Chiefs promote Britt Reid, Andy Reid’s son, to defensive line coach in series of staff moves

Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston (left) and new defensive line coach Britt Reid following a victory at Denver last year.
Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston (left) and new defensive line coach Britt Reid following a victory at Denver last year.

The Chiefs announced a handful of staff changes on Friday, the most notable of which was the promotion of Britt Reid — Andy Reid’s son — to defensive line coach.

Britt Reid replaces 75-year-old Tommy Brasher, who has served as the Chiefs’ defensive line coach since 2013 and has been a defensive line coach on Andy Reid’s staff since 1999, his first as Philadelphia Eagles head coach. Brasher has been shifted to special projects.

“Coach Brasher has been one of the best in the business for a long time,” Andy Reid said in a release. “After the season, we sat down together and he expressed to me that it was time for a change. He’s seen quite a bit in his 28 NFL seasons. Together we decided to put him into a special projects role, and he will continue to be a valuable asset we can use on and off the field.”

Britt Reid originally joined his father’s staff in Kansas City in 2013 as a defensive quality control coach. He was promoted to assistant defensive line coach in 2015.

Over the past few years, a handful of defensive linemen have spoken favorably of Reid’s work. Jaye Howard credited his post-practice work with Reid for helping him break out in 2015, and he also noted that he and other interior linemen regularly spent five to 10 minutes after every practice working on their technique with Reid.

Shortly after defensive end Allen Bailey received his four-year, $24 million extension in 2014, he noted that Britt Reid handed out action-figure nicknames to some of the linemen. That’s where Bailey got his nickname of “Incredible Hulk,” and it has stuck as he’s matured into a solid starting defensive lineman.

In other changes, Al Harris was elevated from assistant defensive backs coach to secondary coach with an emphasis on cornerbacks, while defensive backs coach and former Chiefs cornerback and Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Thomas will continue working with the entire secondary.

In addition, assistant quarterbacks coach Corey Matthaei will assume additional responsibility working with the offensive line — where he will help replace assistant offensive line coach Eugene Chung, who left with former offensive coordinator Doug Pederson to Philadelphia — while assistant linebackers coach Mark DeLeone will now have an expanded role on defense.

“Over the past three seasons we’ve been able to develop some very talented young coaches from within our program,” Andy Reid said in a release. “Britt, Corey and Mark all started with us as quality control coaches when I first arrived here in Kansas City. Al has done a nice job making the transition from Pro Bowl player to an effective coach.

“They’ve each grown significantly and shown me with their abilities, work ethic and knowledge of the game, that they have earned their opportunities for expanded roles.”

The Chiefs hired Joe Bleymaier to serve as offensive quality control coach, former Blue Valley West star Taylor Embree as a defensive assistant, Mike Smith as an assistant defensive line coach and Devin Woodhouse and Ryan Reynolds to the strength and conditioning staff.

Bleymaier is a graduate of Delaware, just like new co-offensive coordinator Matt Nagy. Bleymaier previously served as the director of quality of control for Colorado, which is running backs coach Eric Bieniemy’s alma mater.

Embree, a graduate assistant for UCLA, will replace Dino Vasso, who left to join Pederson’s staff in Philadelphia. His father is Jon Embree, a former Chiefs assistant in 2006-08.

Woodhouse, a former Chiefs intern, and Reynolds, an assistant strength and conditioning coach at UCLA, will help replace Brent Salazar, who left this offseason to become the Vikings’ strength and conditioning coach.