AFC West: Marc Ross

Now that the Kansas City Chiefs have hired Andy Reid, the coaching-search spotlight within the division is squarely on San Diego.

Some interesting names are emerging.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports San Diego is one of several teams interested in Syracuse coach Doug Marrone. He is a former offensive coordinator in New Orleans and his name is getting hot. U-T San Diego reports that former NFL coach and current UCLA coach Jim Mora is a candidate.

The paper reports that Mora would bring Noel Mazzone as his offensive coordinator. Mazzone was the offensive coordinator for San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers when he played at North Carolina State. The two men remain close and work out together in the offseason.

Getting Rivers back to his old self would be the Chargers’ quickest way to being successful again, so it’s a worthwhile notion.

Former Chicago coach Lovie Smith and Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians are also candidates in San Diego.

The Chargers are still very much in the process of finding a general manager. Schefter is reporting they are interviewing the Giants’ Marc Ross on Saturday. They have interviewed several people and that process is expected to be done before the hiring of a coach. U-T San Diego reports in-house candidate Jimmy Raye and Colts executive Tom Telesco may be the favorites. If Telesco gets the job, Arians could become an even bigger candidate.

In other AFC West news:

CBS Sports report that Doug Pederson could be Reid’s offensive coordinator. He was Reid’s quarterbacks coach the past two years with the Eagles.

San Diego linebacker Takeo Spikes and Oakland Mike Goodson were both fined $7,875 for fighting Sunday. They were both ejected from the game. It may have been Spikes’ last game. The 15-season veteran may retire.

The Chargers announced most of their 2013 tickets will remain the same price as in 2012 or be reduced. The team had trouble selling out games in 2012.
Another day, another honor for Peyton Manning.

The Denver Broncos quarterback was named the AFC offensive player for December. It is his second monthly honor this season and the sixth of his career, which ties an NFL record.

Manning completed 123-of-174 passes (70.7 percent) for 1,399 yards with 11 touchdowns and three interceptions in December as he led the Broncos to a 5-0 record. Wednesday, Manning was named the AFC offensive player of the week. It was his 23rd such honor, tying him for the NFL record with New England quarterback Tom Brady.

In other AFC West news:

-- USA Today is reporting the Chargers are going to interview Giants executive Marc Ross. He will be the sixth general manager candidate. San Diego is talking to all the top candidates.

-- There are several reports that have Andy Reid close to joining the Chiefs. And there are also reports the Chargers will interview him. There have not been any other reports of the Chargers interviewing coaches yet as the team is focusing on general manager search.

Reid is from Southern California and would likely love to talk to the Chargers. Again, though, the Chiefs might win the race.

Just another boring day in our humble division.

Potential GM candidates in Denver

December, 8, 2010
There's a possibility that Denver will hire a general manager to hire the replacement for coach Josh McDaniels, who was fired this week. Brian Xanders currently holds the GM role, but played a secondary role to McDaniels when it came to personnel decisions and Denver may want to look for a more experienced personnel man.

The Broncos haven’t begun their search process and it will likely extend into the offseason. There will be plenty of time to examine potential candidates. But here is a starter list of potential general manager candidates if Denver goes that route:

Charlie Casserly: Former Houston executive now works in TV.

Ronnie Hill: Former Broncos scout who was an executive with Atlanta. He works in the NFL office.

Steve Keim: He is an Arizona executive. He is well respected around the league.

Omar Khan: Pittsburgh executive a top young name around the league.

Randy Mueller: An executive with the Chargers. Mueller has extensive NFL leadership experience.

Jimmy Raye III: Current executive in San Diego has been a candidate for previous leadership roles.

Floyd Reese: New England executive has an abundant amount of NFL experience.

Marc Ross: Giants executive who interviewed in Seattle in January.

Ted Sundquist: Former Denver general manager was fired by Mike Shanahan, but he was respected while with Denver.

Dough Whaley: Buffalo assistant general manager is a hot name in league circles.