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Meet the Chiefs’ other future NFL head coach, former Buc Mike Kafka

Kafka was a backup on the Bucs in 2014 but did not appear in a regular-season game.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes runs drills with coach Mike Kafka during practice on Jan. 29, 2020, in Davie ahead of Super Bowl 54 last season.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes runs drills with coach Mike Kafka during practice on Jan. 29, 2020, in Davie ahead of Super Bowl 54 last season. [ BRYNN ANDERSON | Associated Press (2020) ]
Published Feb. 1

Although much of the NFL’s future-head-coach focus has been on Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, there’s another offensive assistant on Kansas City’s staff with the potential to be leading an NFL team soon:

Former Bucs quarterback Mike Kafka.

“He’s just getting started in this thing,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said.

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Kafka, 33, bounced around the league for six years as a backup quarterback. He spent 2014 with the Bucs behind Josh McCown and Mike Glennon but did not appear in a game.

After his playing career ended, Kafka got into coaching — first as an offensive graduate assistant at Northwestern and then with the Chiefs. He quickly rose from quality control coach to quarterbacks coach and now quarterbacks coach/passing coordinator.

His work with superstar Patrick Mahomes attracted head-coaching interest this offseason.

“And rightly so,” Reid said. “I know his future is bright.”

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