Chiefs assistant coaches, front office staff appear to be safe from this year's hiring cycle

Jamie Squire

The Chiefs don't appear to be losing any coordinators or front office members early on in this year's hiring cycle.

Back on December 31, I wrote that the Kansas City Chiefs could soon learn the cost of winning by other teams hiring their assistant coaches or front office members. Successful teams usually have those types of people plucked.

Here we sit 10 days later and it appears the Chiefs coaching staff and front office will be safe from the hiring cycle for this season. Things can change, obviously, but a number of jobs have been filled, some are still left open and we haven't heard anyone connecting any of the Chiefs assistant coaches to those jobs.

Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub has interviewed for head coaching jobs in the past and Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton was recommended as a possible coaching candidate. I even wondered if Brad Childress may take a coordinator job someplace if it were open. But so far, we haven't heard any rumors linking them to other jobs.

On the front office side, the Chiefs will keep director of player personnel Chris Ballard. The Bucs were trying to interview him for their vacant GM job but Ballard himself apparently declined the interview and decided to stay in Kansas City. As Adam Teicher says, the Chiefs will likely lose Ballard at some point.

With another successful season, the Chiefs may not be able to keep everyone they want (and good for them if they can get a promotion elsewhere). But for this season, they appear to be safe.

Assuming Andy Reid doesn't change his mind on not making any staff changes, I suspect the Chiefs will return at least both coordinators.

UPDATE: I spoke too soon...

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