More Parcells Blood … Friday Cup O’Chiefs

The Parcells transfusion to the Kansas City Chiefs continues.

As Todd Haley remakes his coaching staff for the 2000 season, there appears to be one requirement for a job: the new coach must have been part of the New York Jets in 1999.

Charlie Weis, Romeo Crennel, Richie Anderson, Anthony Pleasant and Bernie Parmalee (left) all have been hired to full-time coaching jobs with the 2010 Chiefs and they share only one obvious trait: they were all working in some capacity for Parcells with the Jets in that ‘99 season. So was Haley, who was in his first year as a position coach, handling the wide receivers. The offensive line coach of the Jets that season was Bill Muir, now the Chiefs O-Line coach.

Weis was the team’s offensive coordinator, Crennel was the defensive line coach and Anderson, Pleasant and Parmalee were all on the Jets roster. Anderson and Parmalee were running backs, working with Weis. Pleasant was the starting right defensive end and Crennel was his position coach.

The coaching moves the Chiefs announced on Thursday were evidence of Haley working towards creating a staff that has the same foundation and values of his personality and constitution as head coach.

He did not have that last year.

Whether because it was mandated to him by those above (Clark Hunt and/or Scott Pioli), or because he was so late getting the job as Chiefs head coach that options for the coaching staff were limited, Haley’s ‘09 staff was a hodgepodge of personalities and approaches to the game. There were six coaches that were carried over from Herm Edwards staff in ‘08 to last year’s group: offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, tight ends coach Bob Bicknell, assistant offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris, defensive line coach Tim Krumrie and strength and conditioning coaches Cedric Smith and Brent Salazar.

Only Smith and Salazar are left, as far as anybody knows; there have been no announcements of any changes to their status. Gailey was fired back in early September, replaced by Haley and now Weis. Bicknell has gone on to Gailey’s Buffalo coaching staff, replaced by Parmalee. Also going to the Bills, D’Alessandris’ spot on the Haley’s staff has been filled by Pat Perles, who was moved over from defensive quality control. No one has been named to take Krumrie’s spot as defensive line coach, although that’s the position Crennel has handled in the past. Pleasant will certainly spend his time working there, although his title is defensive assistant.

So in year No. 2, Haley’s coaching staff is starting to take a shape that is more fitting to his personality and how he wants to approach the game. On paper, it’s also a better coaching staff than the one the Chiefs had last year. Weis and Crennel are major upgrades on both sides of the football in comparison to Haley as offensive coordinator and Clancy Pendergast as defensive coordinator. In combination with Steve Hoffman handling the kicking game, the team now has three talented and proven coordinators.

Bicknell-D’Alessandris-Krumrie are talented coaching veterans who can get the job done in the right situation. It’s readily apparent that right situation was not working with Haley in Kansas City. Whether Parmalee-Anderson-Pleasant are coaches of the same quality, they will have to show that in the ‘10 season. One thing for sure: they have a better understanding of what Haley wants and expects.

That’s because they are all branches from that Parcells tree.


ANDERSON: A native of Maryland, he will not turn 39 until the first week of the 2010 season. Anderson played 13 seasons in the NFL, after coming out of Penn State University as a sixth-round choice in the 1993 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. He sent 10 seasons with the Jets and then two years with the Cowboys under Parcells before a herniated disc in his neck ended his playing career. Anderson joined the Jets staff in 2005 for two seasons. In 2007, he went to Arizona to join the Cardinals staff of first-year head coach Ken Whisenhunt. But in March of that year, he was arrested on charges of soliciting a prostitute, who turned out to be an undercover Phoenix police officer. The Cardinals fired him and he was out of work until Haley brought him in last October to take over the receiver position.

PARMALEE: The 42-year old New Jersey native spent nine seasons playing for the Dolphins (1992-98) and Jets (1999-2000). He took part in a tryout with the Dolphins after working for UPS after he came out of Ball State. In 2002 he started a three-year stint with the Dolphins as special teams and tight ends coach on Dave Wannstedt’s coaching staff. He moved on to Weis’ staff with the Fighting Irish, where for five seasons he handled special teams and tight ends. Parmalee helped develop a couple of Irish TEs that were second round selections in the NFL Draft: Anthony Fasano in 2006 and John Carlson in 2008. Both have put together good starts to their pro careers.

PLEASANT: He worked with the Chiefs all through the ‘09 season, spending extra time with outside linebackers and defensive ends and teaching them pass rush moves. The 42-year old Florida native played 14 seasons in the NFL, starting as a third round selection in the 1990 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. Pleasant played six seasons with the Browns and one with the Ravens in their first season playing in Baltimore. He moved on to the Falcons, Jets, 49ers and Patriots, where he won a pair of Super Bowl rings in his final two seasons. This is his first coaching job.


The Buffalo News ran an interview with new Bills GM Buddy Nix and he talked about why he surprised many people by hiring Chan Gailey as his new head coach.

Nix knew Gailey’s history and was not knocked off the idea of hiring him even though Gailey was fired as offensive coordinator of the Chiefs. Here’s what Nix had to say:

“I know Kansas City because we played them twice a year (Nix worked for the San Diego Chargers through 2008). We know the division. He didn’t have a lot to work with, and he still got a lot done offensively. He adjusted to (Tyler) Thigpen. Give me a break. Then look at what happened to the offense after he left. My view of him was already high, but it was raised by his job at Kansas City.”


FREENEY’S ANKLE – The league was buzzing on Friday about the sprained ankle of Colts DE Dwight Freeney. He suffered the injury in last Sunday’s AFC Championship Game and has not practiced this week with the Indy defense. In fact, he will not attend Pro B owl ceremonies on Sunday with the rest of the Colts nominated for the game. Freeney will stay in Indy for treatment of the injury. The Colts reported that S Melvin Bullitt (knee) and CB Jerraud Powers (foot) did not practice on Thursday.

COLTS SEEK HELP - Two former Saints defensive backs have spent time this week with the Indianapolis Colts, according to New Orleans radio station WWL. The report says the Colts worked out both Mike McKenzie and Jason David, a pair of veteran cornerbacks. McKenzie played in five games with the Saints during the ‘09 season. David was with the Colts when they won the Super Bowl after the 2006 season, but then signed with New Orleans as a free agent. He was released before the start of the ‘09 season.

WHO OWNS WHO DAT? – The always vigilant NFL is stirring up a ruckus in New Orleans over the “Who Dat?” chant that the Saints fans have used for so long. Some t-shirt makers in the Crescent City have put those words in gold on black t-shirts. The league says that’s a violation of their trademarks and has issued cease and desist letters to several merchants. But the league does not have the rights to “Who Dat?” That belongs to New Orleans musicians Sal & Steve Monistere. Steve recorded the Who Dat chant in 1983, and he recorded a “Who Dat” single with members of the Saints offensive line and singer Aaron Neville.

WIN OR NOT, SAINTS GET PARADE – Whether the New Orleans Saints are successful in their first visit to the Super Bowl, the folks in New Orleans are going to hold a parade. Next Tuesday afternoon, there will be a parade to honor the Saints and their achievements for the past season. The march will go off whether the team beats Indianapolis or not. “This has been historic,” said Ceeon Quiett , spokeswoman for New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. “The goal was always to have a celebration to honor the achievements of the Saints.”


  • BRONCOS – promoted linebackers coach Don Martindale to defensive coordinator. He’s the fifth coordinator in five years for the Denver defense. Head coach Josh McDaniels said they would retain the base 3-4 scheme.
  • CHARGERS – announced they would not be raising ticket prices for the 2010 season, the second year in a row that San Diego ownership.
  • JAGUARS – hired Earnest Byner as running backs coach.


On January 29, 1995, the San Francisco 49ers beat the San Diego Chargers 49-26 in Super Bowl XXIX at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami. It was the fifth Super Bowl victory for the 49ers, as they became the first NFL team to achieve that mark. It was also Steve Young’s title, as he finally was able to win a championship out of the shadows of Joe Montana.

Going into Sunday’s game, everyone thought San Francisco was close to unbeatable, as the Niners were considered 18.5-point favorites over the Chargers, who were making their first Super Bowl appearance. The dominating performance was obvious early, as the Niners needed just three players after the opening kickoff for their first score, as Young hit the first of his six touchdown passes, this one 44 yards to WR Jerry Rice. The next time San Francisco’s offense had the ball; Young threw a 51-yard TD pass to RB Ricky Watters, giving the Niners a 14-0 lead just five minutes into the game.

Young later threw two more touchdown passes to Rice (seven and 15 yards), another one to waters from eight yards and then a five-yard scoring toss to FB William Floyd. Watters also scored on a nine-yard run. San Diego’s scores came on a one-yard TD from RB Natrone Means, a 98-yard kickoff return by Andre Coleman and a 30-yard scoring play between QB Stan Humphries and WR Tony Martin.

With his six touchdown passes, Young was voted the game’s MVP award. He completed 24 of 36 passes for 325 yards and he also ran for 49 yards. Rice caught 10 passes for 149 yards and three TDs. Watters had 108 yards in total offense with three scores.

The officiating crew was led by referee Jerry Markbreit. Hank Williams Jr. performed during pre-game ceremonies. The national anthem was performed by Kathie Lee Gifford, while the half-time entertainment was provided by Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Arturo Sandoval and the Miami Sound Machine. ABC carried the television broadcast, with commentary from Al Michaels, Dan Dierdorf and Frank Gifford. A 30-second commercial went for $1.15 million, the first time the cost went over $1 million. The audience was estimated at 83.4 million viewers.


Born on January 29, 1982 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas was WR Mark Bradley (left). He joined the Chiefs in 2008 and remained with the team through games of the 2009 season. Bradley originally entered the league as a second-round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, where he played three seasons. He played in games with starts with the Chiefs, catching passes for yards and touchdowns. He also threw a 37-yard TD pass during the ‘08 season to QB Tyler Thigpen. Bradley finished the ‘09 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Born on January 29, 1983 in Houston was the Chiefs current long snapper Thomas Gafford. He joined the team in 2008 and played through the 2009 season, snapping in 25 games. Gafford played his college football at the University of Houston and spent time in training camp with Green Bay, Seattle and Chicago before joining the Chiefs in late October of ‘08.

27 Responses to “More Parcells Blood … Friday Cup O’Chiefs”

  • January 29, 2010  - Mad Chief says:

    Well, Haley seems to be getting his coaches in oder to his liking. He said it would take two years to get his staff in place. Obviously, he wasn’t joking.

    Now, there should be no more excuses. Not that he’s really given any. But, with this staff…it’s time to get the players we need and get this team on the winning track. It’s time.

    I sure hope this Parcells / Belichick “tree” thing turns out to be the right combination for the Chiefs. Anything less than 8-8 next season, and I will consider it a failure.

  • January 29, 2010  - Harold C. says:

    The Chiefs will be winners in 2010.

  • January 29, 2010  - jimbo says:

    Now that the Haley coaching staff has been assembled, I’m counting on Scott Pioli & his scouting crew pulling a few rabbits out of the drafting hat.
    I sense a turning point for this franchise. As long as we continue to get better, I will be patient. But, boy oh boy, we have so much work to do.
    Go Chiefs.

  • January 29, 2010  - Mad Chief says:

    jimbo says:
    “As long as we continue to get better, I will be patient.”

    Well Jimbo, as bad as I hate to say it…the Chiefs need to START getting better before they can “continue” getting better.

    I’m confident, though. Bad thing is, I was confident last year too.

  • January 29, 2010  - TimR says:

    I really hate to say this, but changing a culture is a process. I know. I know…

    This new regime has been true to its word in what they said they were going to do & how they were going to go about things. We are poised to begin taking advantage of any increase in talent level much moreso than last year. I just kind of sucks that this year the FA stuff is in flux & will be likely limited do to the CBA that exists in an uncapped year.

  • January 29, 2010  - jimbo says:

    Mad Chief;
    It is highly debatable that the Chiefs were better in 09. All I can say is, that as the season progressed, I was pleased with both the offense & defense working better together & no quit attitude. Also a few players with rising stars, which henceforth is giving me confidence for 2010.

  • January 29, 2010  - SG says:

    “The Parcells transfusion to the Kansas City Chiefs continues.”

    Mr. Pioli and Coach Haley, if the “Pats & Parcells” management and coaching fraternity can show this level of loyalty to itself, what about a bit of loyalty to this organization’s best players as well? Some GREAT players have started their careers as Chiefs, any chance they can finish their careers here as well?

  • January 29, 2010  - Danny W says:

    Good coaching upgrades so far. Know lets hope they don’t reach with the number 5 overall pick and grab Dan Williams who’s projected to go in the late first early second round. Tyson Jackson any one. I will be calling for some heads if they don’t grab up Berry, Okung, or McClain. In my opinion with that high of a pick they absolutely need to come in and contribute significantly for this franchise to get back on the winning track next year. Our offensive line has been ignored far too long period. It needs hit often in the 2010.

  • January 29, 2010  - Anonymous says:


    What player(s) departure are you bitter about?
    Tony? Allen? Who?

  • January 29, 2010  - TimR says:

    That Iupati is a MONSTER & has some versatilty. I could really see him as a RG replacement for Shields for a LONG time… Remember, Shields sometimes filled in at LT in a pinch…and did ok. This guy might not be able to fill in at LT, but RT might work, if he had to.

    I really don’t think they’ll take a LT & move Albert unless they have THE GUY that have NO Question about. O’Callaghan did ok after he returned from injury. The real holes were at RG & C. That would seem to point to a LB or possible trade of some sort.

  • January 29, 2010  - SG says:

    “What player(s) departure are you bitter about?”

    Past history shows a tendency by the GM to let go of fan favorites (Troy Brown in NE among others). Doesn’t it seem inconsistent that the GM and head coach would show such loyalty to guys they have been affiliated with (all these Parcells guys…having Clancy Pendergast as the D-Coordinator in 2009 with KC even though he was fired from AZ – from a Super Bowl team…etc.) and yet show a history of letting star players go? I hope it doesn’t prove to be their “Achilles heel” (reference Vermeil loyalty to Greg Robinson).

  • January 29, 2010  - SG says:

    “That would seem to point to a LB or possible trade of some sort.”

    Who would be a credible candidate to trade up into the 5-slot (what team and what picks would they give up)?

  • January 29, 2010  - bigvess says:

    I love the changes in coaching personel now all they need is to put the players in place . I would love to see Wilfork for that need at NT. As for as the draft I think we will select either Berry or Okung in the first.If Berry is gone then there will be a load of safeties in the second and third rounds . I think they will go WR as the second pick behind the first second pick of the safety position. Shipley,Tate,Alexander,Briscoe he might go early third. Weatherspoon could be there at linebacker if the recievers I just mention are gone in the second round. Man three months away before KC give their gifts to the fans . My Super Bowl pick will be the New Orleans Saints over the Colts.

  • January 29, 2010  - bigvess says:

    What I mean by gifts I mean draft choice gifts.

  • January 29, 2010  - David Henderson says:


  • January 29, 2010  - Jim Lloyd + says:

    Go down the list of teams KC faces next year , not only is this so different from having all those top rated teams , but this team is starting to work and play TOGETHER .
    Scott & Todd (Clark Kent ) Thanks

  • January 29, 2010  - Mark says:

    January 29, 2010 – David Henderson says:

    I din’t see the words Kansas City anywhere in that article. He’ll play where he gets paid, either in NE, or wherever they trade him to.

  • January 29, 2010  - Jim Lloyd + says:

    I meant Clark Hunt , the mild mannered Chiefs owner .

  • January 29, 2010  - arrowhead1978 says:

    I could see a scenario where the chiefs trade off Bowe and Derrick Johnson for a higher draft choice or a player to fill that NT, C, RG positions. especially since neither one of those players are high on Haleys favorites list. I would hope that isn’t the case, but it’s possible…

  • January 29, 2010  - bigvess says:

    Wow! I guess he does not want any part of kc oops! my bag well its always the draft.Good luck Wilfork

  • January 29, 2010  - bigvess says:

    Let me say this about Chan Gailey and Nix they will probally get along perfect. Nix is a old guy and will get players for cheap playing at Buffalo. Thats why the Bills will always be mediocre or worse. And as fars as Gailey goes as a head coach he might progress as a head coach but doubtful. Look what he did in Dallas Aikman was not a fan of Gailey’s offensive philosophy and his stint was short because of it.And it was Bill Cowher that recommend Gailey to Nix for the Buffalo job because no one wanted that job. So in closing next year we will see and compare who will have the better offense. Bob I think you are still bitter at the Chiefs for dismissing Gailey no matter how many excuses comes about the team was terrible under Gailey wins not stats can say it all 2-14 remember Bob 2-14!!!!

  • January 29, 2010  - ED says:

    Mark read your espn article you had on Wilfork didnt read anything that said the guy didn’t want to play here. He just said he wouldn’t mine playing in Tampa or Miami because its close to home. I mean players will play anywhere they’ll get the money. Raiders still sign big name players even though they have a 7 yr streak of 10 plus losses. So if we offering the right dough he could be the nose for KC defense.

    As for arrowhead1978 heck NO we’re not trading Bowe for anything. That would be stupid. We need receivers as bad as lineman. Why would we trade the only good young one on the roster. Thats not going to happen. Maybe DJ because he’s underachieving but with us not needing to create personel problems at linebacker position might make sense to keep him around too.

  • January 29, 2010  - ED says:

    As for article good to see Haley getting the right mix of coaches this offseason. I knew him getting hired so late would set him back last season. That being said not bad job winning 4 games last season. We’ll see that total double this season once we add the good players to go along with the coaching. Expect alot of young guys to get even better to help put this team over the top. Guys like Magee, Jackson, Dorsey, Bowe, etc.

  • January 30, 2010  - SG says:

    “I would hope that isn’t the case, but it’s possible…”

    Also “possible” is the sale of the team and moving it to Los Angeles, then paying Al Davis $10-billion for the rights to call our team the Raiders. By the way, I’m newly in the real estate business…I have some South Florida property I’d like to sell you…it’s a very hot piece of property.

  • January 30, 2010  - David Henderson says:

    yeah thats right Mark, Wilfork didn’t mention KC one time did he, point proven

  • January 30, 2010  - Merwin in NY says:

    As I recall everyone wanted Matt Cassel last year and the Pat’s made him the franchise player and he signed the one year tender. Then he was traded to the Chiefs for a second round pick. I wonder if that could happen again this year with Wilfork. The amount of time that Bowe and Johnson played also made me wonder if they might just be used for trade fodder, just a thought?

  • January 30, 2010  - dinomight says:

    Merwin, you are right!!!

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