AFC West: Randy Mueller
Sando mentions that San Diego’s Randy Mueller was there. I wouldn’t read much into that. Mueller is based in the Pacific Northwest and there were other prospects there.
While Sando didn’t see any of the Denver brass there, the Broncos are expected to get a closer look at Locker in a private workout later this week. Denver is looking at several quarterbacks prior to the draft, even though it is expected to concentrate on defense.
Sando reports that Locker performed well at his pro day. He may have cemented himself as a first-round pick.
- The Football Outsiders look at the aggression rate of NFL coaches. Not surprisingly, Kansas City’s Todd Haley was near the top of the list. Haley has earned a reputation for being one of the most aggressive coaches in the league.
- The Chiefs are one of the teams that will visit with USC tackle Tyron Smith. The Chiefs could add a tackle with the No. 21 pick. However, Smith is expected to go higher than that.
- The Kansas City Star reasons that Chad Ochocinco’s soccer stay in Kansas City doesn't mean he will play football in Kansas City. I agree. I don’t see the pairing.
It’s really too bad Cable has to deal with this speculation again. But he likely will until he leads the Raiders to the playoffs. Oakland has made clear strides under Cable. Oakland was in the AFC West race until Week 16. That’s progress. The only way I could see Cable being fired is if Al Davis promotes offensive coordinator Hue Jackson in an attempt to block him from going to Denver as head coach if that possibility unfolded. Still, Cable has done well this season and deserves to stay whether Oakland goes 8-8 or 7-9.
Meanwhile, there is chance Oakland guard Robert Gallery could leave as a free agent. Know this: If the Raiders want him, they sign him. Oakland is known for paying its own top dollar to keep them.
As if we needed to be told – Denver interim coach Eric Studesville said rookie quarterback Tim Tebow will make his third straight start Sunday. Tebow led Denver back from a 17-0 halftime deficit Sunday against Houston.
Former Denver general manager Ted Sundquist is expected to interview for the general manager job in San Francisco. San Diego front office member Randy Mueller is also expected to be a candidate.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter said on “SportsCenter” former Kansas City general manager Carl Peterson and former Chiefs’ assistant Bill Cowher could be potentially reunite in Miami.
As we’ve noted several times, John Elway’s return to Denver is just a matter of time.
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.
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Here is a list of some potential successors, in alphabetical order, to Carl Peterson in Kansas City as general manager:
- Terry Bradway, New York Jets
Why: He knows the system well in Kansas City.
- Greg Gabriel, Chicago Bears.
Why: Many in the league think the college draft standout is ready to run a team.
- Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals
Why: Many people in the league think he's ready to be a star.
- Reggie McKenzie, Green Bay Packers
Why: He has been part of a good thing in Green Bay and he could get a long look.
- Randy Mueller, San Diego Chargers
Why: He has built teams in the past.
- Scott Pioli, New England Patriots
Why: Simple: He's the GM prize.
- Floyd Reese, ESPN
Why: Former Titans general manager is a seasoned vet.
- Ted Sundquist, former Denver general manager.
Why: His knowledge of the AFC West would be valuable.