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Chiefs to Hire Gary Gibbs as Defensive Coordinator or LBs Coach


UPDATE: Per Adam Schefter of the NFL Network, a deal between the Chiefs and Gibbs is all but done.

But the Chiefs will soon announce that they’ve hired former Saints defensive coordinator and Oklahoma coach Gary Gibbs to fill either the team’s vacant defensive coordinator or linebackers coach job.

(H/T dkugler838 and JayKC)


So says Pro Football Talk.

The rumor circulating through the league is that the Kansas City Chiefs are looking at Gary Gibbs as a possible defensive coordinator and/or linebackers coach replacement for Gunther Cunningham.

Most recently Gibbs spent four years with the New Orleans Saints as defensive coordinator. He spent the first 20 years of his coaching career at the University of Oklahoma in positions ranging from linebackers coach to head coach following the departure of Barry Switzer in 1989.

Year Team Position
1975-77 Oklahoma (NCAA) Graduate Assistant
1978-80 Oklahoma (NCAA) Linebacker Coach
1981-88 Oklahoma (NCAA) Defensive Coordinator/Linebacker Coach
1989-94 Oklahoma (NCAA) Head Coach (44-23-2)
2000 Georgia (NCAA) Defensive Coordinator
2001 LSU (NCAA) Defensive Coordinator
2002-05 Dallas Cowboys Linebacker Coach
2006-2009 New Orleans Saints Defensive Coordinator

Gibbs didn't have much success as the Saints defensive coordinator and according to, the fans were glad to see him fired on January 7th earlier this year.

Gibbs arrived in New Orleans and was met with immediate success leading the Saints to the 13th ranked defense, up from the 28th ranked unit the year before.

His first year success prompted several teams, including the Dallas Cowboys and San Diego Chargers, to interview him for their vacant head coaching positions.

However, two short years and the 25th and 26th ranked defenses later, Gibbs is on the job market.

One note from the Times-Picayune might be a bit disturbing to Chiefs fans who have been clamoring for someone, anyone to effectively coach the defensive line. Upon his departure Mike Triplett and Teddy Kider wrote this on Gibbs:

Gibbs' defense allowed 339.5 yards per game in 2008, struggling to cope with injuries and constantly giving up big plays in the secondary. The Saints also never seemed to find the production they were looking for from their defensive line, which has two highly paid defensive ends in Will Smith and Charles Grant but struggled in pressuring opposing quarterbacks.


What's the connection to Todd Haley?

Since the NFL is largely a 'who do you know' not 'what do you know' league, what's the connection to new Chiefs head coach Todd Haley?

Todd Haley was the Cowboys wide receivers coach in 2005 when Gibbs was the linebackers coach the same year. Both men, of course, worked under Bill Parcells.

So, to get this straight.

  • Bill Parcells was the head coach when Todd Haley and Gary Gibbs worked for the Cowboys
  • Bill Parcells is the father-in-law of Scott Pioli
  • Scott Pioli hired Todd Haley
  • Gary Gibbs most recently worked for head coach Sean Payton in New Orleans who, naturally, came over from the Cowboys under Bill Parcells.

There's your connection. Though Gibbs' defenses the last two years have ranked in the bottom third of the NFL, it's somewhat reassuring that his first NFL gig was under the tutelage of Parcells.

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