AFC West: Steve Keim
However, it appears O’Brien would have opportunities in the NFL -- including in the AFC West.
CBS Sports reports the San Diego Chargers are one of four teams that will pursue O’Brien.
It’s an interesting pairing. O’Brien was a longtime assistant at New England and he is a noted quarterback coach. He could be the remedy for Philip Rivers. And because Rivers is perhaps the best quarterback on the list of available teams, O’Brien could have mutual interest if he is actually open to leaving the Nittany Lions.
The Chargers have said they will hire a general manager and then a coach, so their official list of candidates may not be formulated for some time. CBS Sports reported the Chargers have asked permission to talk to Arizona’s Steve Keim about the opening, Keim is a favorite to take over in Arizona. The Chargers are also interested in San Francisco executive Tom Gamble.
In other AFC West news:
Here is the 2013 NFL opponent list for every team. The schedule will be released in April.
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.
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
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.