Kansas City Chiefs hire Deland McCullough to be running backs coach

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 6:Running back Kareem Hunt
KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 6:Running back Kareem Hunt /

The Kansas City Chiefs have named Deland McCullough, former running backs coach at the University of Southern California, for the same position.

The Kansas City Chiefs have made quick work patching up the offensive side of the coaching staff after experiencing a number of changes earlier this week. The latest move is naming a new running backs coach in the form of Deland McCullough, former running backs coach for the University of Southern California.

McCullough’s name first surfaced on Wednesday via a rumor that the Chiefs were interested in speaking to the college coach. By that evening, a reported deal had already been worked out per Terez Paylor, writer for the Kansas City Star.

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McCullough takes over the position from Eric Bieniemy, the Chiefs new offensive coordinator. It’s been a game of musical chairs this week for the Chiefs, as Andy Reid attempts to replace and make up for offensive losses after waving goodbye to Matt Nagy on Monday. The Chicago Bears hired Nagy away from being the Chiefs offensive coordinator to take over as their new head coach. The Chiefs them promoted Bieniemy to OC after five years as running backs coach.

In addition, rumors persist that Brad Childress will be retiring from football after spending the last five seasons with the Chiefs as well, meaning Reid could lose another trusted senior offensive voice.

The Chiefs have likely been watching McCullough from a distance in case a position like this were to open, and it’s not hard to appreciate his work. He spent several years at the University of Indiana as their running backs coach before hitting USC this past year, and he helped tutor stars like Jordan Howard and Tevin Coleman in the process. The Chiefs were also familiar with his work with former IU running back Devine Redding who spent time on the team’s preseason roster and practice squad this season.