Friday, January 6, 2012
Del Rio wouldn't be inspiring choice in K.C.
By Bill Williamson
There is no doubt Scott Pioli is doing his due diligence in making his second head coach hire in Kansas City in three years.
Pioli is reportedly interviewing former Jacksonville head coach Jack Del Rio for the vacant head-coaching job in Kansas City. He joins Green Bay offensive coordinator Joe Philbin and interim coach Romeo Crennel as known candidates.
Jack Del Rio compiled a 68-71 record during nine seasons in Jacksonville.
At first glance, Del Rio looks like the least inspiring of the three candidates.
Crennel was 2-1 as the Chiefs’ interim coach after Todd Haley was fired. Crennel, a former head coach in Cleveland, has the respect and support of the players in Kansas City.
Philbin is intriguing because he comes from a powerful offense and is a part of the Kirk Ferentz tree. Ferentz and Pioli are close.
Del Rio is considered a retread candidate. He flamed out during the 2010 after a nine season run in Jacksonville in which the Jaguars went 68-71. The Jaguars didn’t win a division title under Del Rio.
So, he’d be a difficult sell in Kansas City and if he is the choice, many folks would wonder what he could do with the Chiefs that Crennel couldn’t.
However, you can’t blame Pioli for talking to Del Rio. It's good for him to pick the brains of several coaches. Plus, perhaps Del Rio could emerge as a defensive coordinator candidate if someone else gets the job. Hiring Del Rio (who could be a defensive coordinator candidate in Oakland) as an assistant would likely play much better than as a head coach.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs could be losing an offensive coordinator candidate. The Patriots have asked the Rams for permission to talk to former Patriots offensive coordinator and former Denver coach Josh McDaniels. He has been connected to the Chiefs’ job if Crennel is promoted.