Ronnie Bradford comes to Kansas City after a five year stint as a coaching assistant with the Denver Broncos and an 11 year playing career as a defensive back in the NFL. At only 38 years old, he's relatively fresh out of the league as a player and continues his journey as a coaching assistant.
Bradford will be an assistant secondary coach along with helping out on special teams, two positions he's previously held with the Broncos.
Bradford was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 1993 draft by the Miami Dolphins but was released during training camp. Throughout his career he played for Denver Broncos (1993-1995), Arizona Cardinals (1996), Atlanta Falcons (1997-2001) and Minnesota Vikings (2002).
In February of 2003, the Broncos hired Bradford as a special teams assistant. A year later he was named special teams coach, a position he held from 2004-2006. The Broncos had the ever-consistent Jason Elam as a kicker during that span and were on or near par with the rest of the league on kick/punt returns.
By 2007 he was named an assistant defensive backs coach with the Broncos. The unit he coached did well in total passing yards surrendered (7th) but that can be contributed to the low number of attempts (3rd) because teams found it much easier to run against the porous Bronco defensive line.
The following year, he was promoted to defensive backs coach. Under his tutelage, the defensive backs fell to 11th in the league in passing attempts and a putrid 26th in passing yards given up. They ran middle of the pack in passing touchdowns given up (14th) and ranked second to last in the NFL in interceptions.
No Chiefs Connection
Surprisingly, I haven't found a connection to Pioli/Haley/Parcells with this hire. I imagined with such an unimpressive resume he would be a "who you know, not what you know" sorta hire.
Coming From a Division Rival
Bradford didn't survive the McDaniels hiring in Denver so the Chiefs did what any smart division rival would do - they hired him to gather information. That's my guess anyway. I'm hard pressed to believe that Bradford would be hired if he wasn't coming off a five year stint with the Chiefs division rival.
If that is the reason, so be it. We'll take all the help we can get against the division.