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Chiefs finalize defensive coaching staff



KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City leaders announced on Tuesday that head coach Andy Reid and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo have completed the club's defensive coaching staff for the 2019 season. Below is a full look at the defensive personnel enhancements and changes:

Steve Spagnuolo – Defensive Coordinator

Brendan Daly – Run Game Coordinator / Defensive Line

Sam Madison – Defensive Backs / Cornerbacks

Britt Reid ̵

1; Linebackers / Outside Linebackers

Terry Bradden – Defensive Quality Control

Alex Whittingham – Defensive Assistant

"After a thorough process, we are happy to complete our work defensive coaching staff. "All of these trainers are familiar with Steve, love the game and are good teachers who have been successful in their careers, and I look forward to working with this group."

Brendan Daly begins his first season with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019 as the club's run game coordinator / defensive line coach after four seasons as a defensive bus for the New England Patriots. Daly was hired as a defensive coaching assistant in New England in 2014 before moving to 2015 Prior to his time with the Patriots, Daly had two stints with the Minnesota Vikings as Defensive Assistant / Defensive Line Coach (2006-08) and Defensive Line Coach (2012-13), Daly also spent three seasons ( 2009-11) with Chiefs Defensive Coordinator and then-Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo as Defensive Line Coach in St. Louis Before the break-in to the NFL classes, Daly had several stations in of the school, including Villanova (1999, 2005), Oklahoma State (2001-03) and his first job at Drake University, his alma mater. He has trained four Super Bowls, three won and five AFC Championships. Daly was in college and received a bachelor's degree in history.

Matt House will begin his first season as a linebackers coach for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019. Prior to joining Chiefs, House worked for the University of Kentucky for three seasons (2016-18) and the last two as the Defensive Coordinator / Insider Linebackers Coach. House's defense anchored a Kentucky team that reached three straight bowl games for the first time since 2007 through 2009, culminating in the 279 win over Penn State at Camping World Bowl 2019. In his first year at the Wildcats, House served as coordinator of the Special Team / Inside Linebackers Coach. Prior to Lexington, Kentucky, House spent time as a defensive coordinator in Pittsburgh (2012-14) and Florida International (2015). Prior to his college experience, House spent four seasons in the NFL as a defensive quality control / assistant linebackers coach for the St. Louis Rams (2009-11) and specialty team / strength and conditioning assistant for the Carolina Panthers (2008).

Dave Merritt enters his first season with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019 as a Defensive Backs Coach. He came to Kansas City after working as a defensive backs coach at the Arizona Cardinals last season. Prior to training in Arizona, Merritt spent 14 seasons with the New York Giants, where he was Defensive Assistant (2004-05) and Secondary / Safeties Coach (2006-17), winning Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. In the Giants Merritt worked under defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. Merritt joined the NFL as a defensive assistant and linebacker coach on the New York Jets (2001-03) after training two college-level wards, including Tennessee-Chattanooga (1997) and Virginia Military Institute (1998-2000) , Merritt played linebacker in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins (1993) and Arizona Cardinals (1993-95) as well as colleges at North Carolina State.

Sam Madison will start his first NFL season with the Chiefs in 2019 as the Defensive Backs / Cornerbacks Coach. Madison played for 12 years in the National Football League, the first nine with the Miami Dolphins (1997-2005). After his time in Miami, Madison played three seasons with the New York Giants (2006-08), two of whom came under defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and all three under defensive backs trainer David Merritt. During their time together, Madison, Spagnuolo and Merritt won the Super Bowl XLII. Throughout his career, Madison appeared in 173 games (154 starts) and scored 38 INT and 130 clashes. He was drafted by the Dolphins in the second round (44th overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft. He played his college football at the University of Louisville.

Britt Reid will be his seventh season with the Chiefs in 2019 and will serve as a linebackers / outside linebackers coach. Reid spent the last three seasons as a defensive line coach (2016-18). Led by Reid, Chiefs DL Chris Jones received the Defensive Player of the Month (AFC) title for October of last season, earning an NFL record of eleven consecutive games of at least 1.0 sacks. Reid also served as Assistant Defensive Line Coach (2015) and Defensive Quality Control Coach (2013-14) for the Chiefs. Prior to joining Kansas City, Reid spent three years at Temple University (2010-12) working on the offense. In 2009, he was a training camp coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles, and in 2008, he was an assistant to the offensive line at St. Joseph's Preparatory in Philadelphia.

Terry Bradden enters his third NFL season with the Chiefs in 2019 as a defensive quality control coach. Bradden joined the Chiefs of Bethune-Cookman University as a Defensive Assistant (2017) where he worked as a quarterback graduate assistant. Prior to his time in Daytona Beach, he spent the 2015 season as head coach of his alma mater, Inlet Grove High School. During the 2014 season, he was the coach of quality control special teams at Florida Atlantic University. He spent three years quartering at Howard University (2009-11) before moving to Tuskegee University (2011-13), where he graduated.

Alex Whittingham enters his second season as a defensive assistant with the Chiefs. Before joining the coaching stages, Whittingham worked in 44 games for linebackers at the University of Utah (2013-17). In Utah, he was an honorable mention of Pac-12 All-Academic Selection three times.


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