Last week, it seemed that Todd Haley’s coaching staff was set.
Not so fast.
On Monday, the Houston Texans announced that Cedric Smith, the Chiefs strength and conditioning coach for the last three years, has joined the staff of head coach Gary Kubiak.
“I’m extremely excited to be here,” Smith said from his team office. “Knowing Gary Kubiak from being in Denver, I look at it as a great opportunity to be part of something special here, with a team up-and-coming and on the cusp of winning a championship.”
Smith worked with the Denver Broncos when Kubiak was there. A number of assistants on the Texans staff were also part of Mike Shanahan’s group that included Smith as an assistant strength and conditioning coach.
“To me it is a natural fit, having a chance to work with great personalities and good people that you know,” Smith said. “After having a chance to work around them and understanding their mindset, it’s just a natural fit.”
The departure of Smith leaves only his former assistant Brent Salazar as the only coach on Haley’s staff who was with the team prior to 2009.