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DaneMcCloud
03-24-2008, 02:58 PM
http://www.kansascity.com/385/story/544375.html

Gunther will take on Chiefs LBs this season
By ADAM TEICHER The Kansas City Star

Defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham also will coach the Chiefs linebackers this season.

“His role on the team will be even stronger,’’ linebacker Derrick Johnson said today as the Chiefs started their off-season conditioning program. “That’s what he wants. He wants to be more involved with the players. Being a coordinator and not being a position coach, he was always saying to (former linebackers coach Don Blackmon), ‘Teach them this and teach them that and I’m going to do my own thing’ Now he’s going to be right in the room teaching it himself. That’s all good.’’

Cunningham coached linebackers for the Chiefs in 1997 and also has done it for the Raiders and Titans.

The move is aimed in part at getting more from Johnson. The Chiefs believe he has Pro Bowl potential.

“I’m excited about this, real excited about this,’’ Johnson said. “That’s going to be interesting, I would say. Gun coached Keith Bulluck and Derrick Thomas, so he’s coached a lot of Pro Bowl linebackers. It’s going to be a little different, but in a good way.’’

The Chiefs have also been disappointed in middle linebacker Napoleon Harris since signing him last year. They signed Demorrio Williams this month to possibly take Harris’ starting spot.

RustShack
03-24-2008, 02:59 PM
Its like the 4th time I've read this today..

Brock
03-24-2008, 03:10 PM
Its like the 4th time I've read this today..

The ticker doesn't count.

stlchiefs
03-24-2008, 03:18 PM
One less defensive coach on the sideline. Not to mention, more control in a coach who has not brought all he has offered. Is this a good thing?

dirk digler
03-24-2008, 03:22 PM
Great now our LB's will suck even worse

stlchiefs
03-24-2008, 03:23 PM
The ticker doesn't count.

Don't tell AustinChief that

RustShack
03-24-2008, 03:25 PM
I think Gun's best position is at LB coach... I honestly think he is an upgrade over who we had before. Now being both DC and LB coach could be diffrent, but if he was just LB coach I think hes a definate upgrade.

BigVE
03-24-2008, 03:25 PM
If it somehow improves our defense then that is fine with me. BUT, this could also do something else: put all the decision making and "power" into one coaches hands and we STILL under-achieve or suck and it's easy grounds for firing the guy. No excuses.

keg in kc
03-24-2008, 03:29 PM
Too bad that's not all he's doing.

beach tribe
03-24-2008, 03:34 PM
If it somehow improves our defense then that is fine with me. BUT, this could also do something else: put all the decision making and "power" into one coaches hands and we STILL under-achieve or suck and it's easy grounds for firing the guy. No excuses.

With Herm, and Gun on the team the LB coach had ZERO "power" anyway.

KCChiefsFan88
03-24-2008, 03:35 PM
I could make this sound pretty tasteless... but I'll just say that Goonther's career has not been the same since Derrick Thomas passed away. Goonther has been exposed as a fraud without DT/Neil Smith/Dale Carter (before drugs)/James Hasty caliber talent on defense.

Goonther has failed as a defensive coach with the Chiefs post-Derrick Thomas, he's failed as a head coach, he's failed as a talent evaluator (see Carlos Hall, see Kendrell Bell).

The fact the Chiefs continue to not only employ Goonther, but expand his responsibilities only further highlights this franchise's commitment to mediocrity.

Duck Dog
03-24-2008, 03:35 PM
If I were the secretary to the linebackers coach, I'd be surfing Monster.com.

Deberg_1990
03-24-2008, 04:21 PM
If it would have said: Gunther demoted to Linebackers coach, i might have been excited.

SNR
03-24-2008, 04:45 PM
So we have two LB coaches? :spock:

Mr. Laz
03-24-2008, 04:59 PM
So we have two LB coaches? :spock:

hopefully this means we have 2 defensive Coordinators too.

head coach/defensive coord - Herman Edwards
Offensive everything - Chan Gailey
Defensive Coord/linebackers coach - goonther

keeps herm out of the offense and gives a 1/2 demotion to Goonther.

all of them are closer to their proper coaching level.


now if we could just get a real head coach and real GM then we pick actually do something.

Skip Towne
03-24-2008, 05:30 PM
If they hadn't made this announcement would anybody have noticed?

Halfcan
03-24-2008, 05:52 PM
Johnson does have Probowl talent-but you can't send him out chasing down TE's every play. He needs to be blitzing from every angle including the hotdog stand.

Give the man more responsibity-he deserves it. DJ is an incredible talent and Class act-all the way.

the Talking Can
03-24-2008, 06:05 PM
well, Gunther has thrown every FA, draft pick, and coach he wanted under the bus...at least there is no one left for him to blame....