Gunther Cunningham leaves coaching career for Pro Football Focus
By Matt Conner
Former Chiefs head coach Gunther Cunningham has left the Detroit Lions for a job with analytics organization Pro Football Focus.
For the first time since 1969, Gunther Cunningham will not be a football coach for his career. Instead, the longtime college and NFL coach, including a two-year stint as the Kansas City Chiefs head coach, will become the newest staff member at Pro Football Focus, serving as Director of Football Oversight.
A press release from PFF, the premiere football analytics organization around, celebrated the arrival from Cunningham and included praise from Cris Collinsworth.
"“The rare aspect of Gunther’s career is how this old school coach has embraced today’s data analytics. It is the blending of that traditional football acumen with modern technical expertise that makes Gunther such a perfect fit for PFF.”"
Cunningham went 16-16 in two years as the Chiefs head coach, and most recently served with the team from 2004-2008 as the defensive coordinator. Since 2009, he’s been with the Detroit Lions as their defensive coordinator before switching to a senior coaching assistant for the last three seasons.
Cunningham will turn 71 years old in June.