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Chiefs finalize defensive coaching staff

Steve Spagnuolo and the Chiefs unveil their finalized defensive coaching staff for the 2019 season.

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The Kansas City Chiefs 2019 defensive coaching staff has been finalized, the team announced in a press release late Tuesday.

“After a thorough process, we are happy to finalize our defensive coaching staff.” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said in the release. “All of these coaches are familiar with Steve, love the game and are good teachers that have had success in their careers. I’m looking forward to working with this group.”

The defensive coaching staff is as follows:

Steve Spagnuolo – Defensive coordinator

Brendan Daly – Run game coordinator/defensive line

Matt House – Linebackers

Dave Merritt – Defensive backs

Sam Madison – Defensive backs/cornerbacks

Britt Reid – Linebackers/outside linebackers

Terry Bradden – defensive quality control

Alex Whittingham – defensive assistant

The announcement confirms that the Chiefs have moved on from secondary and cornerbacks coach Al Harris. Chiefs legend and defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas retired from the coaching ranks one week ago.

Andy Reid’s son, Britt Reid, moves from the defensive line to the linebackers and outside linebackers coaching position. We knew Brendan Daly was coming to be the Chiefs’ defensive line coach, but “run game coordinator” is a new position. Whatever it means, I know the Chiefs could use it.

Here is a timeline of the offseason staff changes for the Chiefs:


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