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Former Northwestern quarterback Mike Kafka hired as Kansas City Chiefs’ QBs coach

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Former Northwestern quarterback Mike Kafka has been hired as the Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterbacks coach, per multiple reports.

Kafka played at Northwestern from 2006-2009, and is best remembered for his 532-yard, 5-total TD performance against Auburn in the 2010 Outback Bowl. He threw for 3,430 yards during that 2009 season after compiling less than 900 in backup duties in his first three years.

He was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft, spent a couple seasons on their roster, and then bounced around the league for a while. He had some productive preseason games but only attempted 16 regular season passes, all with the Eagles in 2012, throwing 2 picks.

Kafka was a graduate assistant focusing on wide receivers with Northwestern during the 2016 season, the year Austin Carr was a Biletnikoff Award finalist. He was hired by the Chiefs as an offensive quality control coach in February 2017 and served in that role until landing this job as quarterbacks coach.

As one of the embedded tweets gets at, Kafka will likely be in charge of developing 10th-overall pick Patrick Mahomes II over the coming years. It has been reported that Kansas City wants to move on from 33 year-old Alex Smith.

A couple people currently or formerly involved with the Northwestern program reacted to the news:

This was Fitz a week ago:

Congrats, Mike!