Getting to Know the Chiefs 2009 Coaching Staff: Maurice Carthon



Just today, the Kansas City Chiefs announced the hiring of Maurice Carthon as assistant head coach.  He played running back in the USFL blocking for Herschel Walker and also as a fullback in the NFL for the New York Giants and the Indianapolis Colts (click here for his career stats). He is 47 years old.

He's been coaching in the NFL since 1994. Most recently, Carthon was the Arizona Cardinals running backs coach. Let's take a look at his full coaching resume.

Year Team Position
1994-96 New England Patriots Running Backs Coach
1997-2000 New York Jets Running Backs Coach
2001-02 Detroit Lions Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs
2003-04 Dallas Cowboys Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs
2005-06 Cleveland Browns Offensive Coordinator
2007-08 Arizona Cardinals Running Backs Coach

Carthon has been tabbed as the assistant head coach and judging from his resume could focus on the running backs.

His time with New England appears to be inconsistent.  Below are the Patriots rank in attempts and rushing yards during his tenure.

  • 1994: 11th/27th
  • 1995: 12th/10th
  • 1996: 22nd/26th

The spike in the 1995 statistics is largely due to the presence of Curtis Martin.

In 1997 he followed Bill Parcells (again) and became the New York Jets running backs coach.  Below are the Jets rank in attempts and rushing yards during his tenure.

  • 1997: 20th/25th
  • 1998: 5th/13th
  • 1999: 8th/11th
  • 2000: 19th/24th

Again, Curtis Martin arrived in New York in Carthon's second season.  Each year he helped produce a 1,000 yard rusher including Adrian Murrell prior to Martin's arrival. And much like New England, his time in New York appears to be largely inconsistent.

After his 4 year tenure in New York, he was hired as the Detroit Lions offensive coordinator.  Below are the Lions offensive rank in total points and total yards.

  • 2001: 26th/16th
  • 2002: 26th/28th

He also coached the running backs his first year when the Lions ranked 31st in attempts and 28th in yards.

From there he moved to Dallas where he was the offensive coordinator for two more seasons.  Below are the Cowboys offensive rank in total points and total yards during that time.

  • 2003: 21st/15th
  • 2004: 25th/14th

He did some double duty in Dallas also focusing on the running backs.  In 2003 the Cowboys ranked 4th in attempts and 12th in yards (no 1,000 yard rusher) and in 2004 they ranked 14th in attempts and 20th in yards (no 1,000 yard rusher).

Next stop is Cleveland where he was again an offensive coordinator.  Below are the Browns offensive rank in total points and total yards during his tenure.

  • 2005: 32nd/26th
  • 2006: 30th/31st

In early 2007 he was hired by the Arizona Cardinals to become their new running backs coach.  We know all too well the running woes of the Arizona Cardinals from our Todd Haley coverage.  Below are the Cardinals rank in attempts and yards.

  • 2007: 25th/29th
  • 2008: 32nd/32nd

After seeing this resume and pile of statistics, I find myself thinking why in the world is Maurice Carthon being added to the Chiefs staff?  There is nothing above that would indicate to me that he's capable of successfully running an offense (or in this case assisting an offense).

Chiefs Connection

Ahh...this is why he was hired.  The connection to Haley/Pioli/Parcells is this:

  • Played for Parcells in New York
  • Coached under Parcells in New England
  • Coached under Parcells in New York
  • Coached under Parcells in Dallas
  • Coached with Haley in Arizona

Believe me, I'm all for the Parcells connection.  He has an uncanny ability to turn franchises around.  But there is nothing here that tells me this is a good hire.

I sure hope this hire was made for the benefit of the organization and not the continuation of the Carl Peterson good-old-boy network.

Here is how the current coaching staff is set up:




Defensive Coordinator Gary Gibbs/Clancy Pendergast
Offensive Coordinator Chan Gailey Special Teams Steve Hoffman
Defensive Backs Joel Collier Offensive Line Bill Muir
Special Teams Assistant ???
Linebackers Clancy Pendergast/Gary Gibbs
Assistant Offensive Line Joe D'Alessandris Assistant Strength and Conditioning Brent Salazar
Defensive Assistant ??? Tight Ends Bob Bicknell
Strength and Conditioning Cedric Smith
Defensive Line Tim Krumrie Running Backs Maurice Carthon?
Manager of Football Operations/Player Development Nate Wainwright
Quarterbacks ???
Assistant Head Coach Maurice Carthon
Wide Receivers Dedric Ward
Assistant Offensive Coach/Quality Control Pat Perles
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