Coach Bio

Mike Smith
Assistant Defensive Line

Biography

Mike Smith begins his fifth NFL season and second in Kansas City in 2017 as the assistant defensive line coach.

In his first season with the Chiefs in 2016, Smith alongside Defensive Line Coach Britt Reid, helped guide a defensive line that helped limit opponents to 19.4 points per game, which ranked seventh in the league. Additionally, 11 Chiefs combined to register 28.0 sacks (-162 yards) and 67.0 tackles for loss. Smith also played an instrumental role in the development of Chiefs rookie DL Chris Jones, who appeared in all 16 regular-season contests (11 starts) and totaled 17 tackles (11 solo), 10 quarterback hurries, 2.0 sacks and was named to the  Pro Football Writer's of America’s (PFWA) 2016 All-Rookie team.  

Prior to his arrival in Kansas City, Smith coached at Texas Tech, where he served as the co-defensive coordinator and tutored the defensive line for two seasons (2013-15). Smith served as the interim defensive coordinator for the final nine games of the 2014 season and under his guidance, junior Pete Robertson led the Big 12 Conference in sacks (12.0). In 2013, the Red Raider defense nearly doubled its turnover production from the previous season and featured three players with 70-plus tackles.

Smith found his way back to his alma mater after spending two years as a coaching intern and one season as the outside linebackers coach with the New York Jets under then-assistant head coach/linebackers and current Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton (2010-12). 

Under his guidance in 2011, free agent acquisition Aaron Maybin led the Jets with 6.0 sacks and four forced fumbles in only 13 games of action.

Prior to his time with the Jets, Smith was the linebackers coach at the University of Hawaii for one season (2009).

Before his coaching career began, Smith was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens and played four seasons (2005-08) before his career was cut short by injuries.

A product of Lubbock Coronado High School in Lubbock, Texas, Smith enjoyed a stellar career at Texas Tech in which he made 45 career starts and played in 50 games. Smith’s career culminated with an upset victory over then No. 4 California in the Holiday Bowl in his senior season. As a senior, he led the Red Raiders with 83 total tackles and earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention accolades.

Education:  Texas Tech (2004).  Born:  Lubbock, Texas.  Family:  Wife - Emily; Son - Weston, Daughter - Kennedy.

Mike Smith begins his fifth NFL season and second in Kansas City in 2017 as the assistant defensive line coach.

In his first season with the Chiefs in 2016, Smith alongside Defensive Line Coach Britt Reid, helped guide a defensive line that helped limit opponents to 19.4 points per game, which ranked seventh in the league. Additionally, 11 Chiefs combined to register 28.0 sacks (-162 yards) and 67.0 tackles for loss. Smith also played an instrumental role in the development of Chiefs rookie DL Chris Jones, who appeared in all 16 regular-season contests (11 starts) and totaled 17 tackles (11 solo), 10 quarterback hurries, 2.0 sacks and was named to the  Pro Football Writer's of America’s (PFWA) 2016 All-Rookie team.  

Prior to his arrival in Kansas City, Smith coached at Texas Tech, where he served as the co-defensive coordinator and tutored the defensive line for two seasons (2013-15). Smith served as the interim defensive coordinator for the final nine games of the 2014 season and under his guidance, junior Pete Robertson led the Big 12 Conference in sacks (12.0). In 2013, the Red Raider defense nearly doubled its turnover production from the previous season and featured three players with 70-plus tackles.

Smith found his way back to his alma mater after spending two years as a coaching intern and one season as the outside linebackers coach with the New York Jets under then-assistant head coach/linebackers and current Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton (2010-12). 

Under his guidance in 2011, free agent acquisition Aaron Maybin led the Jets with 6.0 sacks and four forced fumbles in only 13 games of action.

Prior to his time with the Jets, Smith was the linebackers coach at the University of Hawaii for one season (2009).

Before his coaching career began, Smith was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens and played four seasons (2005-08) before his career was cut short by injuries.

A product of Lubbock Coronado High School in Lubbock, Texas, Smith enjoyed a stellar career at Texas Tech in which he made 45 career starts and played in 50 games. Smith’s career culminated with an upset victory over then No. 4 California in the Holiday Bowl in his senior season. As a senior, he led the Red Raiders with 83 total tackles and earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention accolades.

Education:  Texas Tech (2004).  Born:  Lubbock, Texas.  Family:  Wife - Emily; Son - Weston, Daughter - Kennedy.