With wide receivers coach David Culley headed to Buffalo, the Kansas City Chiefs have brought in former Eagles coach Greg Lewis to fill the opening.
We knew there would be at least some changes to the Kansas City Chiefs coaching staff this offseason. You don’t have the kind of season the Chiefs did without someone poaching from the people responsible. However, I don’t know that anyone expected long time Andy Reid assistant, David Culley to be the one to go. In his place, the Chiefs are adding another Reid consort in former Eagles receiver and coach, Greg Lewis.
The loss of David Culley isn’t one to be taken lightly. Culley has been with Andy Reid since 1999. He came over to the Chiefs with Reid in 2013. While KC hasn’t exactly been known for its wide receiver play in that time, there is no denying the work that Culley has done. Players like Albert Wilson and Tyreek Hill show the quality of work David Culley has done in Kansas City.
However, opportunity came knocking and David Culley is now off to work with new Bills coach Sean McDermott. Culley will be taking the quarterbacks coach position in Buffalo. In his place, the Chiefs are welcoming Greg Lewis on board. Lewis is coming over from Philadelphia where he spent just one year.
It was not a good start for Greg Lewis’s coaching career as the Eagles receivers were anything but impressive. However, it seems generally agreed upon that this is more a result of the talent than the coaching. For his own part, Greg Lewis had a relatively successful career in the NFL under Andy Reid. Lewis was never more than a role player, but did have a moderately long career.
The fact that Greg Lewis is coming over from the Eagles is interesting. Given the relationships involved, it’s hard to imagine Philly giving Andy Reid bad information. As for the Eagles, they will be adding veteran coach Mike Groh to replace Lewis, which makes sense given their first time head coach. This may be more about “fit” than anything.
Greg Lewis will have some big shoes to fill in Kansas City. While the receiving corps for the Chiefs hasn’t been spectacular, David Culley has a strong reputation. Fortunately for Lewis, he will have a lot of young talent to work with. He could be in a good position to build his own reputation.