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Chiefs hire former Packers CB Harris to coach secondary

Jan. 25, 2013
 

Former Green Bay Packers cornerback Al Harris has landed his first NFL coaching job.

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Friday they’ve hired the 38-year-old Harris as their new secondary coach after working as a coaching intern with the Miami Dolphins last season.

Harris, who played with the Packers from 2003-09, played for new Chiefs coach Andy Reid for four seasons before being traded to Green Bay in 2003. Kansas City’s new general manager, John Dorsey, was involved in the Packers’ personnel department at the time of the trade.

A sixth-round pick by Tampa Bay in 1998, Harris started all 102 games he appeared in during his seven seasons in Green Bay with 269 tackles, 87 pass deflections and 14 interceptions. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2007 and 2008.

“Al’s playing experience over 15 years will bring a unique perspective for our players,” said Reid in a statement.

Harris inherits a Chiefs' secondary that ranked 21st in the league in pass defense in 2012, allowing 3,533 yards for the season (220.8 per game).

Elsewhere, the Raiders have announced they've hired former Packers defensive coordinator Bob Sanders (2006-08) as their new linebackers coach. Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie worked for the Packers' front office at the time.

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