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-- The NFL hiring season is just about to commence and there are two intriguing stories already floating around involving leadership positions in the AFC West.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that Bill Parcells could leave Miami. Even more interesting is that Mortensen lists the Raiders as one of the teams that could interest Parcells.
That would be wild, but it does make sense. Parcells long has had a relationship with Oakland owner Al Davis. Davis has said he would consider bringing in a personnel man in 2009.
Parcells has a track record of turning around teams and he'd be just what Oakland needs.
Still, there are many obstacles that would need to be maneuvered for this to happen. For a person of Parcells' stature to even consider Oakland is a big step for the team.
-- In Kansas City, Fox television reported that Chiefs owner Clark Hunt met with former Chiefs coach Marty Schottenheimer last week about the open leadership role in Kansas City.
The Chiefs are going to talk to many people in the next few weeks and it makes perfect sense that it starts with Schottenheimer. He is still very popular in Kansas City and his return would excite fans. I get the feeling the Chiefs are going to have a few tricks up their sleeves in the coming weeks.
-- The word in San Diego is that tickets for tonight's winner-take-all game are selling for in the $400-$500 range. Who says the economy is bad?
-- The latest game-time weather forecast for tonight's game in San Diego is for clear skies but it will be cold. The temperature is supposed to hover around 40 degrees during the game.
-- Davis is missing his first Raiders game in 29 years. Davis, 79, is dealing with knee and ankle issues.
-- NFC West blogger Mike Sando gives an interesting breakdown why John Parry may be officiating tonight's showdown in San Diego.
-- The Raiders are expected to act quickly in determining their next head coach.
-- Here's a heart-tugging story on the health of Chargers' owner Alex Spanos.
-- According to ESPN's Stats & Information, the Broncos have a minus-47 points differential and are on pace to have the worst points differential of any division winner if they win tonight in San Diego.