The Kansas City Chiefs Hire a New Defensive Line Coach

Defensive Line Coach Joe Cullen during Thursday's Jaguar practice session (The Florida Times-Union, Bob Self)
Defensive Line Coach Joe Cullen during Thursday's Jaguar practice session (The Florida Times-Union, Bob Self) /

The season just ended, and the Kansas City Chiefs are making some moves on the coaching staff. The first move was made on the defensive side of the football. The Chiefs announced they hired former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator Joe Cullen to take over as the defensive line coach. Cullen will replace Brendan Daly, who will transition to the Chiefs’ linebacker coach.

Joe Cullen spent one year on the Jaguars’ staff as a defensive coordinator working with Urban Meyer. Before that, he was a part of the Baltimore Ravens defensive staff serving as the defensive lines coach. Cullen spent five years under Andy Reid’s former pupil, John Harbaugh. He has worked with talented football players on the Ravens’ defensive line.

He has been a coach since 1990 when he became the running backs coach at Massachusetts. He would work at the collegiate level until 2006 when he broke into the NFL with the Detroit Lions. Cullen has a background with the 3-4 defensive scheme but will be transitioning to current defensive coordinators Steve Spagnuolo.

The team announced the two moves on the Chiefs’ Twitter page on Friday, February 4th.

Brendan Daly, who was Kansas City’s former defensive line coach, will move to the vacant linebackers coach. Matt House left the linebackers coaching position for a new role as defensive coordinator for the LSU Tigers. There has been a lot of movement within the Chiefs’ organization as quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka accepted the offensive coordinator position with the New York Giants, and current offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy is rumored to be the New Orleans Saints next head coach.

Other coaching positions are expected to be filled soon as the team begins the offseason. The Chiefs could be looking for an offensive coordinator and are looking for a quarterbacks coach.

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