It was bound to happen at some point. In fact, it's a bit surprising that the Kansas City Chiefs haven't lost more of their coaching staff as it is in this round of new head coaching hires around the National Football League.
Let's not get ahead of ourselves just yet, since nothing has officially happened with anyone on the Chiefs' coaching staff, but defensive line coach Joe Cullen has appeared in a number of rumors at both the professional and collegiate level and it feels like something could happen following Super Bowl 58.
One "problem" for Chiefs coaches is that they end up staying so busy late into the winter each year due to their prolonged playoff runs. While that's where every coach wants to be—acquiring rings or at least getting real chances at them—the truth is that many teams are too scared (desperate?) to wait that long to hire a head coach.
As for Cullen, he won't be leading a team but he might find himself back as a coordinator for the first time since joining the Chiefs. Andy Reid first brought Cullen in back in 2022 to coach the defensive line after a year as defensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars. His work with George Karlaftis and Chris Jones, among others, has made him a popular coach among his players.
As for the rumors, NFL reporter Jonathan Jones has word that the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Commanders are two NFL teams with interest in him as a DC.
Cullen has previous collegiate experience in the Big Ten as a former d-line coach at both Illinois and Indiana. He was also defensive coordinator for the Hoosiers back in 2004.
If Cullen, who is now 56 years old, leaves the Chiefs, the team could move Brendan Daly back to the defensive line after switching him to linebackers. They could also promote Terry Bradden, the assistant defensive line coach, or hire someone from outside of the organization.