Wednesday, December 31, 2008
AFC West news and notes
By Bill Williamson
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
- Don't be surprised if Denver owner Pat Bowlen makes an announcement about his personnel department Wednesday. There is a chance the current personnel group stays and the team does not hire an outside general manager. Thus, the primary duties of the new coach will be on the field. That would likely preclude Denver from pursuing Bill Cowher.
- A Denver source disputed reports that that one of the reasons why Bowlen fired Mike Shanahan was because he wouldn't fire defensive coordinator Bob Slowik. The source said Bowlen had been planning to fire Shanahan for the past couple of days.
The Broncos will likely interview many coaching candidates and it will likely take two to three weeks before a decision is made.
- The Raiders are shooting down reports about the coaches who are rumored to be coming to Oakland.
- The word out of Kansas City is that coaches from Herman Edwards' staff are free to take other jobs during this time of limbo. The new general manager will have a major role in determining Edwards' fate.
- San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson gave a good report on his injured groin Tuesday as the team prepares for Saturday night's playoff game against Indianapolis.
- Denver quarterback Jay Cutler expressed frustration over the firing of Shanahan. Cutler was given no advance warning of the firing.