AFC West news and notes: Haley to the Chiefs?

January, 20, 2009
1/20/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Cris Collinsworth is thinking what a lot of folks around the NFL are thinking: Todd Haley will be the next coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Collinsworth told the Kansas City Star that he believes the Chiefs will hire the Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator as head coach. It makes sense and that's why it is making the rounds.

Haley, who has also been on Oakland's radar, is hot because of the Cardinals' Super Bowl run. His mentor is Bill Parcells. Parcells is the father-in-law of new Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli who will be deciding who the Chiefs' next coach will be.

The Chiefs' offense is a few tweaks away from being high powered so Haley could, indeed, be a great fit. But first things are first. Pioli has to announce whether Herm Edwards is returning or being fired. Pioli has been in Kansas City for a week and no decision has been made on Edwards. It is expected at any time. With Kansas City assistants leaving, and the team not replacing any of them, the theory is that Pioli may ultimately replace Edwards.

The Oakland Tribune is reporting Al Saunders is interviewing for Oakland's offensive coordinator job. The respected NFL veteran has been a candidate for Oakland's head-coaching job in the past.

Oakland has interviewed and hired other assistant coaches while still having an opening at head coach. Many believe interim coach Tom Cable will get the job. He has been in on some assistant coaching interviews and he is at the Senior Bowl with the team. Oakland is currently the only team in the NFL without a head coach.

After hiring a defensive line and secondary coach, San Diego is still looking for a tight ends coach, an inside linebackers coach, and assistant offensive line and secondary coaches. They could fill some of the jobs at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. this week.

New Denver coach Josh McDaniels is not at the Senior Bowl because he is in Denver filling his staff. Many Denver representatives are there, though.

It is expected to be known in the coming days whether or not Chargers' quarterback Philip Rivers will replace Jets' quarterback Brett Favre at the Pro Bowl. Favre has an arm injury and Rivers is the No.1 alternate.

Interestingly, McDaniels has tabbed coaches from all three of the Broncos' AFC West rivals for his first staff. Defensive line coach Wayne Nunnely is from San Diego, linebackers coach Don Martindale is from Oakland and special teams coach Mike Priefer is from Kansas City.

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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