Chiefs hire former Rams head coach as defensive coordinator

Jan, 19, 2019; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium ©Kelly Ross

Two days after parting ways with Bob Sutton, the Kansas City Chiefs hire a new defensive coordinator. Mike Garafolo with the NFL Network was first to report from sources Thursday that the Chiefs are bringing aboard former New York Giants defensive coordinator and Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo to lead the unit that was statistically among the worst in the NFL.

Spagnuolo began his NFL coaching career as an assistant under Andy Reid when the current Chiefs head coach led the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Chiefs confirmed the announcement in a Thursday evening news release.

Kansas City says Spagnuolo joins the team with more than 36 years' coaching experience across the college and professional ranks.

“Steve is a bright defensive mind with a lot of coaching experience and success in our league,” Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid says in the team's news release. “I know him well from our time together in Philadelphia and I feel that his leadership skills and teaching abilities, combined with his scheme, will be a great fit for our team as we move forward.”