Coach Bio

Emmitt Thomas
Defensive Backs

Biography

Emmitt Thomas returned to his football roots in Kansas City in 2010, joining the Chiefs as the defensive backs coach. Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1986, Thomas played cornerback for 13 seasons with Kansas City (1966-78) and finished his career with a franchise-record 58 interceptions. He was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2012, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2009, as well as the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame and the Black College Hall of Fame in 2016.

Thomas enters his 36th season as an NFL assistant coach (seventh in Kansas City) and his 49th overall NFL campaign in 2016. He was a member of both of Kansas City’s Super Bowl squads, registering four INTs during the club’s postseason run in 1969 that culminated with a win in Super Bowl IV. He also owns a pair of Super Bowl rings working on Joe Gibbs’ staff with the Washington Redskins.

In 2015, Thomas’ defensive backs group helped the Chiefs defense rank second in the NFL with 92 passes defensed. Rookie CB Marcus Peters tied for the top spots in the league for passes defensed (26) and interceptions (8) in 2015. Also, the group combined for 22 interceptions, ranking first in the AFC and second in the league. The club also finished third in the league for points allowed during the regular season (287 total, 17.9 average). S Eric Berry made his fourth trip to the Pro Bowl following the 2015 season under Thomas’ guidance.

Prior to re-joining the Chiefs, Thomas spent eight seasons coaching with the Atlanta Falcons (2002-09), including a stint as interim head coach for the final three games in 2007. He owns seven seasons of NFL experience as a defensive coordinator, including a two-year tenure in that role with Minnesota (2000-01). The Vikings won the NFC Central and advanced to the NFC Championship Game during the 2000 season, and he held the same capacity with Green Bay (1999), helping CB Mike McKenzie earn all-rookie accolades.

He served as defensive coordinator for four seasons in Philadelphia (1995-98). In 1998, the Eagles defense led the NFL in pass defense (170.0 ypg)

and was third in the league in sacks per pass attempt (8.6). Philadelphia finished fifth in the NFL in total defense in 1996 and fourth in 1995, advancing to the playoffs both of those years.

Thomas spent nine seasons as an assistant coach with Washington (1986-94), where he coached two Pro Football Hall of Famers – CB Darrell Green and WR Art Monk. Thomas served as the secondary coach his final eight campaigns with the Redskins, helping Green earn three Pro Bowl berths.

Thomas helped guide the Redskins to five playoff appearances, including wins in Super Bowl XXII and Super Bowl XXVI. He began his tenure with the club as receivers coach in 1986 when both Monk and WR Gary Clark earned Pro Bowl honors.

The Angleton, Texas, native began his NFL coaching career as the wide receivers/tight ends coach with the St. Louis Cardinals (1981-85). Under Thomas’ tutelage, WR Roy Green tied for the NFC lead with 78 receptions in 1983. He began his coaching career at Central Missouri (1979-80).

On 58 INTs in 181 regular season games, he recorded a Chiefs record 938 INT return yards and produced five INT return TDs and seven fumble recoveries. He was named to the Pro Bowl or the AFL All-Star Game on five occasions and was a first-team All-Pro selection in 1974 when he led the NFL with 12 INTs. He won two AFL titles with the Chiefs and was a member of the club’s Super Bowl I squad, as well as the club’s team that claimed a victory in Super Bowl IV. Thomas joined the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 1966 from Bishop College in Dallas, Texas, where he played quarterback and wide receiver.

Education: Bishop College (B.S. 1965). Born: Angleton, Texas. Family: Wife - Jacqui; Children - Derek and Dedra.

Emmitt Thomas returned to his football roots in Kansas City in 2010, joining the Chiefs as the defensive backs coach. Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1986, Thomas played cornerback for 13 seasons with Kansas City (1966-78) and finished his career with a franchise-record 58 interceptions. He was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2012, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2009, as well as the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame and the Black College Hall of Fame in 2016.

Thomas enters his 36th season as an NFL assistant coach (seventh in Kansas City) and his 49th overall NFL campaign in 2016. He was a member of both of Kansas City’s Super Bowl squads, registering four INTs during the club’s postseason run in 1969 that culminated with a win in Super Bowl IV. He also owns a pair of Super Bowl rings working on Joe Gibbs’ staff with the Washington Redskins.

In 2015, Thomas’ defensive backs group helped the Chiefs defense rank second in the NFL with 92 passes defensed. Rookie CB Marcus Peters tied for the top spots in the league for passes defensed (26) and interceptions (8) in 2015. Also, the group combined for 22 interceptions, ranking first in the AFC and second in the league. The club also finished third in the league for points allowed during the regular season (287 total, 17.9 average). S Eric Berry made his fourth trip to the Pro Bowl following the 2015 season under Thomas’ guidance.

Prior to re-joining the Chiefs, Thomas spent eight seasons coaching with the Atlanta Falcons (2002-09), including a stint as interim head coach for the final three games in 2007. He owns seven seasons of NFL experience as a defensive coordinator, including a two-year tenure in that role with Minnesota (2000-01). The Vikings won the NFC Central and advanced to the NFC Championship Game during the 2000 season, and he held the same capacity with Green Bay (1999), helping CB Mike McKenzie earn all-rookie accolades.

He served as defensive coordinator for four seasons in Philadelphia (1995-98). In 1998, the Eagles defense led the NFL in pass defense (170.0 ypg)

and was third in the league in sacks per pass attempt (8.6). Philadelphia finished fifth in the NFL in total defense in 1996 and fourth in 1995, advancing to the playoffs both of those years.

Thomas spent nine seasons as an assistant coach with Washington (1986-94), where he coached two Pro Football Hall of Famers – CB Darrell Green and WR Art Monk. Thomas served as the secondary coach his final eight campaigns with the Redskins, helping Green earn three Pro Bowl berths.

Thomas helped guide the Redskins to five playoff appearances, including wins in Super Bowl XXII and Super Bowl XXVI. He began his tenure with the club as receivers coach in 1986 when both Monk and WR Gary Clark earned Pro Bowl honors.

The Angleton, Texas, native began his NFL coaching career as the wide receivers/tight ends coach with the St. Louis Cardinals (1981-85). Under Thomas’ tutelage, WR Roy Green tied for the NFC lead with 78 receptions in 1983. He began his coaching career at Central Missouri (1979-80).

On 58 INTs in 181 regular season games, he recorded a Chiefs record 938 INT return yards and produced five INT return TDs and seven fumble recoveries. He was named to the Pro Bowl or the AFL All-Star Game on five occasions and was a first-team All-Pro selection in 1974 when he led the NFL with 12 INTs. He won two AFL titles with the Chiefs and was a member of the club’s Super Bowl I squad, as well as the club’s team that claimed a victory in Super Bowl IV. Thomas joined the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 1966 from Bishop College in Dallas, Texas, where he played quarterback and wide receiver.

Education: Bishop College (B.S. 1965). Born: Angleton, Texas. Family: Wife - Jacqui; Children - Derek and Dedra.