In 2022, an under-the-radar Chiefs coach will be promoted:


In 2022, an under-the-radar Chiefs coach will be promoted:

NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero compiled a list of up-and-coming coaches in the NFL who are poised to take on larger roles during the upcoming offseason for the 2021 candidates.

Pelissero’s list included a Kansas City Chiefs coach named Eric Bieniemy, who is not only on the verge of being promoted from position coach to head coach this offseason.

Mike Kafka, the Chiefs quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator, was the coach Pelissero named.

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Pelissero wrote the following about Kafka, who is in his fifth season as a member of the Kansas City coaching staff:

“A fourth-round pick by Andy Reid’s Eagles in 2010, Kafka has earned a strong reputation as a QB tutor since reuniting with Reid in Kansas City as a quality control coach in 2017,” Pelissero wrote.

“He was promoted to offensive coordinator when the Bears hired then-Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy in 2018 (the same year Patrick Mahomes took over as quarterback1), and the plan has been for Kafka to return to OC when Eric Bieniemy gets his head-coaching job after so many interviews in recent years.

That hasn’t happened, and Kafka himself is now on the head-coaching radar.

His Chiefs contract is set to expire at the end of the season, and if a head job doesn’t materialize, he could end up as a play-calling OC elsewhere in 2022.”

Pelissero’s interesting tidbit is that if Bieniemy is hired as head coach, Kafka will return to the Chiefs as offensive coordinator.

If Bieniemy isn’t promoted, Kafka, who has a contract that expires in 2022, could look for a new job.

As a coach who has mentored Patrick Mahomes since he was a rookie, losing Kafka in 2022 would be a huge loss for the defending AFC champions.

It’s critical to have a coach in Kafka’s position who has a good working relationship with the team’s starting quarterback, so Kafka’s departure would be significant.


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