Reid adds more coaching firepower in Ault

May, 13, 2013
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Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is collecting quite the stash off offensive know-how.

Reid hired Pistol offensive innovator Chris Ault as a consultant Monday. The former Nevada coach is well respected in the coaching community. He was Colin Kaepernick’s college coach.

Now, he will work with Alex Smith. Kaepernick is the reason why Smith is no longer in San Francisco.

Don’t get this wrong -- Ault’s presence doesn’t necessarily mean the Chiefs will run the Pistol all the time. After all, Smith is not a great fit for that particular scheme.

It just means Reid, known as one of the best offensive-minded coaches in the NFL, wants to get his team up to speed on the Pistol offense. Several teams are using it with success. I think Ault is being brought in to get the defense up to speed on stopping the Pistol as much as he is to help out the offense.

Earlier in the offseason, Reid hired former Vikings head coach Brad Childress and gave him the title of Spread Game Analyst/Special Projects. Childress was Reid’s offensive coordinator in Philadelphia.

These are smart moves from Reid. He is getting his team caught up in today’s NFL, including getting his teams prepared for everything on both sides of the ball. That’s good leadership.

In other AFC West notes:

As expected, the Chargers are moving Marcus Gilchrist from cornerback to strong safety. He was drafted as a cornerback but strong safety is considered his natural spot. He has a chance to start if Brandon Taylor is not ready to return from a torn ACL he suffered in Week 17. Shareece Wright has the inside track of starting opposite Derek Cox at cornerback.

The Chargers are planning to protect Manti Te’o as the polarizing rookie transitions to the NFL.

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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