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Thursday, January 29, 2009
AFC West news and notes

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The Kansas City Star looks at the first 15 days of the Scott Pioli era. The Chiefs' new boss is trying to figure out who his new coach will be. Speculation around the league continues to center around Arizona offensive coordinator Todd Haley who will be available to interview after Sunday's Super Bowl.

Pittsburgh receiver Santonio Holmes stuck up for San Diego linebacker Matt Wilhelm, who gave him a high five after his punt return for a touchdown against San Diego in the playoffs. Holmes said it was just one college teammate reaching out to another. Holmes and Wilhelm went to Ohio State.

The Oakland Tribune is reporting that new quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett could potentially end up the team's offensive coordinator. Al Saunders is also a candidate to join what is expected to be Tom Cable's staff.

The word around the league is that Detroit may soon talk to former Denver general manager Ted Sundquist about a position. Sundquist was a finalist for the Kansas City general manager's job that went to Pioli.