Andy Reid is putting the final touches on his first coaching staff in Kansas City, hiring former Jaguars offensive line coach Andy Heck to fulfill the same duty with the Chiefs.
Reid also announced Wednesday that Kevin O’Dea will be an assistant special teams coach.
Heck will work closely with Reid, who intends to call plays in Kansas City, and new offensive coordinator Doug Pederson. Heck has spent 22 seasons as a coach in the NFL, including the past nine working with the offensive line in Jacksonville.
Heck played 12 seasons in the NFL for Washington, Chicago and Seattle.
eid to handle playcalling: It seemed a curious decision for newly-hired Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid to add the thoroughly unproven Doug Pederson to be his offensive coordinator. But it makes more sense after Reid says he plans to call the plays himself. However the head coach did have a lot of praise for the young coordinator. As a player, Pederson was a career backup quarterback — including one season playing for Reid in Philadelphia — and has been an NFL coach for just four seasons. Both coaches will have their work cut out for them trying to rebuild an offense that doesn’t offer much besides running back Jamaal Charles.
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper said only four players are reasonably worthy of consideration by the Chiefs for the first pick in the draft.
None is quarterback or even a wide receiver, positions of great need for the Chiefs. The group includes two outside linebackers, Jarvis Jones of Georgia and Damontre Moore of Texas A&M, a defensive tackle in Utah’s Star Lotulelei and an offensive tackle, Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M.
“We were the exact same defense they played here the last couple of years under Romeo (Crennel). It’s a great system of defense, the true 3-4. When Rex came into the Jets, it had many similarities to this, but has a little more multiple and more schematically how we lined up. A lot of the principles stayed the same in how our up-front players attacked blockers. It’s got to be tailored to the personnel here. It’s 3-4 based, but more multiple (looks) than what I had done in New York or what Romeo ran here.
“We’ve got some good football players here and guys who played well … played hard … were physical, those two attributes are ones everyone in our league wants to have on defense,” Sutton said. “If you’re physical, tough-minded, serve you well for a long time. Those parts are here. That’s encouraging and exciting.”