AFC West: Gary Gibbs
His firing comes three days after second-year safety Rahim Moore was out of place and allowed Jacoby Jones to get behind him on a desperation 70-yard bomb from Joe Flacco that tied the game. Baltimore would eventually win in double overtime.
UPDATE: The Broncos have acted quickly to replace Milus, whose contract was not renewed. Cory Undlin replaces him. He was with defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio in Jacksonville. Team maintains the Milus firing was not all on Moore.
Countless former NFL players have said that they’ve never seen a safety so out of position like Moore was on that play. Moore, a second-round pick in 2011, made strides in 2012 and the team is not going to give up on him.
So, Milus is paying for not putting his player in position. Is Milus’ firing all about that one play? Perhaps not, but the timing is curious. Plus, He was brought to Denver by head coach John Fox in 2011 after coaching three years for him in Carolina. At the very least, the Moore play was a major part of Milus’ firing.
Denver’s secondary, overall, had a good season in 2012. But the Moore play will forever be remembered for costing Denver the Baltimore game and ramifications were bound to concur.
In other AFC West news:
- Denver left tackle Ryan Clady has withdrawn from the Pro Bowl because of a shoulder injury. It is not expected to affect him in 2013.
- New San Diego coach Mike McCoy coached both San Diego tight end Dante Rosario and receiver/returner Eddie Royal in Denver, so he has some instant familiarity.
- As expected, New Kansas City coach Andy Reid hired former Chicago special teams coach Dave Toub for the same job. Toub is considered one of the best special teams in the NFL. Toub worked for Reid in Philadelphia earlier last decade.
- Also, former Kansas City defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs was retained as linebacker coach and Emmitt Thomas has been kept as the secondary coach. Reid has brought in Eugene Chung as the assistant offensive line coach. He was in the same role on Reid’s Eagles’ staff last season.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports Colts’ offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is a finalist for the Chicago head coaching job. He is set to interview in San Diego on Wednesday. The Eagles announced Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley is getting a second interview Tuesday.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported earlier Monday that Bradley may be a favorite for the San Diego job along with Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, who interviewed with the Chargers on Monday. Schefter reported the San Diego job is the one McCoy, who has interested from all five teams, wants. Arizona, believed to be highly interested in McCoy, and will interview him for a second time Tuesday.
The Chargers have been interviewing candidates for the past several days. With the process heating up around the league, we may see some decisions made soon.
In other AFC West news:
- New Kansas City coach Andy Reid confirmed the expected -- the Chiefs will stay a 3-4 defense and that he will call the offensive plays. Also, the Kansas City Star reports defensive staff holdovers Gary Gibbs (linebackers) and Emmitt Thomas (secondary) may remain on the staff.
- Kansas City front-office man Ray Farmer is a finalist Cleveland general manager job, according to Fox Sports. He probably doesn’t have much of a future in Kansas City, anyway. He was bypassed in favor of John Dorsey for the general manager job.
- The Broncos’ brass stands by its late-game decisions in a double overtime loss to the Ravens on Saturday.
Recap: The Chiefs won their second game of the season, just a day after a horrific tragedy. Saturday, starting linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend, Kasandra M. Perkins in front of his mother and then he went to the team’s facility (adjacent to Arrowhead Stadium) and killed himself in front of general manager Scott Pioli, head coach Romeo Crennel and defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs. The emotional win was the Chiefs’ first home victory of the season after an 0-6 start at Arrowhead. They snapped an eight-game losing streak, which was the longest current losing streak in the league.
Biggest area to fix: Third-down defense. Carolina converted on third down 6-of-10 times. Few things undo a defense like surrendering on third down.
Biggest area to build on: Unity. The Chiefs clearly aren’t going anywhere this season, but perhaps this horrible situation will galvanize this team for a strong finish. Sunday’s effort certainly was impressive.
What to watch for: The Chiefs play at Cleveland. It will be a reunion for Crennel as he coached the Browns from 2005-08.
The Kansas City Chiefs coach has seen his team commit 29 turnovers in half a season. The next closest team in the NFL is Dallas with 19. Kansas City committed 28 turnovers all of last season.
Crennel told reporters Friday he has threatened his players with the loss of playing time if they fumble or throw a bad interception. Crennel said if he deems the turnovers inexcusable, players will stand next to him or on the bench for some plays.
“Sometimes [to emphasize corrections] you basically have to threaten them -- so if you fumble it I’m going to take you out of the game,” Crennel said. “Then they will get the message.”
Chiefs offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is behind Crennel’s tough-consequences approach.
“I think [Crennel] has addressed the team, he continues to address the team in terms of the importance of turnovers,” Daboll told reporters Friday. “We all know what it is and haven’t done a good enough job with it. He told those guys that if they put it on the ground that maybe they should come over and stand with him for a little bit. He’s their head coach and I support him and we’ve got to do a good job of protecting the football.”
Starter Brady Quinn has not been cleared from suffering a concussion in Week 8. So it may be difficult for Crennel to sit quarterback Matt Cassel -- who has turned the ball over more than most NFL teams this season -- if he throws a bad interception Monday night at Pittsburgh. Crennel has indicated third-string quarterback Ricky Stanzi is not ready to play yet.
Meanwhile, new Kansas City defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs said new starting right cornerback Javier Arenas will be the nickel corner and Jalil Brown will play right cornerback in a nickel package. Arenas takes over as the starter for Stanford Routt, who was cut on Monday.
Story of the quarter: The Kansas City Chiefs’ implosion. The Chiefs are 1-7 and widely considered the worst team in the NFL. They have been No. 32 in ESPN.com’s NFL Power Rankings for nearly a month. They went 0-4 in the second quarter of the season and have lost five consecutive games. It is getting ugly. Fans are calling for the firing of general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel -- and ownership might have a difficult time ignoring those calls if the Chiefs’ season gets any worse. Early last month, right tackle Eric Winston called out some fans because he felt they were cheering when quarterback Matt Cassel suffered a concussion. It became a national story. Cassel was replaced by Brady Quinn. Crennel fired himself as defensive coordinator and replaced himself with linebackers coach Gary Gibbs. The team released starting cornerback Stanford Routt after eight games after signing him to a big-money free-agent deal before the season.
MVP of the quarter: Denver quarterback Peyton Manning. There is no doubt, and Manning is very much in the race to be the NFL MVP. He has been stunningly good for much of the season, and particularly so in the past four games. The Broncos went 3-1 in the quarter and lead the AFC West with a 5-3 record, due in large part to Manning’s success. His lowest yardage outing in the past quarter-season was 291 yards. He has thrown a total of 12 touchdown passes (three in each game) and just three interceptions in the past four games.
Rookie of the quarter: Oakland linebacker Miles Burris. The fourth-round pick has been a solid, steady starter and appears to have a good future ahead of him. He seems to play with a mean streak and is around the ball a lot. He is a nice building block for the Raiders' defense.
Coach of the quarter: Denver coach John Fox. His team went 3-1 in the second quarter and is alone in first place. His team has improved around Manning on both sides of the ball and is poised for a strong second half of the season.
Disappointment of the quarter (team): San Diego Chargers. The Chargers went 1-3 in the quarter and stand at 4-4 overall. And those three losses were terrible: San Diego lost a double-digit lead in the second half in New Orleans, then saw a 24-0 halftime lead over Denver turn into a shocking 35-24 home loss. The following week, San Diego lost 7-6 at downtrodden Cleveland. If the Chargers don’t make the playoffs, that three-game disaster will be long remembered.
Disappointment of the quarter (player): San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers. He struggled during those blowout losses to New Orleans and Denver and couldn’t do much against Cleveland. Rivers committed nine turnovers in the past quarter. He was very good in Week 9 against Kansas City, so perhaps he is ready to put his troubles behind him.
Biggest unanswered question of the quarter: Can San Diego (4-4) or Oakland (3-5) make up ground against Denver in the next four games? The Broncos (5-3) look like the best team in the division and have the NFL’s easiest remaining schedule. Denver could pull away in the next four games. The Chargers and the Raiders will be challenged to stay in the race.
Fearless prediction for the second quarter: Kansas City -- currently tied with Jacksonville for the league's worst record -- will stay in the race for the No. 1 overall draft pick. I don't see the Chiefs -- who badly need a good young quarterback -- suddenly putting it together in the next four games and taking themselves out of the race. Of course, the bad news for Kansas City is that there doesn’t appear to be a prize like Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III in the 2013 draft. The top pick will be very valuable, but there might not be a sure thing at quarterback.
Expect fullback Marcel Reece and third-string running back Taiwan Jones to carry the load against Baltimore on the ground. Reece has one carry this season and 48 in his career. Jones has one carry this season and had 16 last season.
The Baltimore defense can be run against, but it looks like the Raiders are going to have to rely on inexperienced rushers barring a dramatic recovery by McFadden or Goodson.
Oakland coach Dennis Allen told reporters that Michael Huff will start for Ronald Bartell against the Ravens. Bartell will be brought along slowly. He has been out with a shoulder injury since Week 1. Meanwhile, the San Francisco Chronicle believes Oakland defensive tackle Richard Seymour will not play Sunday.
In other AFC West news:
Denver receiver Eric Decker practiced fully Thursday after being limited by a thigh injury Wednesday. As expected, guard Chris Kuper (ankle) and cornerback Tracy Porter (illness) were held out of practice. Kuper is expected to miss 2-4 weeks, and I’d be surprised if Porter plays Sunday at Carolina.
San Diego Left tackle Jared Gaither (groin) and defensive end Corey Liuget (hamstring) did not practice Thursday. They were limited Wednesday. This is worth watching Friday. Also, linebacker Shaun Phillips had to leave practice early with a finger injury.
Kansas City defensive end Glenn Dorsey (calf) remains out of practice. Left tackle Branden Albert (back) is limited.
New Kansas City defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs will coach from sidelines, head coach Romeo Crennel said. It makes sense, because Gibbs has been on the sidelines all year as linebackers coach.
Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Todd Haley -- who was fired last year as the Chiefs’ head coach -- said he is not out for revenge when the Chiefs visit Pittsburgh on Monday night. OK, I believe him.
“He’s been in our meetings a lot more this week," Cassel said. "I’ve seen him around and that’s been a little bit different from the first half of the season so far.”
Crennel clearly feels like he needs to be around the offense more. It will it matter for the 1-7 Chiefs? We will see.
In other AFC West news:
San Diego linebacker Antwan Barnes didn’t practice Wednesday with a hamstring problem. Left tackle Jared Gaither (groin), defensive end Corey Liuget (hamstring) and safely Atari Bigby (quad) were all limited Wednesday for San Diego.
Kansas City defensive end Glenn Dorsey is not practicing and I wouldn’t expect him to play at Pittsburgh on Monday night. He re-injured his calf at San Diego last week. It previously kept him out for several weeks.
CBSSports.com counts Detroit, Miami and Arizona among the teams interested in cornerback Stanford Routt, who was cut by Kansas City on Monday.
Brian Daboll’s control of the Kansas City offense: We’re not suggesting that Kansas City head coach Romeo Crennel is going to take over the Chiefs’ offense from Daboll. But when Crennel removed himself as the team’s defensive coordinator and replaced himself with linebackers coach Gary Gibbs, Crennel said he thought there was a perception by some young players on the team he was spending too much time on the defense. Expect Crennel to try to spend more time with the offense as he tries to save everyone’s job in Kansas City.
Raiders’ running backs: Oakland starting running back Darren McFadden and his backup Mike Goodson both had to leave the Tampa Bay game last week with high ankle sprains. There is no word yet how long they will be out, but high ankle sprains are tricky and the Raiders may have to adjust.
Chiefs’ ball security: The Chiefs have committed 29 turnovers in eight games. It’s the most in the NFL through eight games in 15 years. The Chiefs had 28 turnovers all season last year.
The Chargers in the fourth quarter: The Chargers hadn't scored in the fourth quarter for three straight games before scoring three touchdowns in a Week 9 win over the Chiefs. Two of the scores were defensive touchdowns.
Denver’s offensive line: Denver quarterback Peyton Manning has not been sacked in four of the past five games. Everything is starting to click for the Broncos. Manning helps his offensive line with his quick release, but the unit is getting comfortable playing with him and it is showing.
Raiders late in the first half: The Raiders have scored in the final two minutes before the end of the first half in all eight games this season. The problem for the Raiders(3-5): it seems they lose momentum in the second half.
Kansas City head coach Romeo Crennel removed himself as defensive coordinator and promoted linebackers coach Gary Gibbs to the coordinator position on Monday. In another key move, the Chiefs cut starting cornerback Stanford Routt eight games into a three-year contract.
Let’s look at what the moves mean:
Changes needed: The first thing that pops to mind is the Chiefs brass feels like it has to do some things to prove they should keep their jobs after a 1-7 start by a team that was widely expected to contend for the playoffs.
Clearly, Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli believe shakeups were needed to show they want to turn the season around. I’m just not sure these moves will make a huge difference. Cutting Routt doesn’t necessarily make the Chiefs better and giving Gibbs -- who was the defensive coordinator in New Orleans from 2006-08 -- the defense and allowing Crennel to focus on being the head coach doesn’t seem like it will be a cure-all.
Easy to second guess: Both of these moves are acts of the team admitting mistakes.
Routt, cut by Oakland in February, signed a three-year, $19 million deal shortly after being cut. The Chiefs chose Routt over keeping free-agent Brandon Carr, who ended up signing a five-year, $50 million deal with Dallas.
I believe Pioli’s thinking was that even though Carr was younger and better than Routt, they were both starting No. 2 cornerbacks and going with Routt was a better alternative because he was cheaper.
I get that premise. But by cutting Routt now, the Chiefs are admitting they made a mistake and they may have been open to keeping Carr.
Javier Arenas will replace Routt in the lineup. Now, the Chiefs will either have to go with Arenas and Jalil Brown competing for the job next year or bring in another cornerback to compete for the job.
As for Crennel, he will forever be asked why he didn’t just hire a defensive coordinator when he was given the permanent job in January. Crennel said Monday that he is making the move because it is being perceived that he is spending too much time on the defense and is neglecting the offense.
Look, Kansas City is 1-7. We’re beyond perception. It’s all reality. If Crennel is kept in 2013, I’m sure he will searching for a defensive coordinator. Of course, if the Chiefs’ defense soars in the second half; Gibbs will likely be kept as the coordinator.
What’s next: These moves show no jobs are safe in Kansas City. Still, there isn’t a lot more that can be done.
Kansas City has already made a quarterback switch. Brady Quinn could start next Monday night at Pittsburgh if he is cleared after suffering a concussion in Week 8. Perhaps No. 3 quarterback Ricky Stanzi could get a shot if Quinn and Matt Cassel continue to struggle.
Regardless of these changes, more, perhaps drastic, moves are surely in the works after this miserable season ends.
And the Chiefs are shaking it up.
The Kansas City Star is reporting the Chiefs cut cornerback Stanford Routt and coach Romeo Crennel has replaced himself as defensive coordinator with linebackers coach Gary Gibbs.
Routt replaced Brandon Carr, who the Chiefs chose not to re-sign.
Crennel chose not to hire a defensive coordinator when he was promoted to permanent coach from being the interim coach.
I will have more thoughts on these moves and their meaning later.
Crennel indicated that the offensive and defensive coordinator positions will likely not be filled in the immediate future. Crennel said he is in the early stages of the process and that the team needs to get some permission to talk to some candidates. That could be an indication that the Chiefs might have some candidates who are position coaches elsewhere in the league.
Crennel said he hopes to interview candidates next week and at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama the following week.
He did not discuss specific candidates. Among the potential candidates for the offensive coordinator job could include Kansas City quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn, former Jacksonville offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and perhaps even former Oakland coach Hue Jackson. Possible defensive candidates could include Kansas City assistant Gary Gibbs, former Jacksonville defensive coordinator and interim coach Mel Tucker, and San Francisco assistant Jim Tomsula.
In other AFC West news:
Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. lists Kansas City’s Tamba Hali as the third best pass-rusher in the NFL.
The San Diego Union-Tribune believes its time the Chargers give Vincent Jackson a long-term deal. I agree. I believe the sides will talk seriously about it. The Chargers would rather not put the hefty franchise tag on Jackson, so a long-term deal might be the best option.
Late-night television has gotten in on Tebowmania.
Reports suggest Kansas City will pursue a high-profile, dynamic offensive coordinator to help Crennel, who is a defensive specialist. Former Kansas City coach Todd Haley was an offensive-minded coach. Bill Muir, the Chiefs’ current offensive coordinator, reportedly may retire.
The problem with finding a star offensive coordinator is the fact there aren’t many available. One name to consider may be former Jacksonville offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. He is considered an up-and-comer. He interviewed for the head-coaching job in Denver last year. Other available names include former NFL head coaches Brad Childress and Mike Martz.
Koetter might be a safer pick, though, since Childress and Martz have reportedly had issues with getting along with co-workers and/or players in the past. After firing the volatile Haley, the Chiefs want stability and that is a big reason why Crennel was promoted.
One name to keep in mind is current Kansas City quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn. He is a respected, experienced coach, who knows this team and he works well with Crennel. Considering the Chiefs have had three different offenses in the past three seasons, sticking with a familiar coach makes sense.
The defensive coordinator search is less importance since Crennel will still have a big hand in the running the unit.
One name that may surface is former Jacksonville defensive coordinator and interim coach Mel Tucker. He was on Crennel’s staff in Cleveland. Another candidate could be San Francisco defensive line coach Jim Tomsula. Kansas City linebackers coach Gary Gibbs is also reportedly a candidate.
Crennel will likely get right to work on the assistant coach search and I could see the key openings being filed in the next week or so.
Denver: John Fox
Dennis Allen, defensive coordinator
Mike McCoy, offensive coordinator
Jeff Rodgers, special teams coordinator
Clancy Barone, tight ends
Keith Burns, assistant special teams
Brian Callahan, quality control/offense
Adam Gase, quarterbacks
Sam Garnes, assistant secondary
Justin Lovett, strength and conditioning assistant
Dave Magazu, offensive line
Ron Milus, secondary
Wayne Nunnely, defensive line
Jay Rodgers, quality control/defense
Greg Saporta, strength and conditioning assistant
Richard Smith, linebackers
Eric Studesville, running backs
Tyke Tolbert, wide receivers
Rich Tuten, strength and conditioning
Kansas City: Todd Haley
Romeo Crennel, defensive coordinator
Bill Muir, offensive coordinator/offensive line
Maurice Carthon, assistant head coach
Richie Anderson, wide receivers
Mike Clark, strength and conditioning
Gary Gibbs, linebackers
Steve Hoffman, special teams
Bernie Parmalee, tight ends
Pat Perles, assistant offensiveBe Line
Anthony Pleasant, defensive Line
Brent Salazar, assistant strength and conditioning
Nick Sirianni, offensive quality control
Otis Smith, defensive quality control
Emmitt Thomas, defensive backs
Adam Zimmer, defensive assistant/assistant linebackers
Jim Zorn, quarterbacks
Oakland: Hue Jackson
Al Saunders, offensive coordinator
Chuck Bresnahan, defensive coordinator
John Fassel, special teams coordinator
Greg Biekert, linebackers
Chuck Bresnahan, defensive coach
Willie Brown, squad development
Adam Henry, tight ends
Sanjay Lal, wide receivers
Brad Roll, strength and conditioning
Kevin Ross, assistant coach, safeties
Kelly Skipper, running backs
Mike Waufle, defensive line
Steve Wisniewski, assistant offensive line
Rod Woodson, assistant coach, cornerbacks
Bob Wylie, offensive line
San Diego: Norv Turner
Clarence Shelmon, offensive coordinator
Greg Manusky, defensive coordinator
Rich Bisaccia, special teams
Cris Dishman, assistant secondary
Steve Gera, coaches assistant
Hal Hunter, offensive line
Jeff Hurd, strength and conditioning
Don Johnson, defensive line
Charlie Joiner, wide receivers
Jason Michael, tight ends
John Pagano, linebackers
John Ramsdell, quarterbacks
Vernon Stephens, assistant strength and conditioning
Mike Sullivan, offensive line
Steve Wilks, assistant head coach-secondary
Greg Williams, assistant linebackers
Ollie Wilson, running backs
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
The Chiefs have settled on their defensive coordinator.
The team named Clancy Pendergast as defensive coordinator on Friday. He was fired in Arizona after the Super Bowl. He worked with new Chiefs head coach Todd Haley in Arizona, where Haley was the offensive coordinator.
Pendergast was hired several weeks ago in an unnamed role. In an unusual move, Kansas City waited before making Pendergast the defensive coordinator. It was reported that the team was waiting to hire former Cleveland head coach Romeo Crennel as defensive coordinator. But his agent, Joe Linta, said last week that Crennel would not be joining the Chiefs at this time.
So Pendergast is now in charge of turning around one of the youngest and weakest defenses in the NFL. Haley believes he's up to the challenge.
"Clancy was instrumental in the Arizona Cardinals run at the end of last season that led to our appearance in the Super Bowl," Haley said in a statement released by the team. "The fact that we have experience working together along with Clancy's previous experience working with Gary Gibbs will be a big factor in our continuity as we move forward."
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
The Kansas City Chiefs, suddenly one of the NFL's most mysterious teams, have spoken.
But we're not sure what they have said.
The team announced a large portion, or maybe even the entire staff, as the team begins the Scott Pioli and Todd Haley era. The odd thing is, the Chiefs didn't announce what positions the coaches will have in Kansas City. Shortly after the release was sent out, a team spokesman said the Chiefs will not be announcing specific positions at this time.
Tuesday's peculiar move continues a quiet offseason by the Chiefs. Both the decision to hire Pioli as general manager and Haley as head coach were shrouded in secrecy. Tuesday's move to assemble the assistant coaching staff comes 51 days after the Chiefs' season ended. All of the new coaches are listed on the team's Web site without specific job titles.
Here, courtesy of the Chiefs, is the coaching staff:
The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Tuesday that the club has made several additions to head coach Todd Haley's coaching staff. The following coaches have been retained by the Chiefs: Bob Bicknell, Joe D'Alessandris, Chan Gailey, Tim Krumrie, Brent Salazar and Cedric Smith. The following assistant coaches are joining the Chiefs staff:
Joel Collier -- Collier owns 17 seasons of experience coaching in the professional ranks. He most recently enjoyed a three-year stint with New England (2005-07). Prior to joining the Patriots, he spent 11 seasons with Miami ('94-04). Collier served his first tour of duty with New England from '91-93, spending time on the coaching staff and as a pro scout. He began his NFL career as an offensive assistant with Tampa Bay ('90) after serving as a graduate assistant at Syracuse ('88-89).
Gary Gibbs -- A 29-year coaching veteran, Gibbs most recently served a three-year stint as defensive coordinator with New Orleans (2006-08). He entered the NFL ranks as linebackers coach with Dallas (2002-05). Gibbs broke into the coaching profession at his alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, as a graduate assistant in '75 and was eventually promoted to linebackers coach ('78-80), defensive coordinator ('81-88) and head coach ('89-94) He also served as defensive coordinator at Georgia (2000) and LSU (2001).
Steve Hoffman -- Hoffman owns 19 years of NFL coaching experience. He most recently spent a two-year tour with Miami as kicking coach (2008) and assistant special teams coach (2007). He served as assistant special teams coach with the Atlanta (2006) after a 16-year association with Dallas ('89-04), where he served as kicking coach ('89-98) and kicking/defensive quality control coach ('99-04). He began his coaching career at the University of Miami ('85-87).
Bill Muir -- Muir is a veteran of 31 NFL seasons and owns a total of 44 seasons of coaching experience. He most recently served as the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach for Tampa Bay (2002-08). He has also enjoyed NFL coaching stops with the N.Y. Jets ('95-01), Philadelphia ('92-94), Indianapolis ('89-91), Detroit ('85-88) and New England ('82-84). He began his NFL career in the player personnel department with Tampa Bay ('78-81). He coached collegiately at SMU ('76-77), Idaho State ('72-73), Rhode Island ('70-71), Delaware Valley ('66-67) and Susquehanna ('65). The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native also coached professionally for Houston/Shreveport ('74-75) of the World Football League.
Clancy Pendergast -- Pendergast owns 14 seasons of experience in the NFL coaching ranks. He spent the past five campaigns as a defensive coordinator with Arizona (2004-08). Prior to guiding the Cardinals defensive unit, Pendergast spent one season with Cleveland (2003) after enjoying a seven-year tenure with Dallas ('96-02). He began his NFL coaching career with Houston ('95). He began his coaching career in the collegiate ranks as a graduate assistant with Mississippi State ('91) and enjoyed stops at Southern California ('92), Oklahoma ('93-94) and Alabama-Birmingham ('95). Pendergast graduated from the University of Arizona in '90.
Pat Perles -- Perles owns 21 years of coaching experience, including two years in the NFL. He spent the previous six seasons at North Dakota State (2003-08), including the final four campaigns as the offensive coordinator. Perles previously served as the offensive line coach at his alma mater of Michigan State (2000-02). He spent six seasons in the Canadian Football League with Hamilton ('98-99), Winnipeg ('97) and Saskatchewan ('94-96). He began his NFL coaching career with the L.A. Rams ('92-93) after working as the defensive line coach for three years with Toledo ('89-91).
Dedric Ward -- Ward spent the past two seasons as a member of Arizona Cardinals offensive coaching staff along with current Chiefs head coach Todd Haley. In 2007, Ward served as a quality control coach, working intensely with the Cardinals wide receivers. In 2008, the Cedar Rapids, Iowa native entered his second season as a quality control coach, working closely with the club's running backs. Ward began his coaching career as wide receivers coach at Missouri State University in 2006.
It is being speculated that either Gibbs, fired last month as New Orleans' defensive coordinator, will be the defensive coordinator. Pendergast, just fired as Arizona defensive coordinator, is going to be a defensive assistant. There is also talk around the league that Gibbs may be the linebackers coach if Pioli can get former Cleveland head coach and former New England defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel to be the coordinator. Until official titles are announced, speculation will continue.
It is also being speculated that Gailey, who already was under contract for this season, is being retained to be the offensive coordinator. He was Herm Edwards' coordinator last season. Haley is expected to call the plays so expect the Chiefs' offense to take on the personality more of Haley than Gailey. Haley was known for a vertical game when he was the offensive coordinator of the explosive Arizona Cardinals.
The belief is that Muir will coach the offensive line and that Bicknell will coach the tight ends.
Yes, it is murky but that is clearly how the Chiefs prefer to do business these days.