Gibbs Takes Job With Chiefs

Auburn's defensive coordinator is headed to the National Football League.

Auburn, Ala.--David Gibbs, who spent one year as defensive coordinator for the Auburn Tigers, is returning to pro football.

On Thursday evening Gibbs accepted a job as an assistant coach with the National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs.

"This was a difficult decision to make, but after examining what was best for my family and myself, I have accepted a position with the Kansas City Chiefs to become their secondary coach," Gibbs said. "My wife, Debbie, and I carefully thought through this process before coming to this decision.

"She is from Lawrence, Kan., and her family lives in Lawrence. With a second child on the way, this was the perfect opportunity to get closer to her home.

"I want to thank Coach Tuberville for the opportunity that he gave me at Auburn," Gibbs added. "We enjoyed our time here and will miss the players, staff and Auburn community. War Eagle!"

Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville says that last week Gibbs told him that he wanted to consider several job offers in the NFL and then make a decision on whether or not he wanted to coach at the college or pro level.

The Tigers finished sixth in the SEC and 19th nationally in total defense under Gibbs, allowing 315.25 yards per game. The Tigers were ranked third in the SEC and sixth nationally in scoring defense, giving up an average of 15.5 points per game.

Gibbs, who also coached the secondary, saw his team finish seventh in the SEC and 32nd nationally in passing yards allowed at 199.0 per contest.

Tuberville says since meeting with Gibbs last week he has been checking out possible replacements.

"I have already started looking knowing that David was looking," he says. "When there is a chance you might lose somebody, you have to start getting your information together and start looking."

Auburn's head coach, who has had three defensive coordinators in his seven seasons at AU, says he will be working to bring in a replacement for Gibbs as soon as possible with spring training scheduled to start on Feb. 18th.

"We appreciate the hard work and efforts that David gave to the Auburn football program over the last year," Tuberville said Thursday night. "He did an excellent job as our defensive coordinator this past season and I know he'll continue to be successful in the future.

"We hate to see David and Debbie leave, but we understand their situation. They were a big part of our success this year and we wish them the best in their new endeavor. We'll begin our search immediately for a replacement."

Gibbs, the son of former Auburn and NFL assistant Alex Gibbs, began his coaching career in 1991 as a graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma after playing for Colorado.

He grew up around Auburn football and graduated from Auburn High School. He coached in 1993-94 as a graduate assistant at Colorado and was hired in 1995 to coach defensive backs at Kansas.

Gibbs got his first coordinator post in 1997 at the University of Minnesota, where he spent four seasons. He joined the NFL's Denver Broncos in 2001 and was on the staff there as a secondary coach prior to coming to Auburn.

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