The Kansas City Chiefs have seen one assistant coach leave already this offseason when offensive coordinator Matt Nagy went to the Chicago Bears. While we await any other staff losses, the Chiefs are adding a coach on the defensive side. According to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, the Chiefs are hiring Jay Valai as a defensive quality control coach.
Source: Georgia quality control coach Jay Valai is joining the Kansas City Chiefs coaching staff. Valai, who has been recruiting for Georgia for the past few weeks, will be a defensive quality control coach and work with the Chiefs defensive backs.
My first thought is who hired him? Is this someone the defensive coordinator would hire? Obviously we’re waiting to see if Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton will remain with the team moving forward. Chiefs fans believe he’s on the hot seat but we haven’t heard from Andy Reid definitively on it. I’m curious what the connection is here or how a Georgia assistant coach gets noticed by the Chiefs.
Terez Paylor’s story says Valai, who played at Wisconsin, will work with the Chiefs defensive backs or linebackers. Quality control coaches are more entry-level positions but you gotta start somewhere. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, for example, was once Andy Reid’s offensive quality control coach.