Chiefs announce coaching staff changes, elevate Andy Reid’s son

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The “N” in NFL often stands for nepotism, a fact of football life for as long as ownership of franchises has passed from one generation to the next. It’s become a reality in the coaching profession, and Chiefs coach Andy Reid has joined Patriots coach Bill Belichick as the latest examples of top dogs giving one of their own pups a chance.

The Chiefs have announced that Britt Reid has been promoted to defensive line coach, after serving for three years as the assistant to Tommy Brasher. The Chiefs in turn have moved Brasher to “special projects.”

For Britt Reid, the move represents the latest positive development following a youth marred by drug abuse that ultimately resulted in jail time. In 2007, Britt Reid was sentenced to up to 23 months after pointing a handgun at the driver of a car following a dispute. Only 22 at the time, Britt Reid pleaded guilty to various charges, including carrying a firearm without a license.

The Chiefs also have elevated Al Harris to the position of secondary coach/cornerbacks, where he will work with defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas.

Corey Matthaei becomes assistant offensive line coach along with his existing job of assistant quarterbacks coach. Mark DeLeone, the assistant linebackers coach, will have an expanded role on defense.

Newcomers to the staff are offensive quality control coach Joe Bleymaier, defensive assistant Taylor Embree, sports science/conditioning coach Ryan Reynolds, assistant defensive line coach Mike Smith, and strength and conditioning assistant Devin Woodhouse.

43 responses to “Chiefs announce coaching staff changes, elevate Andy Reid’s son

  1. Call it nepotism if you want, but I’m happy for the young man. It sounds like his life is on track after a rocky road.

    I wish things had turned out better for his brother as well, but I’m happy for this young man.

  2. If he was a player, that background would have him bounced out of the league. Not just nepotism, but a double standard that should piss off most of the players in the league.

  3. thingamajig says:
    Apr 1, 2016 6:58 PM

    “special projects”= one step from out the door

    Tommy Brasher is 75 years old. Sounds like it was his choice to take on a lesser, likely not full-time role.

  4. It could be worse. They could’ve traded their top coach for draft picks, or taken Jamarcus Russel with the 1st overall pick, or gone through 5 coaches in 5 years, or traded for a top QB like Carson Palmer only to cut him and watch him make the pro bowl just 2 years later, or have a team that hasn’t broken the .500 mark in 12 years. Because if you had all those things you’d be the Raiders. But a team that just won 11 games and a playoff game, and a league where coaches often have influenced their children/family to follow in their footsteps (Shanahan, Ryan, Gruden, etc) I think it’s great.

  5. jbaxt says:
    Apr 1, 2016 7:09 PM

    It could be worse. They could’ve traded their top coach for draft picks, or taken Jamarcus Russel with the 1st overall pick, or gone through 5 coaches in 5 years, or traded for a top QB like Carson Palmer only to cut him and watch him make the pro bowl just 2 years later, or have a team that hasn’t broken the .500 mark in 12 years. Because if you had all those things you’d be the Raiders. But a team that just won 11 games and a playoff game, and a league where coaches often have influenced their children/family to follow in their footsteps (Shanahan, Ryan, Gruden, etc) I think it’s great.
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    Palmer was traded for a low draft pick because he wanted out of Oakland and refused a pay cut, but otherwise, yeah. It’s nice to see things slowly changing.
    It isn’t a big deal if the old man has some pull and hires his kid. It’s common in many professions.

  6. If giving your son a job is called nepotism, what do you call it when you have to give your unemployed 53 year old twin brother a job?………Sad!!!

  7. I’m not a fan of nepotism in any form but after the hell this kid and his parents have been through – and will forever go through due to the loss of the other son – I’m ok with this. Keep the kid active, engaged and interacting with others and hope he doesn’t have a relapse.

    Drug and alcohol dependency is a horrible curse on any family. Do whatever it takes to fight it.

  8. Mark Davis. Mike Brown. Dan Rooney. John Mara. Jed York. Jim Irsay. Clark Hunt. Dean Spanos. Virginia McCaskey. Michael Bidwell. The Glazer’s. Eventually someone from the Benson family. Tennessee as well. This league is fueled by nepotism.

  9. Wow. This goes way beyond nepotism. They hired and promoted a flat-out scumbag because he’s the son of the head coach. Don’t care what excuses you may come up with – pointing a gun at someone makes you a scumbag. Period. Way to go, Chefs. No wonder your franchise has sucked for so long.

  10. All kidding aside, addiction will tear a family apart, and then it will tear it down. I’m sure the Reid family has seen more tragedy than it cares to. Jail and graveyards are not what parents envision for their children when planning to start a family.
    I have witnessed this situation up close and believe me, it rips at the guts of the family members more than it bothers the addict him/herself. Most of the time, the addict is too medicated to realize the damage they are causing to their loved ones. The family is most often coping cold stone sober.

  11. kcflake says:
    Apr 1, 2016 8:06 PM

    So, ryan reynolds the actoe is now a chiefs coach? Cool.
    ===================================
    Britt Reid was the Green Hornet’s alter ego. Ryan Reynolds played Green Lantern.

  12. Since Terrelle Pryor was disciplined for his actions prior to joining the NFL, one has to wonder what the commissioner has in mind for this poor guy, especially since Goodell is on record as stating that NFL management will be held to a higher standard than the players. My guess, absolutely nothing.

  13. Isn’t nepotism just wonderful ,here is a guy who probably couldn’t get hired at McDonald’s working for daddy and now gets promoted too

  14. Nepotism reigns supreme. Should be called the Nepotism Football League. As long as your daddy can keep a job then you can get a start. So sad that probably some deserving person is not given a chance. I am not saying that these individuals dont eventually learn to become good coaches – but what about all those who are paying their dues at the lower levels, Pop Warner, High School, College etc – that never get a chance at the bigs because so many jump the queue.

  15. Turn his life around?? His kids were spoiled little brats. It is so unfair that his son just walks into a position that many people FIGHT for. Most people commit crimes because they have to. He was trying to be a gangster living upper class. We are supposed to applaud this crap! This is bull and guarantee no player will take some spoiled little kid who never even played the sport in college seriously. VERY BAD MOVE BY THE CHIEFS

  16. How is this practice accepted so casually in a league that is so public in nature even boasting its Art Rooney rule?!?

    How can they have the nerve to tell states which laws they can and cannot pass to rule themselves yet eliminate probable better qualified coaching candidates with this hiring practice?!?

    Another high profile example the republic is falling…

  17. Lurie messed up. Should never have let Reid or Kelly go. The more you know about these owners the more you realize they are not very smart.

  18. I’m not saying that Britt Reid was necessarily the most qualified candidate, but it is not as if he was just inserted as DL coach with zero experience. He was a graduate assistant at Temple for 3 years(2010-12), a defensive quality control coach for 2 years with the Chiefs(2013-14), and assistant DL coach last year.

  19. Also, if you look at other coaches with the Chiefs, Reid tends to promote them young. Pederson was an offensive QC coach for 2 years and a QBs coach for 2 years before Reid made him his OC for the Chiefs. Matt Nagy, their current OC, is relatively inexperienced too.

  20. I hate the word nepotism. Give him a chance, perhaps he inherited a brilliant mind and being raised in the locker room has given him experience yu can’t get else where. How many Juniors have eclipsed their predecessors?

  21. Wow! We got the Green Hornet coaching the Chiefs. Deadpool, too. If only the Green Hornet could convince Kato to sign on, too, we’d be some bad mama jamas.

  22. If I’m Coach Reid, I’d much prefer the criticism of nepotism than the anguish of a drug addicted child. And if having Britt on the team in any way, prevents the latter, then bring him on.
    I don’t think Coach Reid is a fool. I don’t believe he thinks his son is the best defensive line coach available. And I am sure that he knows putting his son in this type of limelight could go south real fast. With potentially deadly results that Coach Reid and his family has already lived with in the past. So I’m guessing that Coach Reid has thought about this long and hard, has discussed it with his family, the owners, the other coaches and the players and has decided this is a good option.
    I hope it works out for everyone and wish Britt every success. I would much rather read that Britt has achieved some success in this area than another article related to a drug related crime he committed.
    And yes nepotism may be unfair to some, but it’s a part of life in every culture in the world.

  23. “Tommy Brasher is 75 years old. Sounds like it was his choice to take on a lesser, likely not full-time role.”

    Exactly. Andy did a solid for the guy, allowing him to still collect a check as a reward for teaching his son the ropes, most likely working on his own schedule too. Reid’s son gets a reward for keeping his life in order.

  24. Every time an Andy Reid story shows up on PFT, I am compelled to go to YouTube and watch the classic Andy Reid Punt Pass and Kick video. The one with Jon Gruden is especially hilarious.

  25. The hiring of relatives to a coaching staff is generally a reward that owners give for those HC’s who have earned that right by being very good. And even though I dislike the Chiefs, I can acknowledge that Andy Reid IS a very good HC.

    On other hand, Rex Ryan breaks the mold because he’s nowhere near being any good as a HC and yet the Bills allowed him to put his useless brother on the staff.

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