KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs couldn’t have found a better source for help in implementing — and maybe even defending — the pistol offensive system sweeping through the NFL.
The Chiefs have hired former Nevada coach Chris Ault, who used the modified shotgun formation to great success in the college ranks, to serve as a consultant to new coach Andy Reid, offensive coordinator Doug Pederson and the rest of the Kansas City coaching staff.
Ault’s agent, Bob LaMonte, confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on Monday. It was first reported by the Reno Gazette-Journal, which covered Ault during his college coaching years.
It wasn’t clear exactly what his duties will be, though it’s safe to say that his expertise running the pistol offense will be heavily drawn upon.
In other news, the Chiefs announced the signing of running back Knile Davis, their third-round draft pick. Davis is the third of the Chiefs’ eight draft picks to have signed a contract, joining sixth-round pick Eric Kush and seventh-round selection Mike Catapano.
The Chiefs also signed six tryout players who took part in their rookie minicamp.
They released defensive back Jose Gumbs and fullbacks Ryan D’Imperio and Nate Eachus, a Hazleton Area graduate.