Posted Feb 14, 2012

Head Coach Romeo Crennel announces five staff newcomers, one promotion and 10 retentions

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Tuesday that Head Coach Romeo Crennel has finalized his coaching staff for the 2012 season. New additions to the Chiefs coaching staff include: Jack Bicknell Jr. (Offensive Line), Jim Bob Cooter (Offensive Quality Control), Brian Daboll (Offensive Coordinator), Tom McMahon (Special Teams Coach) and Derius Swinton (Special Teams Quality Control).

Kansas City promoted Nick Sirianni to Wide Receivers Coach and retained the following coaches: Maurice Carthon (Assistant Head Coach), Mike Clark (Strength & Conditioning), Gary Gibbs (Linebackers), Bernie Parmalee (Tight Ends), Anthony Pleasant (Defensive Line), Brent Salazar (Assistant Strength & Conditioning), Otis Smith (Defensive Quality Control), Emmitt Thomas (Defensive Backs), Adam Zimmer (Defensive Assistant/Assistant Linebackers) and Jim Zorn (Quarterbacks).

“We were able to add a handful of strong additions to an already talented group of coaches, and I am excited to get started,” said Crennel. “I am looking forward to sitting down as a staff, evaluating what we have, what we need, and moving forward towards the 2012 season.”

Below is a complete list of the Chiefs 2012 coaching staff.


Jack Bicknell Jr. (Offensive Line) – Bicknell spent the last three seasons (2009-11) as the assistant offensive line coach with the N.Y. Giants, which included a victory in Super Bowl XLVI. Before entering the NFL coaching ranks, Bicknell was the assistant head coach/offensive line coach (2007-08) at Boston College, his alma mater. Prior to joining BC, Bicknell had an eight-year stint (1999-2006) as the head coach at Louisiana Tech. He was the offensive line coach at Louisiana Tech for two seasons (1997-98) after 10 seasons (1987-96) as an assistant at the University of New Hampshire, where he coached both the defensive (1987-92) and offensive (1993-96) lines. He broke into the coaching profession as a graduate assistant at Boston College (1985-86) following a playing career for the Eagles.

Jim Bob Cooter (Offensive Quality Control) – Cooter enters his first season as the offensive quality control coach with Kansas City in 2012. Before arriving in Kansas City, he worked on the offensive staff of the Indianapolis Colts (2009-11), most recently holding the title of assistant to the offensive coordinator for the 2011 season. Prior to joining the Colts, Cooter spent two years (2007-08) as a graduate assistant at the University of Tennessee. He was a quarterback at Tennessee (2002-06), appearing in six career games and earning academic All-SEC honors four times.

Brian Daboll (Offensive Coordinator) – Daboll joins the Chiefs after one season (2011) in Miami where he held the same position for the Dolphins. Prior to his time in Miami, Daboll spent two seasons (2009-10) as offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns. He also spent two seasons as the QBs coach for the New York Jets (2007-08) and seven seasons (2000-06) as an assistant with the New England Patriots.  

Tom McMahon (Special Teams) – McMahon comes to Kansas City after a three-year stint (2009-11) with the St. Louis Rams as special teams coordinator. Prior to joining the Rams, he spent two seasons (2007-08) as assistant special teams coach for the Atlanta Falcons. Before joining Atlanta, McMahon spent one season at the University of Louisville (2006) after 11 seasons (1995-2005) at Utah State.

Derius Swinton (Special Teams Quality Control) – Swinton joins the Chiefs as the club’s special teams quality control coach after three seasons with the St. Louis Rams. In St. Louis, he served as the team’s quality control/special teams coach under newly-named Chiefs Special Teams Coach Tom McMahon. Prior to his tenure in St. Louis, Swinton was as a defensive graduate assistant (2007-08) with the University of Tennessee. He played free safety at Hampton University in Virginia from 2003-06.


Maurice Carthon (Assistant Head Coach) – Carthon is an 18-year coaching veteran who will enter his fourth season with the Chiefs. Prior to joining Kansas City, Carthon spent two seasons (2007-08) as the running backs coach for the Arizona Cardinals. He also has previously served as the offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns (2005-06), Dallas Cowboys (2003-04) and Detroit Lions (2002). Carthon owns 11 years of playing experience and was a member of two Super Bowl championship teams (1986, 1990) with the New York Giants.

Mike Clark (Strength & Conditioning) – Clark will begin his third season with the Chiefs and his ninth in the NFL. Before coming to Kansas City, Clark held the same position with the Seattle Seahawks for six seasons (2004-09). Prior to joining the NFL ranks, he enjoyed a 14-year stint (1990-03) leading strength and conditioning efforts for Texas A&M. He also coached collegiately at Southern California (1988-89), Oregon (1983-87), Kansas (1982) and Wyoming (1981).

Gary Gibbs (Linebackers) – A 29-year coaching veteran, Gibbs enters his fourth season in Kansas City. Prior to joining the Chiefs, Gibbs served a three-year stint (2006-08) as the defensive coordinator with the New Orleans Saints. He entered the NFL ranks as linebackers coach with Dallas (2002-05). Gibbs broke into the coaching profession at his alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, as a graduate assistant in 1975 and was eventually promoted to linebackers coach (1978-80), defensive coordinator (’81-88) and head coach (1989-94). He also served as defensive coordinator at Georgia (2000) and LSU (2001).

Bernie Parmalee (Tight Ends) – Parmalee begins his third season in Kansas City and his sixth in the NFL. Before joining the Chiefs, he spent five seasons (2005-09) as an assistant at Notre Dame. Prior to that, he had a three-year stint (2002-04) with the Miami Dolphins in a variety of roles. Parmalee enjoyed a nine-year (1992-2000) NFL playing career with the Dolphins and the New York Jets.

Anthony Pleasant (Defensive Line) – Pleasant enters his third season coaching the Chiefs defensive line. He owns 14 years of playing experience as a defensive lineman, seeing duty in 202 regular season games (157 starts) with Cleveland (1990-95), Baltimore (1996), Atlanta (1997), the New York Jets (1998-99), San Francisco (2000) and New England (2001-03).

Brent Salazar (Assistant Strength & Conditioning) – Salazar begins his sixth season in Kansas City as the assistant strength and conditioning coach. Prior to joining the Chiefs, he spent one year (2006) as the assistant director of athletic performance at the University of the Pacific.

Nick Sirianni (Wide Receivers) – Sirianni was promoted to wide receivers coach after spending three years as the club’s offensive quality control coach. Prior to joining the Chiefs, Sirianni spent three years as the wide receivers coach at Indiana University – Pennsylvania (2006-08). Before his stint with the Crimson Hawks, he was the defensive backs coach at Mount Union and helped the Purple Raiders win the 2005 NCAA Division III National Championship.

Otis Smith (Defensive Quality Control) – Smith begins his third season as Kansas City’s defensive quality control coach after spending part of the 2009 season assisting the Chiefs defensive backs. Smith joined the Chiefs after serving as the assistant secondary coach with Philadelphia in 2008. He also served an NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship with Philadelphia (2007) and New England (2006) after 13 seasons as an NFL defensive back with Philadelphia (1990-94), the New York Jets (1995-96, 1997-99), New England (1996, 2000-02) and Detroit (2003).

Emmitt Thomas (Defensive Backs) – Thomas enters his third season as the Chiefs defensive backs coach in 2012. He is in his 32nd season as an NFL assistant coach and begins his 45th overall NFL campaign. Thomas spent 13 seasons playing cornerback for the Chiefs. Prior to joining the Chiefs coaching staff in 2010, he spent eight seasons coaching with the Atlanta Falcons (2002-09), including a stint as interim head coach for three games of the 2007 campaign. Thomas was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a player in 2008.

Adam Zimmer (Defensive Assistant/Assistant Linebackers) – Zimmer begins his third season as Kansas City’s defensive assistant and assistant linebackers coach. Prior to arriving in Kansas City, Zimmer spent four seasons in New Orleans (2006-09) assisting current Chiefs linebackers coach Gary Gibbs, who served as the Saints’ defensive coordinator. Zimmer earned a Super Bowl ring with New Orleans following the Saints’ victory in Super Bowl XLIV.

Jim Zorn (Quarterbacks) – Zorn enters his second season in Kansas City as the club’s quarterbacks coach in 2012. Before joining the Chiefs, Zorn spent the 2010 campaign as the Baltimore Ravens quarterbacks coach and he served as the head coach of the Washington Redskins (2008-09). He is entering his 16th season as an NFL coach and he spent 11 seasons as an NFL quarterback with Seattle (1976-84), Green Bay (1985) and Tampa Bay (1987).



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