AFC West: Jay Rodgers

The Denver Broncos will have a coaching change on the defensive side of the ball.

The team announced Monday that defensive line coach Wayne Nunnely has retired. Nunnely, 60, has coached for 36 years, including the past 17 in the NFL. He was with Denver for the past three seasons. Nunnely also coached in San Diego for nearly a decade.

He will be replaced by Jay Rodgers. He has been a defensive assistant in Denver for the past three years.

“It has been an absolute dream come true for me to coach for 36 years,” Nunnely said in a statement released by the team. “I am so thankful for all the opportunities I have been given to have a positive impact on others through the game of football. More than anything, I am proud of the accomplishments of the teams and players I have been so privileged to work with over the years.

“This was not an easy decision, but it was the right one for me and my family. At this stage of my life, I want to devote more time to my wife, Velda, and the rest of our family. They have been with me every step of the way through an incredible career that I’ve been so blessed to enjoy. The NFL has a wonderful retirement plan, and it’s time for me to begin the next chapter of my life.

“The defensive line will be in good hands with Jay Rodgers, whom I’ve worked with closely for the last three years. He is very deserving of this opportunity, which he has earned through his hard work and knowledge. Jay has many great qualities as a person and coach that will make him successful in his new role.”

AFC West coaching staffs

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Thanks to ESPN Stats and Information’s Russell S. Baxter, here is a look at the complete coaching staffs of each AFC West team:

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

Denver hires two more coaches

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New Denver coach John Fox brought his third -- and most high-profile -- Carolina assistant with him by hiring special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers.

He was the special teams coach in Carolina the past two years. He was San Francisco’s special teams coach for five years. His brother Jay, is the defensive quality control coach in Denver.

Fox also kept Adam Gase on staff. He’ll be directly in charge of young quarterback Tim Tebow as quarterbacks coach. Gase was Denver’s receiver coach under Josh McDaniels. He is the seventh holdover from McDaniels’ staff that Fox is keeping, which is an unusually high number. Most of the holdovers are offensive coaches including offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.

Fox still needs to hire several defensive coaches, including a defensive coordinator. It is expected most of those hires will come from outside the organization. Denver was last in the NFL in total defense and points allowed.

In other AFC West notes: Cleveland running Peyton Hillis talks about his wasted days in Denver. Hillis was a starter in 2008 as a seventh-round pick rookie under Mike Shanahan. He was rarely used by McDaniels in 2009 and traded in a package for No. 3 quarterback Brady Quinn last March. Hillis went on to star for Cleveland. It was one of McDaniels’ biggest mistakes in 22 mistake-filled months in Denver.
  • Former Oakland coach Tom Cable expressed his love for his former players in a radio interview. Cable is now the offensive line/assistant head coach in Seattle. With many free agents in Oakland, I’m sure Cable wouldn’t mind returning to football with some of them.
  • The Denver Post thinks it's a good idea that new Denver football leader John Elway will be at next week’s Senior Bowl.
  • Tennessee is not renewing the contract of defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil, which adds another candidate to the defensive-coordinator pool. Both Denver and Oakland needs a defensive coordinator.
  • Dolphins long snapper John Denney was named to the AFC Pro Bowl team. Oakland’s Jon Condo was the long snapper last year.
  • The Chiefs promoted COO Mark Donovan to club president. He will run all of the team’s business ventures. It shouldn’t have an effect on football operations.
UPDATE: It is being reported that Denver will talk to New Orleans defensive backs coach Dennis Allen for its defensive coordinator job. Fox is in Charlotte, so there is no certain timetable for Allen’s interview. Perhaps it will be at the Senior Bowl early next week.

AFC West news and notes

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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

LaDainian Tomlinson put his written words where his body ink is. Once again, the future Hall of Fame running back pledged his loyalty to the Chargers.

With rumors rampant that he could be trade bait, it is no surprise Tomlinson wrote that he wants to be back in San Diego. This is the same guy who has the Chargers' lightning bolt emblem tattooed on his calf.

Tomlinson has always figured he'd be a Charger for life, and Wednesday's statement doesn't change that belief.

There was coaching news in the AFC West Wednesday, but not the news we've all been waiting for.

Yes, Oakland still hasn't announced if Tom Cable will be the permanent head coach or if it will go in another direction. And Kansas City still hasn't announced whether Herm Edwards will be kept or released.

Still, there was plenty of assistant coach movement.

San Diego added longtime NFL defensive back Cris Dishman to the coaching staff as assistant secondary coach. He was with the Chargers part of last season as part of the NFL's Minority Coaching Fellowship program.

The team also added Greg Williams as the assistant linebackers coach.

Denver also added three coaches, including officially announcing the hiring of former Oakland linebackers coach Don Martindale for the same role with the Broncos. The team also hired Ben McDaniels as an assistant. He is the 28-year-old brother of new Denver coach Josh McDaniels. It is Ben McDaniels' first NFL coaching job. He was coaching the quarterbacks at a Canton, Ohio, high school. The other coach Denver hired was Jay Rodgers, who was last at Iowa State.

Also, the Oakland Tribune wonders if a move by Stanford assistant Chris Dalman is another sign that Cable will be named the head coach.

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