AFC West: Andy Heck

Evening AFC West notes

January, 21, 2013
Former Miami Dolphins head coach and former New York Jets’ offensive coordinator Tony Sparano is a potential offensive line coaching candidate in Oakland. He interviewed for the same job in Kansas City, but new Chiefs’ coach Andy Reid hired Andy Heck instead.

I think Sparano would be a good addition to the Oakland Raiders staff because of his experience. He also has a good track record as an offensive line coach. Oakland is also looking for a linebackers coach.

Meanwhile, Juan Castillo joined the Baltimore Ravens staff. Oakland interviewed him for its open offensive line coaching job.

The San Diego Chargers made the hiring of quarterbacks coach Frank Reich official. U-T San Diego reports tight ends coach Jason Michael is being retained, but offensive line coach Hal Hunter was dismissed. They are also changing their strength and conditioning coaching staff.


AFC West notes

January, 16, 2013
Fox sports reports the Chiefs have hired former Jacksonville offensive line coach Andy Heck for the same position. Heck is well respected. New Kansas City coach Andy Reid had interviewed former Miami head coach and former Jets’ offensive coordinator Tony Sparano for the position.

Tom Moore continues to say he wants to be an offensive coordinator. He was Peyton Manning’s offensive coordinator for 13 years in Indianapolis, and they remain close. Denver has an opening at the position with Mike McCoy leaving to become the Chargers’ head coach.

A key to the Chiefs hiring Dave Toub -- known around the league as one of the best special teams coaches in the NFL -- is that he is bringing his assistant Kevin O’Dea. He is considered a premier punter-and kicker specialist. Toub told the Chicago Tribune that the two are a “package deal.”

UPDATE: The Chiefs made the Heck and O’Dea hires official.