Oct 13, 2012; Boulder, CO, USA; Nevada Wolf Pack head coach Chris Ault during the game against the UNLV Rebels at Sam Boyd Stadium. Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Chiefs Hire Chris Ault As A Consultant

According to Dan Hinxman of the Reno-Gazette Journal, the Kansas City Chiefs have hired former Nevada head coach and creator of the Pistol offense Chris Ault. 

From Hinxman’s blog on the RGJ.com website:

Former Nevada football coach Chris Ault will be a consultant for the Kansas City Chiefs, Ault’s agent, Bob LaMonte, confirmed today.

Ault, whose Pistol offense has become a mainstay in college football and is making inroads in the NFL, will join the staff of newly hired coach Andy Reid, formerly the Philadelphia Eagles coach. Reid is also one of LaMonte’s clients.

Kansas City made a similar hire in late-March when Brad Childress was brought on as their ‘spread game analyst.’ It’s unclear whether or not the two consultants have been enlisted to forge a hybrid offense with Reid’s WCO as the centerpiece, or if they’ve been commissioned to help Bob Sutton and his defensive staff stop offenses who utilize those formations.

Ault coached Alex Smith’s former teammate and current 49ers starter Colin Kaepernick at Nevada. Smith doesn’t share Kaepernick’s athleticism, so it seems unlikely that Ault was brought in to help make a runner out of the Chiefs’ new quarterback. More details about Ault’s specific role with the team should come available as the Chiefs’ offseason program wears on.

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  • htmn74

    Keep up the work getting this offense right

  • Chief

    Interesting note from wikipedia article:

    “The pistol offense can effectively use draw plays, counters,
    and options using three-wide receiver formations or multiple tight ends
    combined with a fullback for pass protection”

    Charles can run off counters really well and even off draws. Multiple TEs and full backs could be in use. Things are starting to become more clear. This guys had multiple offers and chose us even though we were the worst team in the league last season.

    • KCMikeG

      That would explain the focus on TE & FB positions so far. I think we all should hold on tight because we have a wild ride ahead!

      • berttheclock

        Interesting about that FB position. After drafting Wilson and trading for Sherman, several posters wrote of a roadblock. Now, with Eachus and D’Imperio being cut and the earlier cut of last year’s starter, the new coaches have released all three of Pioli’s FBs.

        • KCMikeG

          DiMarco went 1st and was a bit of a surprise as he did show some potential last year. Obviously none of them fit the skill set Reid is looking for at the position. If nothing else our offense is going to be very exciting but then again it would be hard not to be exciting after the last few years of futility.

  • BigGil

    Curiouser and curiouser…

  • Jim Harper

    I for one cannot wait to see how this offense shapes up. I’ll bet nobody is more excited than Alex Smith. He has to feel super energized to literally watch his new team being built around him. How cool is that!

    • KCMikeG

      True Jim. His excitement combined with the versatility, multiple weapons and the chip on his shoulder to show SF they made the wrong choice should inspire great results from him this year.

  • GDL40

    I like the simple fact that we will have some heads with experience on the pistol offense …… seems like thats where the league is heading towards, at least a lot of teams can be running that soon so it dsnt hurt to have some deeper knowledge in it ……. YES, seems logical that they’re here to help our D, since we have no QB to execute it …

  • Tyler Alexander

    Arrowhead pride has an article that’s says Ault commented that Alex Smith would be perfect for the pistol offense. Hard to imagine him taking a lot of hits but watching the Chiefs shift from a pistol formation to Chidress’s spread on the same play would be a sight to see and really difficult to defend.

  • Brody Hall


    Tony M is not going anywhere people… he is just going to be one of three TE’s as we have 2 on the field at a time. IM PUMPED FOR THIS OFFENSE!!!! And the D as well :)

  • ArrowFan

    I’m getting excited. I’m going to need to check my self before it starts getting out of hand. All I know is that we are going to have a dominate O line and loads of potential on Offense. Then argably one of the best pass rushing tandems with a very good back field on D. All of these coaches and players flocking to KC speeks volumes.

  • P Heitman

    A lot of you guys are saying that we “don’t have the Quarterback” to run the Pistol offense. This is not entirely true. First and foremost, the Pistol is not the read-option, and a QB running the Pistol doesn’t have to be a “running QB” to succeed. This is one common misconception. In fact, Nevada ran the Pistol for a couple of years before they even installed the read game. Mainly the goal of the Pistol combines the versatility of the spread with the downhill run game of the Power I.

    A couple great articles on Ault’s Pistol and its NFL potential. It’s kind of cool that the Chiefs are already a part of this offense’s history:



    Secondly, I just want to mention that Alex Smith’s athleticism has been highly underrated as of late. Sure, he’s no Kaepernick, Wilson, or Griffin III when running the ball, but he’s no slouch, either. I read somewhere an interesting comparison between Smith and Kaepernick’s combine numbers, and they are pretty interesting to say the least.

    Smith ran a 4.71 40 at the 2005 NFL combine, whereas in 201, Kap ran a 4.53. Obviously, Kap takes the prize, but a 4.71 is not shabby. I can’t think of his name at this exact moment in time, but there was a receiver taken very high this past draft that ran something like a 4.73, so while not elite, Smith is quick.

    Here are some other interesting combine comparisons between Smith and his old teammate:

    10-Yard Dash:

    Smith: 1.66
    Kap: 1.62

    20-Yard Shuttle:

    Smith: 3.97
    Kap: 4.18

    Three Cone Drill:

    Smith: 6.82
    Kap: 6.85

    Interesting, eh? Does this mean that I think 8 years of hits haven’t slowed Smith down a bit? Absolutely not, of course he’s probably not as fast. Does this mean that I think we should be running a ton of read-option? Not at all. However, it says to me that he is an athletic Quarterback capable of running the read-option a time or two per game (if necessary) in order to keep defenses honest, if of course, that is in the game plan.

    Anyway, very very interesting stuff with the hire of Chris Ault AND the hire a while back that made Brad Childress “Spread Game Analyst.” It looks like we’re willing to try anything to get our players in space. All for it.

    • mg2098

      Lets not forget about Daniel either. Both him and Smith compare favorably. Both did challenge with their legs in college. Although I would consider neither a true dual threat QB. Totally agree with you though. Either QB can run the Pistol. Tyler Bray not so much lol.

      • P Heitman

        Haha, yeah not sure about Bray’s athleticism, but my overall point, athleticism aside, is that this isn’t a formation or an offense where you HAVE to have a “running qb.” If you read the articles above, Ault states that his first priority was to get the RB involved just like it was when he ran the power I. Then, similarly, they wanted to build play-action off of the downhill running game the pistol maintained. Of course, read-option (veer), triple option, etc. can be run from this formation, but it’s not a requirement.

        He also says in the article that putting the tailback 7.5 yards behind center, as opposed to putting him further back, caused huge visibility problems for the linebackers. If it’s even possible for Jamaal Charles to be any more dangerous, it might come from hiding him back there behind the quarterback. I dunno, I just think it’s all very exciting, obviously.

        Note that in these articles, there’s a question of whether or not the Pistol is actually a true offensive scheme, or just a formation that will work in most schemes. I view it as the latter. Read-option can totally be run from the Pistol, and doing so works perfectly, but you don’t have to run the read-option from Pistol.

        • BigGil

          Given that the pistol formation has also been proven to benefit QBs rendered less mobile due to injury… so, yeah, your assessment sounds spot on. Alex’s mobility shouldn’t be a concern.

    • KCMikeG

      Great post! Thanks for the links too. Smith is a mobile, athletic QB who brings so much more to the position than we have seen in years. Our offense is going to be very unique if all of the pieces work together. Certainly not the boring off-the-shelf systems we have seen before. I/m really getting excited to see it start to unfold at camp.