Haley Adds Carthon To Staff

Todd Haley continued to add to his coaching staff announcing Thursday afternoon that Maurice Carthon will serve as assistant head coach.

Carthon comes over from the Arizona Cardinals, where he spent the last two seasons as the team’s running backs coach.  He’s the third member of that Cardinals staff to follow Haley, joining Clancy Pendergast and Dedric Ward.

He also brings another Bill Parcells protege to join Haley and Bill Muir, along with Scott Pioli.

While the team’s release of the information says only that Carthon’s title is assistant head coach, it would appear that Carthon will handle the running backs for the Chiefs staff.   That’s certainly something he knows a lot about, having spent 11 years in pro football playing the fullback position.  Coming out of Arkansas State, he played for three years (1983-85) with the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League.  Although his main duties were to block for Herschel Walker with the Generals, he did run for 1,042 yards and 11 touchdowns during the 1984 USFL season.

He then spent seven seasons with the New York Giants (1985-91) and a final season with the Indianapolis Colts (1992).   He was part of the Giants Super Bowl winning teams under Bill Parcells in the 1986 and 1990 seasons.

Carthon now owns 15 years of coaching experience in the NFL. Prior to his two seasons in Arizona, he was the offensive coordinator for Romeo Crennel with the Cleveland Browns (2005-06).  Before that, he was the offensive coordinator/running backs coach for two seasons under Parcells with the Dallas Cowboys (2003-04).  He was two seasons with the Detroit Lions (2001-02), first as running backs coach and then offensive coordinator for head coach Marty Mornhinweg.  Carthon was the running backs coach for four years with the New York Jets (1997-2000), three of those years under Parcells and the last under Al Groh. He was Groh’s assistant head coach in 2000.

Carthon began his coaching career with the New England Patriots (1994-96) under Parcells as an offensive assistant, running backs coach and special teams assistant.
Haley announced the responsibilities of six other members of Kansas City’s coaching staff: Chan Gailey (offensive coordinator), Bob Bicknell (tight ends), Joe D’Alessandris (assistant offensive line), Steve Hoffman (special teams), Bill Muir (offensive line) and Dedric Ward (wide receivers).

Only position missing would seem to be quarterbacks coach, although those duties may fall to Gailey.

The addition of Carthon now gives the Chiefs four different coaches who have held the title of offensive coordinator in the NFL: Carthon, Haley, Gailey and Muir.

8 Responses to “Haley Adds Carthon To Staff”

  • February 19, 2009  - tm1946 says:

    Many pro teams flip flop from one side of the ball to the other, I hope the Chiefs are not going from a Def coach to an Off one. We seem to have at least three guys who represent the Offensive side Haley, Chan and now Carthon. I hope we have some presence on the Defense side to help influence the draft and free agency. I do not know the coaches who have been hired already.

  • February 19, 2009  - ll says:

    They basically ran Carthon out of Cleveland. He was demoted from Offensive coordinator midseason and eventually fired.

  • February 19, 2009  - Rich says:

    Are we waiting for another hire on defense? Do we have the coordinator? I assume the coaches haven’t received their titles because that remains open.

  • February 19, 2009  - jimbo says:

    I would suspect the defensive coaching staff will be completed and named by Sunday. Haley will need to devote his time on the Combine, not new coaching hires. Like alot of people, I agree there is a holdup somewhere on the new defensive coaching staff.

  • February 19, 2009  - Hank says:

    Would you please compare/explain the difference between running/passing out of the spread offense and running/passing out of shotgun. The big question for Tyler T.is why can’t you run the ball out of the shotgun or the spread?

  • February 19, 2009  - Chris_Texas says:

    Well it seems to be shaping up with a good mix of coaches. Lots of experience and all seem to have spent time with Parcells so the scheme will be the same. I hope Haley/Pioli can pull Romeo out of the Hat that would make this the one of the best coaching staffs. Although Pendergast and Gibbs seem to be qualified to hold the DC I would think Pendergast would get it but it sure would be nice to bring Romeo in.

  • February 20, 2009  - Scott says:

    Is it just me, or does anyone else have serious anxiety about the upcoming season? I mean, new management, new coaching staff, (almost) new stadium…what is next? I’m torn between excitement and fear. I guess I lean toward excitement – but its not much of a lean. Regardless…GO CHIEFS!

  • February 20, 2009  - ILChiefsFan says:

    I hear you, Scott.

    I’m really looking forward to this coming season, but I’m trying to keep my expectations in check. Considering the wholesale changes that have been (and, reportedly, will be) made, it may take the team a while to start playing their best football.

    Right now I’m limiting expectations to what they were at the beginning of last year: clear, steady improvement over the course of the season. (And, this year, more than 2 wins!)

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