DL coach Brendan Daly didn't want to leave Patriots, but it's worked out with Chiefs

Ryan Hannable
January 29, 2020 - 10:41 am

Brendan Daly is a pretty fortunate guy, as for the fourth time in four years he is coaching in the Super Bowl.

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The former Patriots defensive line coach was with New England for the previous three and is with the Chiefs this year.

Daly left New England a week following the Super Bowl win over the Rams last year to take the same position in Kansas City. His contract was expiring and although it wasn't an easy decision, it was the right one for him.

“I had no desire or anticipation to leave New England. I really didn’t,” Daly said this week in Miami, via the Boston Herald. “And to be honest, it was a very difficult decision for me. That’s a hard place to leave. It really was, particularly after the success we had there and the relationships and the people.

“But there were a number of things that lined up all at the same time that led me here.”

One of the reasons was Daly's wife is from the Kansas City area.

Daly acknowledged he's been asked to do some different things with the Chiefs under defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, but it's allowed him to grow as a coach.

“I think change forces you to adapt to different things. I got very accustomed to the way we did things in New England and absolutely loved the way we did things there. When you have a level of success, it’s easy to buy in on those types of things.

"And then you come somewhere else and you’ve got to be open-minded and embrace whatever the team or the coach or the coordinator wants. … It’s helped me grow for sure.”

Daly leads a group that has some pretty effective players, including defensive tackle Chris Jones.

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