AFC West: Steve Hoffman
But it seems like the two men are safe.
The big move was the firing of offensive coordinator Greg Knapp. Also fired were special-teams coordinator Steve Hoffman, offensive line coach Frank Pollack and linebackers coach Johnny Holland. Allen made the announcement Monday.
"Decisions like this are very difficult," Allen said in a statement. "I have a great deal of respect for all of these men and I appreciate their contributions to the Oakland Raiders this season.”
Knapp’s offense was a major disappointment. Oakland did not take to Knapp’s version of the West Coast offense and the zone-blocking running scheme. Oakland was particularly poor in the red zone.
Running back Darren McFadden had a poor season under Knapp and he was never comfortable in Knapp’s scheme.
Knapp was a curious decision by Allen. He wasn’t his first choice, but he was paid well in Oakland. Knapp was the Raiders’ offensive coordinator in 2007 and ’08 and he was stripped of his duties by Tom Cable in the 2008 season.
Whoever Allen hires, expect the Raiders to try to employ a more power attack that flourished under former coach Hue Jackson. It seems to fit the team’s personnel better than Knapp’s scheme.
I think defensive coordinator Jason Tarver should be safe. If he wasn’t, he probably would have been shown the door quickly like Knapp was.
Tarver’s defense was a sieve for much of the season, but it tightened some in December. The Raiders' biggest issue on defense is talent. I think it has a good coaching base there with Allen and Tarver.
Saunders has been replaced by Greg Knapp in Oakland, but the Raiders haven’t said what they plan to do with Saunders.
“Al is there today talking with Romeo (Crennel),” former Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil told the site. “He wants to see if there’s any chance to go back to Oakland, but if not he’d love the Chiefs job.”
Saunders is a former Kansas City offensive coordinator. Chiefs quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn also reportedly has interviewed for the job. The Kansas City Star reported Zorn may quit if he is not given the job. He and Saunders worked together in Baltimore in 2010
- Fox Sports has reported Oakland is hiring former Chiefs’ special teams coach Steve Hoffman. He was just fired by the Chiefs. He replaces the highly respected John Fassel, who took a job with St. Louis. Hoffman is taking over one of the better special teams in the NFL.
- The Raiders’ defensive coordinator decision could come soon. The team interviewed Greg Manusky, fired in San Diego last month, this week. If Manusky is not the Raiders’ guy, other names should soon surface.
- The Raiders hired Houston’s Frank Pollack to run the offensive line. That could mean the Raiders will return to a zone-blocking offense, which they ran during a lot of Tom Cable’s regime. It should be an easy transition if that is the way the Raiders go.
The team announced it has hired Tom McMahon to be the special teams coach. He spent the past three years as the special teams coach in St. Louis. Kansas City did not retain special teams coach Steve Hoffman. The Chiefs also announced wide receivers coach Richie Anderson and assistant offensive line coach Pat Perles were not retained.
The Rams were considered to have one of the better special teams in recent years.
"I am pleased to add Tom to our staff," Crennel said in a statement released by the team. “He is a diligent worker and passionate coach. It is a great addition for us."
The team’s biggest remaining hire to make is an offensive coordinator.
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
New Kansas City coach Todd Haley just added to his staff by adding a third coach he worked with in Arizona, Cardinals' running backs coach Maurice Carthon. Meanwhile, the team officially announced Chan Gailey will remain as offensive coordinator.
Carthon will be Haley's assistant head coach. Haley was Arizona's offensive coordinator and Carthon was the running backs coach. It wouldn't be a surprise if Carthon also worked with the running backs. Earlier this week, Haley brought in former Arizona defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, who was fired this month, will be a defensive assistant and former Arizona assistant Dedric Ward who will coach the receivers.
Thus, Haley's top offensive assistants will be Carthon and Gailey, who was the team's offensive coordinator under former head coach Herm Edwards in 2008. It wouldn't be a surprise if Haley, known as one of the more aggressive offensive coaches in the league, calls his own plays.
With Gailey retained, the Chiefs can keep some continuity to an offense that was solid at times last season. If the team decides to stick with quarterback Tyler Thigpen, who started in the second half of the season, there will be some familiarity between him and Gailey.
Gailey often held the reins on Thigpen so it will be interesting to see if Haley unleashes him some if Thigpen is brought back as the starter.
Kansas City also disclosed the responsibility of some of the coaches it hired earlier this week. They are: Bob Bicknell (tight ends), Joe D'Alessandris (assistant offensive line), Steve Hoffman (special teams) and Bill Muir (offensive line).
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.