Patriots defensive line coach Brendan Daly to join Chiefs
The Patriots will be losing another key member of the coaching staff, as defensive line coach Brendan Daly will join Andy Reid’s staff in Kansas City.
Daly, who has been with the Patriots since 2014 and the defensive line coach since 2015, will assume a similar position with the Chiefs, according to an NFL source.
Daly’s wife, Keely, is from the Kansas City area.
Daly began his coaching career as a high school assistant in Florida in 1997 and made college stops at Drake, Villanova, Maryland, Oklahoma State, and Illinois State before beginning his NFL career in 2006 with the Vikings.
Daly is the latest in a string of assistants to leave after helping the Patriots win the Super Bowl over the Rams.
Brian Flores was named head coach of the Dolphins and took Josh Boyer (cornerbacks coach), Chad O’Shea (receivers coach), and Jerry Schuplinski (assistant quarterbacks coach) with him. New defensive coordinator Greg Schiano will have safeties coach Steve Belichick as the only incumbent on his staff.
If the Patriots look to promote from within, Bret Bielema, who served as a consultant to Bill Belichick last season and did a lot of work with the defensive linemen, would be a logical candidate. Bielema coached defensive ends Trey Flowers and Deatrich Wise while head coach at Arkansas.
In Kansas City, Daly will be reunited with defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who hired Daly as a defensive line coach in St. Louis in 2009 when he was the Rams’ head coach. Spagnuolo, a Massachusetts native and Springfield College graduate, was hired to replace Bob Sutton in the days after the Patriots beat the Chiefs in the AFC Championship game.
“[Spagnuolo] is a great person,’’ Daly told the Kansas City Star during Super Bowl week. “He relates to players as people extremely well. He understands, he figures out what makes each individual tick, I would say. He has a very good way of relating to them.
“And he has a way of explaining things schematically to simply, and get them to understand kind of the concept and the overall logic for what you’re doing, as opposed to rotely memorizing calls, running defenses.’’