AFC West: Tm Tebow

I had the opportunity to speak to new Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel on Thursday morning about an upcoming project. However, I was able to ask him about the team’s progress toward hiring offensive and defensive coordinators.

Crennel indicated that the offensive and defensive coordinator positions will likely not be filled in the immediate future. Crennel said he is in the early stages of the process and that the team needs to get some permission to talk to some candidates. That could be an indication that the Chiefs might have some candidates who are position coaches elsewhere in the league.

Crennel said he hopes to interview candidates next week and at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama the following week.

He did not discuss specific candidates. Among the potential candidates for the offensive coordinator job could include Kansas City quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn, former Jacksonville offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and perhaps even former Oakland coach Hue Jackson. Possible defensive candidates could include Kansas City assistant Gary Gibbs, former Jacksonville defensive coordinator and interim coach Mel Tucker, and San Francisco assistant Jim Tomsula.

In other AFC West news:

Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. lists Kansas City’s Tamba Hali as the third best pass-rusher in the NFL.

The San Diego Union-Tribune believes its time the Chargers give Vincent Jackson a long-term deal. I agree. I believe the sides will talk seriously about it. The Chargers would rather not put the hefty franchise tag on Jackson, so a long-term deal might be the best option.

Late-night television has gotten in on Tebowmania.
It was a topic on “SportsCenter” earlier Wednesday, and it will likely make headlines again in the coming days.

Some folks are in a tizzy because Denver coach John Fox doesn’t plan to say whether Brady Quinn or Tim Tebow will be his backup quarterback to starter Kyle Orton. New NFL rules will allow three quarterbacks to be active on game day, so teams won’t have to announce who the No. 2 quarterback will be. The lack of announcement will be for perceived competitive reasons.

Here are some thoughts on this storyline:

There will be a No. 2: Whether Fox announces it or not, the team will know who the No. 2 quarterback is. It will be the player who gets second-team repetitions in practice and it will be the player who replaces Orton if he gets hurt. All recent signs point to Quinn being that player.

Tebow can still hit the field: While Quinn will likely be the backup, there is a chance Tebow will play in 2011 and Quinn won’t. If Orton stays healthy, Quinn won’t hit the field. Yet, the team has some short-yardage packages planned for Tebow, so he can get some playing time.

How Tebow can become the starter: Last year, Tebow played the final three games after the Broncos started 3-10. If the Broncos falter again and the team decides to play for the future, Tebow could play again if Quinn doesn’t get a contract extension soon. With Quinn a free agent and Tebow under contract for several more years, taking a look at Tebow at the end of the year would make more sense.