Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid likes to keep an eye out for his former players jumping into coaching ranks, including former quarterback Mike Kafka.
Andy Reid has long been known as a “players coach” and his time with the Kansas City Chiefs is highlighting a major reason why. Reid has shown a penchant for bringing his former players on board as coaches for the Chiefs. So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that another of his former players, Mike Kafka, is the newest coach on the team.
If the name doesn’t ring a bell, don’t worry about it. Much like Doug Pederson and Matt Nagy, Mike Kafka didn’t really have much of a playing career. Andy Reid selected Kafka in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft when he was still with the Eagles. He only played two seasons in Philly before being cut in the 2012 preseason due to a broken hand.
After being released by the Eagles, Mike Kafka floated around Practice Squad circuit, but not finding a home. Kafka packed it in after 2015 and turned to coaching. He spent the 2016 season as an Offensive Graduate Assistant with his alma mater Northwestern Wildcats.
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Mike Kafka will be joining the likes of Matt Nagy, Greg Lewis, and Al Harris as former Andy Reid players now on the Chiefs coaching staff. The team has seen success with these connections. Doug Pederson, another former Reid player, did well enough to earn the Philadelphia Eagles head coaching job.
Kafka is joining the Kansas City Chiefs as an Offensive Quality Control Coach. This is considered an entry level position in the coaching ranks, and the job responsibilities are often vague. However, this is a role that both Doug Pederson and Matt Nagy held before becoming Quarterback Coach and eventually Offensive Coordinator. So Kafka is in good company there.
The Kansas City Chiefs are noted for their ability to reload talent on the roster, but not enough is made about doing it with the coaching staff and front office. Mike Kafka may not work out for the Chiefs, but it is encouraging to see that Andy Reid has a method to his madness there. Hopefully we are talking about Kafka as a top Offensive Coordinator one day soon.