Haley hires Pendergast, Ward as Chiefs coaches - East Valley Tribune: Sports

Haley hires Pendergast, Ward as Chiefs coaches

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Wednesday, February 18, 2009 11:10 am | Updated: 2:23 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

New Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley has hired two members of the Cardinals staff on which he served last season.

Haley hired former Cards defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, who was fired after the Super Bowl, and quality control coach Dedric Ward. Haley was Ariziona's offensive coordinator last season before accepting the Chiefs head coaching position.

The Chiefs also announced Tuesday they have retained offensive coordinator Chan Gailey and hired former New Orleans defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs. Also hired were Bill Muir, who was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for Tampa Bay, and Joel Collier, Pat Perles and Steve Hoffman.

Besides Gailey, those retained from former coach Herman Edwards' staff were Bob Bicknell, Joe D'Alessandris, Tim Krumrie, Brent Salazar and Cedric Smith.

The team said duties for the staff will be announced later.

Gibbs had been defensive coordinator at New Orleans the past three years and is a former head coach at the University of Oklahoma.

General manager Scott Pioli and Haley were hired after the Chiefs went 2-14 last season, the worst record in franchise history.

Gailey, a former head coach at the Dallas Cowboys, was forced to reconfigure the offense because of season-ending injuries to the top two quarterbacks. He switched to a quasi-spread offense to fit the talents of third-team quarterback Tyler Thigpen.

Thigpen managed only one victory, but the offense did move the ball.

The Chiefs' biggest weakness was on defense. Coordinator Gunther Cunningham resigned soon after the season and became defensive coordinator with the Detroit Lions.

Collier was with the New England Patriots the past three years. Hoffman's most recent job was as kicking coach and assistant special teams coach with the Miami Dolphins.

Muir, a 31-year NFL coaching veteran, has also coached with the New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts, Detroit and New England.

Perles spent the past six seasons at North Dakota State and was offensive coordinator the past four years.

  • Discuss

Happening Now...

Your Az Jobs