Earlier this week the Detroit Lions hired Joe Lombardi (grandson of Vince Lombardi) as their new offensive coordinator. This news was notable for the Kansas City Chiefs because one of their assistant coaches was reportedly a candidate for that job.
The Detroit media last week floated Chiefs WRs coach / assistant head coach David Culley's name as a possible candidate for the Lions then-vacant offensive coordinator job. Culley has been with Andy Reid for a long time and seems to be very well-respected around the league. Luckily for the Chiefs, it appears he will stay in Kansas City now that the position in Detroit has been filled.
The hiring cycle has died down with the Cleveland Browns the only team left to hire a head coach. The Chiefs may get out of the first month of the offseason with almost their entire coaching staff intact. They lost just one coach this offseason (that I know of): Special teams assistant Kevin O'Dea.
Still, they retained all of their coordinators. You would hope that after a full season together they would be even better. Of course, it doesn't always work out like that in the NFL.
Here's a look at a few of the notable Chiefs assistant coaches in the 2014 hiring cycle:
Special teams assistant Kevin O'Dea: He was hired away by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as their special teams coordinator. He worked with the Chiefs kickers and punters.
Special teams coach Dave Toub: Didn't seem to be any head coaching talk around him this year. He has interviewed for jobs in the past. Looks like he's staying in Kansas City, which is a good thing.
Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton: The NFL created a panel of former coaches and GMs to help identify potential coaching candidates. Bob Sutton's name was on that list. Andy Reid said after the season he doesn't expect any changes on the coaching staff.
Spread game analyst / special projects coach Brad Childress: He's a former head coach so I wondered if his name might come up for a coordinator job. Reid mentioned before that Childress does some work on future opponents. I'm not quite sure what else he does. It's possible he just had a 1-year contract, since we really don't hear anything about him.
Director of player personnel Chris Ballard: There was talk of him going to the Bucs but he ended up staying in Kansas City. If he's already getting GM consideration ... it's only a matter of time until they lose him.