Update: Saturday, 6:52 p.m. Arrowhead Time
After initial reports said that the Chiefs were expected to bring Matt House aboard as their new linebackers coach, House has elected to remain at Kentucky.
Sources tell FootballScoop Matt House has elected to remain at Kentucky.... https://t.co/MvaGEcbgpO— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) February 10, 2019
Kentucky confirmed the new report.
UK has confirmed that defensive coordinator Matt House is staying with the Wildcats for 2019.— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) February 10, 2019
Original article: February 8, 7:51 a.m.
The defensive coaching staff of the Kansas City Chiefs under new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is coming together.
About 12 hours after news broke about the Chiefs hiring a new defensive backs coach, a new report from ESPN’s Field Yates says the Chiefs have their linebackers coach. It’s expected to be Matt House, former defensive coordinator from the University of Kentucky.
Source: the Chiefs are expected to hire University of Kentucky defensive coordinator Matt House as their linebackers coach.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) February 8, 2019
That name may look familiar. Our own Craig Stout initially listed House among the five candidates who could potentially replace Bob Sutton.
STOUT: A lesser-known name — but an up and coming coaching name — House has been the defensive coordinator at Kentucky for the last two years, transforming that defense into a top 20-ranked national defense.
House has a diverse background, coaching defensive line, linebackers, and defensive backs at the collegiate and NFL level. He helped develop a collegiate Aaron Donald as the defensive line coach at Pittsburgh and looks to have developed a stud pass rusher in Josh Allen this year in Kentucky.
House was a hot name with an ability to run multiple fronts — getting head coaching consideration this offseason at the collegiate level. Reid has shown a propensity to “borrow” from the collegiate level with his play-calls and scheme, and the rest of the NFL is following suit. House has shown the ability to develop and stop the spread offense and produce quality players. If Reid was feeling progressive with his hire, House makes sense.
This will be House’s first NFL job since 2009-11, when he was the quality control coach and assistant linebackers coach for the St. Louis Rams under Spagnuolo.
House had stints with the University of Pittsburgh and Florida International before eventually landing in Kentucky and now the Chiefs.