The Chiefs’ new offensive coordinator situation — youngster Matt Nagy and veteran Brad Childress will share the role — is a bit unusual.
But there is a school of thought that coach Andy Reid’s steady hand will go a long way toward making the situation work, a belief reinforced Wednesday by the man Nagy and Childress will replace: new Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson.
“Everything does start with Coach Reid, and again, Brad Childress and Coach Reid, they have a long history together,” Pederson said. “And now, bringing Matt along and furthering his career and getting his feet wet in a coordinator’s role ... that’s been Coach Reid’s philosophy: continue to train young coaches so they can go on and have successful careers, and Matt’s in that situation right now.
“It just shows the confidence that Coach Reid has in Coach Nagy to put him in that role.”
Pederson sees value in promoting both men. While Childress has a long history with Reid — he used a four-year tenure as Reid’s offensive coordinator from 2002 to 2005 to eventually become a head coach — Nagy officially joined Reid’s staff in Philadelphia as a coaches’ assistant in 2010. He became the Chiefs’ quarterbacks coach in 2013.
“You’ve got the experienced guy with the young guy,” Pederson said. “One thing with Matt, you’re going to keep the continuity together in the quarterback room, plus it (helps) the development of him and his career.
“Then you’ve got the experienced guy in Coach Childress there that can bring Matt along, and he and Coach Reid have a long track record together. So keep an eye on them, and good things will happen.”
Nagy will also assume Pederson’s role as the sole voice in quarterback Alex Smith’s headset, an important job when it comes to relaying plays and keeping the rhythm of the offense running smoothly.
“It will be something that Alex will have to get used to, you know, with a different voice in his head,” Pederson said. “That will come. You start in OTAs with the radio (in the helmet), and you go from there.”
Pederson pleased to hire former Chiefs assistants
Pederson said he was pleased to lure two former Chiefs assistants — offensive line coach Eugene Chung and quality control coach Dino Vasso — with him to Philadelphia.
“I think they’re great coaches, they’re great young coaches,” Pederson said.
Chung was the Chiefs’ assistant offensive line coach, while Vasso was a secondary assistant.
“Dino’s an exceptional coach on defense, and (this is) giving him a chance to grow now as a defensive coach, even though he’ll work as a quality control and secondary coach,” Pederson said. “Same thing with Eugene: gives him a chance to further his coaching career.
“And outside of that, they’re good friends of mine.”