Monday, February 13, 2012
AFC West notes
By Bill Williamson
Fox Sports reported that Texas A&M’s Terrell Williams was hired as Oakland’s defensive line coach. Williams played at the school with new Oakland coach Dennis Allen. Former Kansas City defensive line coach Tim Krumrie was also a candidate. Like at Stanford, Texas A&M ran a 3-4. Oakland just hired Stanford’s Jason Tarver as defensive coordinator.
Allen was noncommittal about whether the Raiders will use the 4-3 or 3-4 defense as their base defense. He ran the 4-3 in Denver and Oakland ran the 4-3 prior to Allen being hired. Allen has said the Raiders will show multiple looks.
Also around the AFC West:
- Oakland defensive lineman Richard Seymour told Sports Illustrated he’d be willing to restructure his deal. His $15 million contract for 2012 became guaranteed last week.
- Our condolences go out to San Diego free-agent defensive lineman Tommie Harris. His wife, Ashley, died at the age of 29. So sad, so unspeakable.
- In an Insider piece, ESPN.com’s Seth Wickersham explains a formula that gives the Chiefs hope that hiring Romeo Crennel as head coach was a wise move.
- Once again, Tennessee free-agent cornerback Cortland Finnegan is being connected to the Raiders.
- San Diego is expected to cut tackle Marcus McNeill next month. Atlanta may be a potential landing spot for him. The question about McNeill is will he be healthy? He has been dealing with serious neck issues.
- The Chiefs’ website looks at whether free-agent safety LaRon Landry could be a fit for the team.