AFC West news and notes
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
• Denver owner Pat Bowlen reiterated that new general manager Brian Xanders and new coach Josh McDaniels will both report to him. When he fired Mike Shanahan, who ran the team for 14 years, Bowlen said he would run the franchise.
This move is another sign that he will. Bowlen was upset that the team lost its reputation as being one of the best run teams in the NFL in recent years. Bowlen wanted his luster back and he is continuing to do it. The early word is that Denver could hire a new personnel head to work under Xanders. That decision could be made in the coming months.
• All continues to be quiet in Kansas City where the Chiefs haven't announced any coaching hirings since Todd Haley was named head coach six days ago. Names such as Miami defensive assistant Todd Bowles and former St. Louis interim coach Jim Haslett are being mentioned for the defensive coordinator's job, and Arizona assistants Russ Grimm and Maurice Carthon has been mentioned for the offensive coordinator job.
Chan Gailey, the offensive coordinator in Kansas City last season, could also be in the mix to stick around. While the Chiefs have been quiet, they must move quickly. The NFL combine starts in less than a week and most coaches go to the combine.
• The San Francisco Chronicle reports that both Oakland quarterback JaMarcus Russell and running back Darren McFadden underwent offseason surgery. Neither situation is expected to affect the players' 2009 seasons.
• With Oakland signing cornerback Chris Johnson to a four-year deal, backup Stanford Routt could be a trade possibility for Oakland. It isn't a great year for cornerbacks in free agency so a team could potentially try to pursue Routt through a trade.