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Thursday, January 6, 2011
Could be coaching domino affect

By Bill Williamson

There are several interesting moving parts in the coaching circles that affect the AFC West.

If Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh goes to Miami, who are heavily pursuing him, it will affect both the Broncos and the Raiders. The Broncos are interested in Harbaugh and would have to cross him off their list.

If Harbaugh goes to Miami, he would also be off San Francisco’s list. That could mean the 49ers could turn to Oakland offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, who interviewed with the 49ers on Wednesday.

Jackson is considered the frontrunner to replace Tom Cable in Oakland.

If Jackson is not the guy in Oakland, could the Raiders turn to former Denver coach Josh McDaniels? It’s been reported that Oakland owner Al Davis is interested in McDaniels.

He fits the mold. He is a young, strong offensive mind. Davis loves those types of coaches. Still, McDaniels has turned down a chance to interview with San Francisco, so he could do the same in Oakland.

I know McDaniels is expecting to become an offensive coordinator and hopes to be in position to be a head coach again in a desirable spot within two years. But in the meantime, the coaching carousel is moving at a rapid pace and it affects the AFC West greatly. Hold on and stay tuned.