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Chiefs Announce Several Coaching Changes

The Kansas City Chiefs today announced several changes to the coaching staff. A few of them we knew about, a few of them we didn't.

First, what we know.

Tight ends coach Bob Bicknell is no longer with the team. We heard yesterday that he accepted a position on Chan Gailey's staff with the Buffalo Bills.

Also, as Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star reported moments ago (I'm too quick for my own good or else these would have just been one post), former defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast and receivers coach Dedric Ward will not return to the staff.

Teicher also reported that Richie Anderson will officially fulfill the role as receivers coach. He was unofficially promoted in October when Ward was demoted.

Josh Looney of also just mentioned that neither Pendergast nor Ward were in Mobile, Alabama with the rest of the staff.

As always, we wish the best of luck to Mr. Pendergast and Mr. Ward.

Now, for what we don't know.

Anthony Pleasant, who was with the club in 2009 with an NFL minority coaching fellowship, will be given the title of Assistant Coach - Defense. Pleasant is a 14 year NFL veteran. He's got the Pioli/Haley connection dating back to 1992 with the Browns, Ravens, Jets and Patriots.

Pat Perles has also been reassigned on the staff. He previously held the position of defensive quality control coach. He will now be given the title of assistant offensive line coach.

Perles' father, George, worked with Dick Haley and the Pittsburgh Steelers way back in the day so that's the only connection I know of with him.

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