Chiefs brings back former star Thomas as coach

February, 1, 2010
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Emmitt Thomas is coming home.

The Chiefs just announced the final three additions to their coaching staff. Headlining the list is Thomas, the former Chiefs star defensive back and Pro Football Hall of Famer. He will coach the defensive backs.

Thomas played for Kansas City from 1966-78. He is the team’s all-time leader with 58 interceptions. He was inducted into the team’s hall of fame in 1986. Thomas, who spent the past eight seasons in Atlanta, has coached for six NFL teams and now he comes home to where he enjoyed his greatest playing success.

Thomas has 42 years of NFL experience as a player and a coach. He is known as one of the better secondary coaches in the NFL. He will be a fine part of Romeo Crennel’s defensive staff.

The other two new coaches are tight ends coach Bernie Parmalee and defensive quality control coach Otis Smith. Parmalee was on the Notre Dame staff of new offensive coordinator Charlie Weis.

I like the additions coach Todd Haley has made to his staff. Bringing in savvy coaches such as Crennel, Weis and Thomas will help this team immensely. While they still need a lot more talent, the Chiefs are headed in the right direction.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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