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Tuesday, February 3, 2009
AFC West news and notes

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Welcome to the AFC West where the Raiders are on the eve of announcing the hiring of Tom Cable as coach and the Chiefs have made a move on Todd Haley. Maybe we'll have a full complement of head coaches in the division after all.

There is no word if Oakland owner Al Davis will attend Cable's news conference. There have been reports that Davis could explain that he took his time announcing the hiring of Cable because he wanted to concentrate on the assistant coaching staff because he wasn't happy with the staffs of Art Shell and Lane Kiffin, the past two Oakland head coaches.

If Davis does complain about those staffs, it should be noted that Shell directly hired just three members of his staff with the other hiring being a group effort. Cable, Davis' new man, was on Kiffin's staff.

Many around the league expect the team to hire former San Francisco assistant Ted Tollner and former Seattle defensive coordinator John Marshall as offensive and defensive coordinator, respectively. Both are respected veterans, yet both are coming off situations in which they were not retained by their clubs.

With Cable getting the Oakland job, Jim Fassel is reportedly going to coach in a new league. Fassel only campaigned to be Oakland's coach.

In other AFC West news, Tyler Thigpen is making his push to be the Chiefs' quarterback. Yet, with the team still without a head coach, Thigpen's words are moot at this point. The Chiefs are weeks, if not a couple of months, away from making their decision on who'll be their new quarterback.