KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs have fired
offensive coordinator Mike Solari and three other assistant coaches
following a 4-12 season.
Solari, offensive line coach John Matsko, receivers coach
Charlie Joiner and running backs coach James Saxon were let go
Tuesday after a season in which the Chiefs were among the worst
offensive teams in the NFL.
Solari, Saxon and Joiner had been on the staff of previous coach
Dick Vermeil. Tight ends coach Jon Embree and assistant head
coach/quarterbacks coach Dick Curl were the only offensive
assistants who were retained.
Kansas City scored just 226 points, worst for a 16-game season
in Chiefs history, and averaged 276.8 yards in total offense,
second worst in the NFL behind San Francisco.
The Chiefs also managed just 1,248 yards rushing, their worst
total in a non-strike year, and allowed 55 sacks, second most in
Solari joined the Chiefs as the offensive line coach in 1997, a
job he held under three coaches until Herm Edwards promoted him to
offensive coordinator in 2006 when Edwards became Kansas City's
"Herm did what he had to do," Solari said, according to the Kansas City Star. "We just didn't get it done offensively. It just didn't work out."
Joiner, a Hall of Fame receiver, and Saxon, a former Chiefs
player, joined the team in 2001 under Vermeil. Matsko was the
offensive line coach for St. Louis from 1999-2005 before moving
across Missouri to join Edwards in 2006.
According to the Star, Solari expects to return to coaching the offensive line for another team.
"If the opportunity arises to be a coordinator again someday, I might look at it," he said, according to the newspaper. "But for the time being, I'm going to be an offensive line coach."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.