Coach Bio

Mike Kafka
Offensive Quality Control

Biography

Mike Kafka enters his first season with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017 as an offensive quality control coach. Prior to joining the Chiefs, Kafka returned to his alma mater, serving as graduate assistant (offense) at Northwestern University. With Kafka’s assistance, the Wildcats averaged 398.2 yards per game and 26.0 points per game, which led to a New Era Pinstripe Bowl selection where they beat No. 23 Pittsburgh, 31-24, inside Yankee Stadium.

Under Kafka’s guidance, Northwestern saw numerous highlights throughout the course of the season. For the first time in NU history, senior wide receiver Austin Carr accepted the league’s Richter-Howard Big Ten Receiver of the Year honor after leading the Big Ten in receptions (84), receiving yards (1,196) and touchdowns (12) during the regular season. He was also a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award. 

Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Kafka enjoyed a six-year playing career in the National Football League where he primarily saw action as a backup quarterback and practice squad member with several teams. Kafka was drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft (122nd overall) by then-Head Coach Andy Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles. He appeared in four games throughout his career, all with the Eagles in the 2011 season.

A collegiate standout at Northwestern University, Kafka appeared in 30 games as a Wildcat, completing 408 of 637 passes (64.1 pct.) for 4,265 yards with 19 touchdowns. He set single-game records in both passing yards (532 vs. Auburn, 2010) and rushing yards by a quarterback (217 vs. Minnesota, 2008). Additionally, his 3,725 yards of total offense as a senior in 2009 still stands as the No. 2 season in program history.

A product of Chicago's St. Rita High School, Kafka earned a degree in communication studies from Northwestern. 

Education: Northwestern (B.S. 2009). Born: Chicago.

Mike Kafka enters his first season with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017 as an offensive quality control coach. Prior to joining the Chiefs, Kafka returned to his alma mater, serving as graduate assistant (offense) at Northwestern University. With Kafka’s assistance, the Wildcats averaged 398.2 yards per game and 26.0 points per game, which led to a New Era Pinstripe Bowl selection where they beat No. 23 Pittsburgh, 31-24, inside Yankee Stadium.

Under Kafka’s guidance, Northwestern saw numerous highlights throughout the course of the season. For the first time in NU history, senior wide receiver Austin Carr accepted the league’s Richter-Howard Big Ten Receiver of the Year honor after leading the Big Ten in receptions (84), receiving yards (1,196) and touchdowns (12) during the regular season. He was also a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award. 

Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Kafka enjoyed a six-year playing career in the National Football League where he primarily saw action as a backup quarterback and practice squad member with several teams. Kafka was drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft (122nd overall) by then-Head Coach Andy Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles. He appeared in four games throughout his career, all with the Eagles in the 2011 season.

A collegiate standout at Northwestern University, Kafka appeared in 30 games as a Wildcat, completing 408 of 637 passes (64.1 pct.) for 4,265 yards with 19 touchdowns. He set single-game records in both passing yards (532 vs. Auburn, 2010) and rushing yards by a quarterback (217 vs. Minnesota, 2008). Additionally, his 3,725 yards of total offense as a senior in 2009 still stands as the No. 2 season in program history.

A product of Chicago's St. Rita High School, Kafka earned a degree in communication studies from Northwestern. 

Education: Northwestern (B.S. 2009). Born: Chicago.