Chiefs Connection Strikes Again with Former Patriots QB

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You've heard us talk a lot about the Chiefs connection or the Pioli/Haley/Parcells (PHP) connection.  The vast majority of players, coaching staff and front office personnel that have made their way to Kansas City since the commencement of the Pioli regime on January 13th, and later the Haley era on February 6th, have some sort of connection to GM Scott Pioli, head coach Todd Haley or Bill Parcells.

That's not a bad thing.  Pioli is coming from the most successful franchise possibly of all time, Haley learned under the tutelage of Parcells, and Parcells has been successful everywhere he's gone.

In light of the recent announcement that the Chiefs used their placement on the waiver wire to pick up former Patriots quarterback Matt Gutierrez, I wanted to look at the PHP connection again.

After the jump, I've listed all of the Pioli/Haley/Parcells connections the Chiefs have made since January.

Free agents and trades

  • LB Monty Beisel - Played for Arizona in 2008 under Chiefs' DC Clancy Pendergast
  • QB Matt Cassel - Former New England Patriot under Pioli
  • LB Mike Vrabel - Former New England Patriot under Pioli
  • WR Terrance Copper - Signed to the Cowboys by Bill Parcells when Todd Haley was working with the wide receivers
  • LB Corey Mays - Former New England Patriot under Pioli
  • CB Travis Daniels - Former Cleveland coach Romeo Crennel, who coached under Belichick and Pioli in New England, traded for him prior to the 2008 campaign
  • WR Bobby Engram -Played for the Bears when Todd Haley worked with wide receivers
  • LB Darrell Robertson - New England practice squad in 2008 and a former Georgia Tech player under Chan Gailey
  • TE Sean Ryan - Played last year in Miami for Bill Parcells and for Haley and Parcells in Dallas from 2004 to 2005
  • TE Tony Curtis - Played for Haley and Parcells in Dallas from 2005 to 2006
  • S Mike Brown - Played with the Bears while Haley was there
  • LB Vince Redd - Former New England Patriot under Pioli
  • QB Matt Gutierrez - Former New England Patriot under Pioli
Coaching staff
  • Special teams coach Steve Hoffman (Parcells)
  • WR coach Dedric Ward (Haley, Parcells and Pioli)
  • Defensive quality control coach Pat Perles (Haley)
  • Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast (Haley)
  • Offensive line coach Bill Muir (Pioli and Haley)
  • LB coach Gary Gibbs (Parcells and Haley)
  • Joel Collier (Pioli)
Coaching interns
  • Anthony Pleasant - Former New England Patriot under Pioli
  • Richie Anderson - Played under the Jets with Haley/Pioli/Parcells and later under the Cowboys under Parcells
  • Chip Taylor - Cardinals intern in 2008
Here are a few other places we've talked about the Chiefs connection:
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