dave Merritt, who worked under Spagnuolo with the Giants before spending last season as the Cardinals‘ defensive backs coach Iman Marshall Jersey , and longtime NFL cornerback Sam Madison, who will help with the secondary in his first full-time coaching job in the league.Madison played three seasons with the Giants, his tenure overlapping with Merritt and Spagnuolo.“All of these coaches are familiar with Steve, love the game and are good teachers that have had success in their careers,” Reid said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to working with this group.”The rest of the staff also will have new responsibilities.Britt Reid will help with linebackers after working with the defensive line, Terry Braden will move into the defensive quality control role, and Alex Whittingham will remain a defensive assistant.Sutton had been the defensive coordinator since Reid arrived in Kansas City prior to the 2013 season, and his staff had mostly remained intact the past six seasons. But after a couple good years , it seemed as though the rest of the league figured out Sutton’s bend-but-don’t-break scheme.The Chiefs, who went 12-4 last season and won their third straight AFC West title, ranked near the bottom of the league in just about every defensive category. The failures on that side of the ball were thrown into even sharper focus given how productive Reid’s offense was under first-year starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who walked away with the league’s MVP award.Spagnuolo is expected to shift the Chiefs from the 3-4 defense Sutton employed to a 4-3 system, so the turnover in assistants was widely expected. Among those who departed was Hall of Fame defensive back Emmitt Thomas, who retired after 51 seasons as a player and coach in the NFL. FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Scott Pioli stepped down Thursday after more than five years as assistant general manager of the Atlanta Falcons, the latest front-office change for a team coming off a disappointing season.“I am ready for a change David Montgomery Jersey ,” he said in a statement released by the team.Pioli said he had intended to spend only two or three years working under Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff. He thanked the team for giving him a chance to carry on his career after he was fired as Kansas City’s general manager following a dismal 2-14 season in 2012.“I came in to work closely with Thomas on personnel structure, processes and decisions,” Pioli said. “I loved the concept, was confident I could provide value and have enjoyed the challenge.”Now, he’s ready “to pursue other potential opportunities.” His departure comes one day after Mike Maccagnan was fired as general manager of the New York Jets, a team that Pioli worked for as director of pro personnel from 1997-2000.Dimitroff described the 54-year-old Pioli as a “dear friend” who has “not only provided tremendous value to me, but to the entire the Falcons organization.”Pioli departs the Falcons following a 7-9 season and shake-up in the front office.Longtime scout Shepley Heard has taken over as director of pro personnel from Joel Collier, who is now serving as a national scout. Collier spent the last three years as Atlanta’s director of pro personnel. Before that , he worked under Pioli in Kansas City as the assistant GM.Dimitroff indicated that more changes are coming for a team that made the Super Bowl during the 2016 season.“We are continuing to assess the structure within our organization and move forward with our next steps,” he said.Pioli was Kansas City’s GM from 2009-12. Prior to that, he worked for nearly a decade with Bill Belichick in New England’s personnel department.The Chiefs won the AFC West title in 2010 — their only playoff appearance during Pioli’s tenure — but his regime was marred by allegations that he maintained a toxic work environment based on secrecy and intimidation, including suspicions expressed by coach Todd Haley that his personal cellphone had been tampered with before he was fired.Late in the 2012 season, Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend before taking his own life at the team’s training facility in front of Pioli and other team officials.

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