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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.