Chiefs Announce 2010 Coaching Staff With Some New Names

The Chiefs announced their 2010 coaching staff today. There are a few editions we had not yet head about. A few of you old timers (Merlin) might remember the second name on the list. They are:

Otis Smith (Defensive Quality Control)

Emmitt Thomas (Defensive Backs)

I don’t know about you, Addicts, but I am really impressed with the staff Haley and Pioli have put together. Hopefully free agents will be as well. The full Chiefs release and coaching list is after the jump.

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Monday that the club has finalized Head Coach Todd Haley’s coaching staff. The following three assistant coaches have joined the Chiefs staff:

Bernie Parmalee (Tight Ends): Parmalee spent the past five seasons at Notre Dame, working as the tight ends/assistant special teams coach (2005-06) and tight ends coach (2007-09). He has three years of NFL coaching experience with Miami (2002-04), where he coached tight ends in 2004. A nine-year NFL playing veteran, Parmalee appeared in 134 regular season games (26 starts) with Miami (’92-98) and the N.Y. Jets (’99-00). He rushed 567 times for 2,179 yards with 17 TDs and caught 168 passes for 1,485 yards with three TDs. He also saw action in seven playoff games (four starts). The Jersey City, New Jersey native finished his collegiate career as the all-time leading rusher in Ball State history with 3,483 rushing yards and 26 TDs.

Otis Smith (Defensive Quality Control): Smith joins the Kansas City staff after previously working as assistant secondary coach with Philadelphia (2008). He also served as an NFL minority fellowship coach with Philadelphia (2007) and New England (2006). A 13-year NFL playing veteran, Smith saw duty in 180 regular season games (108 starts) with Philadelphia (’91-94), the N.Y. Jets (’95, ‘97-99), New England (’96, 2000-02) and Detroit (2003). He finished his career with 525 tackles (418 solo), 29 INTs for 645 yards with seven TDs, 106 passes defensed, 5.5 sacks and 82 special teams stops. Smith saw duty in 10 career postseason games (eight starts). He played in two Super Bowls with New England, earning a Super Bowl XXXVI ring with the Patriots. The New Orleans, Louisiana native entered the NFL as a rookie free agent out of the University of Missouri.

Emmitt Thomas (Defensive Backs): A veteran of 42 NFL seasons as a player and a coach, Thomas joins the Chiefs coaching staff after an eight-year coaching stint with Atlanta (2002-09), where he most recently served as assistant head coach/secondary. He also served as the Falcons interim head coach for the final three games of the 2007 season. Thomas served as an NFL defensive coordinator for seven seasons, working in that role for Minnesota (2000-01), Green Bay (’99) and Philadelphia (’95-98). He also served as an NFL assistant with Washington (’86-94) and St. Louis (’81-85), earning a pair of Super Bowl rings with the Redskins. He began his coaching career at Central Missouri State (’79-80).

Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Chiefs Hall of Fame in ‘86, Thomas played cornerback for 13 seasons with Kansas City (’66-78). He is the Chiefs all-time leader with 58 interceptions and 938 INT return yards. In 181 regular season games, he also accumulated five INT return TDs and seven fumble recoveries. He was named to the Pro Bowl or the AFL All-Star Game on five occasions and was a first-team All-Pro selection in ‘74 when he led the NFL with 12 INTs. He won two AFL titles with the Chiefs and was a member of the club’s Super Bowl I squad, as well as the club’s ‘69 team that claimed a victory in Super Bowl IV. The Angleton, Texas native joined the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent from Bishop College.

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