Mike Kafka Could Climb the Ranks within the Chiefs Coaching Tree
With roots firmly planted in the football industry, Coach Mike Kafka has been with the Chiefs since day one rookie Patrick Mahomes, which is why he is listed first on my list of potential successors. Starting his professional career as a quality control coach under Andy Reid, we have watched Kafka work close with Mahomes and help mold him into the player he is today.
Mike Kafka played four years of college football for Northwestern University during the 2005 to 2009 seasons where he eventually went on and entered the NFL. After declaring for the NFL draft, Kafka was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round. The head coach for the Eagles that season was none other than Coach Andy Reid himself. After spending nearly six years in the NFL playing for multiple different teams, Kafka then left for a coaching job at his former alma mater.
While Kafka didn’t put up the number needed to succeed in the NFL, it was his brains and knowledge of the game that has brought him to the position he is in now. Kafka has had ties to Coach Reid for years and knows what it takes to help lead a team to a championship. He has seen a number of coaches come and go at the Offensive Coordinator position and has multiple mind to pick and models to learn from.
Seeing Kafka take over after Bieniemy would be no surprise to me as we have see Andy stay in house and promote guys from within his coaching system. Not only would it be a a great opportunity for Kafka but the transition of younger coaches moving into bigger roles has been a trend in the NFL. Mike Kafka would keep fluidity within the locker room and allow the Chiefs to stay on course with the current schemes.