You thought the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots had a lot of connections? Or even the Chicago Bears with the Chiefs center, running back and (backup) quarterback playing there?
The connections to the New York Jets dwarf all of those.
I didn't even realize how many connections there are between these two teams. A huge chunk of the Chiefs coaching staff previously coached in New York in the late '90s and a number of players on those teams are now coaches on the Chiefs staff.
Remember Dave Szott? He's part of this.
All your Chiefs-Jets connections, courtesy of the Chiefs game release:
- Kansas City GM Scott Pioli was the director of pro personel fo rthe NYJ (97-99).
- Chiefs head coach Todd Haley entered the NFL as a scouting assistant with the Jets (95-98) and was later an offensive assistant/quality control coach (97-98) and WRs coach (99-00) for the franchise.
- Kansas City assistanat head coach Maurice Carthon was the RBs coach (97-99) and assistant head coach (00) with the Jets.
- KC offensive coordinator Bill Muir was the OL coach for the Jets (95-01).
- KC defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel was the DL coach for the Jets (97-99).
- Chiefs WRs coach Richie Anderson played fullback for the Jets (93-02) and was later the assistant WRs/TEs coach (96).
- Kansas City TEs coach Bernie Parmalee played RB for the Jets (99-00).
- Chiefs DL coach Anthony Pleasant played DE for the Jets (98-99).
- KC defensive quality control coach Otis Smith played CB for the Jets (97-99).
- Chiefs RB Thomas Jones (07-09), S Jon McGraw (02-04) and C Casey Wiegmann (96-97) all played for the Jets.
- KC head athletic trainer David Price worked with the NYJ (96-05).
- Chiefs assistant athletic trainers Jimmy Ntelekos (01, 03-05) and David Glover (04) worked with the Jets.
- Jets LS Tanner Purdum spent time with the Chiefs and played collegiately at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan.
- Jets LB/TE Josh Baker played collegiately at NW Missouri State (07-10).
- Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is the son of former KC head coach Marty Schottenheimer and prepped at Blue Valley HS.
- Jets senior personnel executive Terry Bradway worked in the Kansas City personnel department (92-00).
- Jets director of player development Dave Szott played for KC (90-00).
- Chiefs LB Jovan Belcher is a native of West Babylon, NY.
- KC LB Tamba Hali prepped at Teaneck (NJ) HS.
- Chiefs DL Amon Gordon lived in Queens. N.Y.