AFC West: Steve Mariucci

Evening AFC West news and notes

January, 13, 2010
Wednesday, so far at least, was another quiet day for the Tom Cable watch in Oakland. Cable is supposed to discuss his future in Oakland with owner Al Davis at some point soon.

There has been heavy speculation that Cable, 9-19 as Oakland’s coach, will be fired. Still, Davis has not made any public announcement, either way.

Preparing of a potential opening, the Oakland Tribune reasons that Steve Mariucci, with his major Bay Area experience, would be a good candidate if Cable does get shown the door.

The Chargers enter their AFC divisional playoff game against the visiting Jets on Sunday as healthy as they have been in week. Only punter Mike Scifres was on Wednesday’s injury list. Still, he practiced fully with groin issue. At this point, it should not be a concern.

Here is a look at a potential divorce in New England between the Patriots and receiver Randy Moss. If that does occur, I wonder if former New England defensive coordinator Josh McDaniels would consider Moss in Denver. The two had a good working relationship. With Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall perhaps on his way out from Denver, there could be an opening. Might be worth keeping an eye on down the road.

Posted by's Bill Williamson

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick waxed poetic about several of his coaching brethren who will not be roaming the sideline in 2009. Belichick was at the scouting combine in Indianapolis on Sunday.

Belichick said it "doesn't seemed right" that coaches such as Mike Shanahan, Jon Gruden, Brian Billick and Steve Mariucci are not coaching. He was particularly complimentary of Shanahan, who was fired by Denver after 14 seasons in December. Shanahan had opportunities to talk to teams this offseason but he has opted to wait for 2010.

Shanahan is known as one of the best offensive minds in the game and Belichick is considered the best defensive mind in the game. In the 2005 playoffs, Denver handed Belichick and Tom Brady their first postseason defeat in New England.

Belichick clearly will miss facing Shanahan when the Broncos and Patriots play in Denver in 2009.

"Mike Shanahan is certainly a Hall of Fame coach," Belichick said. "I know I've got to be on the list of people he'll thank because of all the games that have been scheduled against us. He has done pretty well. Including when I was an assistant at the Jets and even with the Patriots. I know I haven't beaten him too many times. I'm not disappointed to not have him on our schedule, believe me. It's just hard to believe that coaches like Mike Shanahan and Jon Gruden aren't coaching in the National Football League, but that's not my decision. It's just odd for them to be here but not in a coaching capacity."