Chiefs official fill coaching staff vacancies

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Club names Mike Kafka as offensive quality control coach and Road Wilson as assistant special teams coach

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs officially filled the last remaining vacancy on Andy Reid’s coaching staff while also carving out a new role for one of Reid’s former quarterback disciples.

(Emily DeShazer/The Topeka Capital-Journal)

(Emily DeShazer/The Topeka Capital-Journal)

Rod Wilson joins the staff as assistant special teams coach, filling the void left by Brock Olivo’s departure to the Denver Broncos. Mike Kafka assumes the role of offensive quality control.

Wilson entered the college coaching ranks as linebackers coach at Charleston Southern in 2013. Last month he accepted the same job at Furman University before bolting for the Chiefs.

The 35-year-old Wilson owns close ties to Chiefs’ special teams coordinator Dave Toub. The Chicago Bears drafted Wilson in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL draft. He played parts of three seasons for the Bears, playing primarily special teams for Toub.  His six-year NFL career included stints with  both Tampa Bay and Jacksonville.

Kafka’s move to Kansas City marks a transition from player to coach. Reid’s Philadelphia Eagles selected Kafka in the fourth round of the NFL draft in 2010 as a quarterback from Northwestern. The 29-year-old Kafka played three seasons for Reid as a backup quarterback, playing in just four games. Kafka also served as a backup quarterback for New England, Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Tennessee and Cincinnati. He joined the coaching ranks last season, serving as a graduate assistant.

The addition of Kafka gives the Chiefs two offensive quality control coaches along with holdover Joe Bleymaier. Quality control assistants generally serve as coaching apprenticeships, allowing young coaches the opportunity to learn on the job. Coaches in quality control frequently analyze opponents, break down statistics, compile notes and organize practices.

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