The Chiefs have filled the hole vacated by the loss of assistant special-teams coach Brock Olivo to the Denver Broncos. Rod Wilson has been tabbed as Olivo’s replacement, a source told The Star on Tuesday.
Wilson, 35, is a former seventh-round pick of the Chicago Bears in 2005 who spent six seasons in the NFL, recording a total of 47 tackles with the Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He was a member of the 2006 Bears team that reached the Super Bowl, thanks in large part to the dynamic special-teams unit of coach Dave Toub, who now coaches the Chiefs’ special teams. Wilson was a part of Toub’s units then, and now he’ll have an opportunity to help mold one of the league’s best groups in 2016.
Wilson, who spent time as a defensive backs coach with Charleston Southern once his playing career ended, also spent training camp with the Chiefs in 2015 as a part of the league’s Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship, which provides training camp positions to minority coaches every year and has tutored more than 1,800 minority coaches since 1987.
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But Wilson is not the only addition to the coaching staff. The club will also add Mike Kafka as an offensive quality control coach, a source confirmed to The Star. ESPN’s Adam Caplan reported that news first.
Kafka, 29, is a former quarterback who was a fourth-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles — and coach Andy Reid — in 2010. Kafka spent two seasons as a member of the Eagles before stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans and Cincinnati Bengals through the 2015 season.
Kafka spent last season as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Northwestern.