Chiefs DL coach Brendan Daly talks difficult, but worth-it departure from Patriots



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Life as an NFL coach must be good when it involves five consecutive Super Bowl runs.

Brendan Daly, former New England Patriots defensive line coach, is on his second Super Bowl run with the Kansas City Chiefs — following three straight in New England. Daly joined the Patriots as a defensive assistant in 2014 and he’s now the Chiefs’ defensive line coach/run game coordinator.

Ahead of Super Bowl LV against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Daly spoke to reporters about his stint with the Patriots.

“My time in New England was a fantastic five years,” he said, transcribed by WEEI. “I really enjoyed the people there both fans and the people in the organization and the community. It was a tremendous learning experience for me from a football standpoint. Obviously we had a tremendous amount of success on the field, which was fantastic to be able to experience. A lot of great relationships with the people there – still do.

“You know, decisions in this profession are always difficult. That was not an easy one to be honest. It is what it is. It’s a decision that I decided to make and it’s been a great one for me. I’ve enjoyed my experience here in Kansas City.”

Daly took a second to step back and recognize the situation he’s currently in.

“I’m extremely fortunate and extremely thankful,” he said. “It doesn’t go unnoticed. I kind of pinch myself on a regular basis and am thankful to be coaching football at this time of year. There’s not many people who get to do it. It’s a fun game to be a part of. Every one of them is unique. It does not get old, I can promise you that. You work extremely hard to get to this point. It’s an honor and a privilege to get that opportunity. You’re right, I’m fortunate to be in it a number of times in a row here.

“All of them are different. All of them are unique. All of them have their challenges. But they’re a blast to be a part of, no doubt about that.”

Meanwhile, the Patriots went 7-9 this season without Brady at the helm and Bill Belichick is looking to quickly turn things back around. Brady on the other hand is going for Super Bowl win No. 7.

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