Wednesday, February 1, 2012
AFC West coaching update
By Bill Williamson
The Kansas City Chiefs announced that offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Bill Muir will retire.
Muir, 69, wasn’t going to be brought back as the coordinator, but the Chiefs had interest in him to stay as the line coach. Muir denied a report last week that said he was going to retire. Yet, he has, indeed, decided to pursue other life interests. He spent 34 years in the NFL.
“I am excited for Bill as he moves into retirement,” Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel said in a statement released by the team. “I have known him for a long time and he is one of the finest coaches I’ve ever been around and an even better person. Bill is a very good friend and I have a great deal of respect for the way he worked. It was a privilege to work alongside him.”
Added Muir in the statement: "It has been an honor to be a part of this great league for so long. Over the years I've made a lot of great friends and worked with many talented players and coaches. This was a personal decision for me, the timing was right. The Chiefs are in great hands with Romeo and Scott (general manager Pioli) and I wish them nothing but the best.”
The Kansas City Star reported that Chiefs quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn has interviewed for the offensive coordinator opening. Crennel has been considering candidates for several weeks. The Chiefs reportedly recently denied the Bears permission to talk to Zorn about their quarterbacks coach job, which signaled that the Chiefs could be interested in promoting Zorn. He worked well with Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel last season.
FoxSports.com reports Oakland is hiring Houston assistant offensive line coach Frank Pollack as offensive line coach. He worked with new Oakland offensive coordinator Greg Knapp the past two years. Bob Wylie coached the Oakland offensive line last season and he did a nice job. It will be interesting to see where this decision leaves assistant offensive line coach Steve Wisniewski. He is a former Raiders great and is the uncle of Oakland guard Stefen Wisniewski, who starred as a rookie last season.
Meanwhile, former Oakland coach Rod Woodson is being considered as the defensive backs coach in Cincinnati. Woodson was a first-year coach with the Raiders last year. There was a report that Oakland coach Hue Jackson was going to fire Woodson before Jackson was fired himself.