AFC West: Russ Grimm
They have hired Craig Aukerman as assistant special teams coach, Andrew Dees as assistant offensive line coach, Chad Grimm and Nick Sirianni as quality control coaches and Byron Storer as defensive assistant-linebackers coach.
Sirianni was the Chiefs’ receivers coach last season. Grimm is the son of Hall of Famer Russ Grimm.
In other AFC West news:
- The Denver Post reports that Denver star left tackle Ryan Clady will need shoulder surgery that will keep him out of a large chunk of the offseason program. However, it is not expected to affect his 2013 season. Clady is a free agent, but Denver is expected to give him the franchise tag if a long-term deal isn’t signed.
- The Lions hired former never general manager Brian Xanders as a senior personnel executive. He was let go by the Broncos last year.
- There are some interesting AFC West connections in ESPN.com’s cool Secrets of the Super Bowl Quarterbacks piece.
The Sporting News named Colts general manger Ryan Grigson the NFL executive of the year. Denver’s John Elway was considered a top candidate as well.
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• Denver owner Pat Bowlen reiterated that new general manager Brian Xanders and new coach Josh McDaniels will both report to him. When he fired Mike Shanahan, who ran the team for 14 years, Bowlen said he would run the franchise.
This move is another sign that he will. Bowlen was upset that the team lost its reputation as being one of the best run teams in the NFL in recent years. Bowlen wanted his luster back and he is continuing to do it. The early word is that Denver could hire a new personnel head to work under Xanders. That decision could be made in the coming months.
• All continues to be quiet in Kansas City where the Chiefs haven't announced any coaching hirings since Todd Haley was named head coach six days ago. Names such as Miami defensive assistant Todd Bowles and former St. Louis interim coach Jim Haslett are being mentioned for the defensive coordinator's job, and Arizona assistants Russ Grimm and Maurice Carthon has been mentioned for the offensive coordinator job.
Chan Gailey, the offensive coordinator in Kansas City last season, could also be in the mix to stick around. While the Chiefs have been quiet, they must move quickly. The NFL combine starts in less than a week and most coaches go to the combine.
• The San Francisco Chronicle reports that both Oakland quarterback JaMarcus Russell and running back Darren McFadden underwent offseason surgery. Neither situation is expected to affect the players' 2009 seasons.
• With Oakland signing cornerback Chris Johnson to a four-year deal, backup Stanford Routt could be a trade possibility for Oakland. It isn't a great year for cornerbacks in free agency so a team could potentially try to pursue Routt through a trade.
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Brandon Marshall gets engaged in Hawaii.
My take: Perhaps Marshall's wedding engagement is another sign of his maturation. After having several off-field issues that resulted in a one-game NFL suspension in 2008, Denver insiders have praised Marshall for making key personal strides that have helped on him on the field.
Russ Grimm is a leading candidate to be Todd Haley's offensive coordinator.
My take: Grimm would be a nice addition to Haley's new staff. Arizona running backs coach Maurice Carthon and Miami defensive assistant Todd Bowles have also been mentioned as potential members of Haley's staff.
Report: Shane Lechler was punched in the face by a teammate.
My take: If massive defensive tackle Terdell Sands indeed socked Lechler on a team flight it could be another indication the Pro Bowl punter is on his way out of Oakland as a free agent. If Lechler isn't given the franchise tag, expect him to leave Oakland.