Chiefs Fought Off Multiple Teams to Keep Steve Spagnuolo

The Kansas City Chiefs have to fend off other suitors to keep him in town.
Jan 21, 2024; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Kansas City head coach Andy Reid (left) with defensive
Jan 21, 2024; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Kansas City head coach Andy Reid (left) with defensive / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs have won two straight Super Bowl titles so of course teams around the league are looking to poach players and coaches from their talented organization.

One name that had other opportunities elsewhere this offseason was defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. The owners' meetings are taking place in Orlando, Florida this week so Andy Reid took some time to meet with the media.

Reid was asked how close things were from Spagnuolo heading to another team, including the San Francisco 49ers.

He said, "He was on the last year of his deal and so I think his dream was to become a head coach and still is. Hopefully he has that opportunity next year to do that. So, it didn't work out that way so we just jumped on it, knowing that teams were going to be coming after him."

Reid also added, "There were a couple that came after him... I wasn't asking questions, I was just trying to get it done."

Chiefs News: Kansas City Was Able to Retain Steve Spagnuolo for 2024

Shortly after the Super Bowl, the Chiefs and Spagnuolo agreed to a contract extension to keep the 64-year-old coach in town but there was competition happening behind closed doors.

Spagnuolo has been with the Chiefs since 2019 and has turned this defense into one of the best units in the league.

In 2023 during the regular season, Kansas City was second in both total defense (289.8) and scoring defense (17.3) but fourth in pass defense (176.5). Things carried over into the playoffs and the Chiefs were stout. They only allowed 13.7 points per game in the playoffs which was the fewest since Spagnuolo was brought in 2019.

It makes sense why opposing teams in the NFL were looking to weaken the defending Super Bowl champs and add an impactful coach like Spagnuolo. Unfortunately for all the teams interested in the 64-year-old coach, he's headed back to Kansas City for at least one more year.

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