Missouri Southern State defensive coordinator Rashad Watson will be joining the Kansas City Chiefs coaching staff during the preseason, according to Missouri Southern State University. The Lions coach will be filling the spot made available by the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship, a program designed to give minority coaches more experience in the NFL.
From the MSSU story:
“I was sitting here in my office and heard my phone go off,” he said. “I decided to take a break, walk around the building and check my phone.”
The text message was from David Culley, assistant head coach for the Chiefs, asking Watson to give him a call. Needless to say, Watson immediately returned the call.
“(Culley) told me, ‘This is your lucky year … seven is your lucky number,’” he said. “I thanked him, told him I appreciated the opportunity and wouldn’t let him down.”
In reference to the seven, Watson had applied to the NFL’s coaching program seven times before finally being selected.
“I can’t stay for the whole pre-season because of my obligations (to Missouri Southern’s team),” he said. “But I’m grateful to be able to learn as much as I can from them. Every opportunity you get to meet someone in your profession could lead to something else down the road.”
This isn’t the first time the Chiefs have had some sort of intern participate with the franchise during the preseason. Last season for Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed assisted coaching the wide receivers under a different NFL program.
Kansas City has five minority coaches listed on the team site.