AFC West: Tom Gamble

Evening AFC West notes

January, 9, 2013
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that new Kansas City coach Andy Reid is interviewing former Minnesota head coach Brad Childress for a role on his staff. Childress, currently the Cleveland Browns' offensive coordinator, has been linked to the Chiefs since Reid was hired. He was offensive coordinator under Reid in Philadelphia, so it won’t be a surprise at all if he ends up in Kansas City.

The Kansas City Star has a look at three men in the running to become the Chiefs’ general manager: John Dorsey, Tom Gamble and Tom Heckert. Dorsey is considered a top candidate.

Denver left tackle Ryan Clady (shoulder) and left guard Chris Kuper (shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday and seem ready to play Saturday against the Ravens. Backup cornerback Tracy Porter (concussion) did not practice.

In an Insider piece, Steve Muench looks at the top pass-rushers Insider available in the draft. One of these players could end up being Oakland’s pick at No. 3.

In another Insider piece, Mel Kiper re-does the 2007 draft Insider. No, JaMarcus Russell didn’t make the cut this time.
Bill O’Brien has said he will remain at Penn State after revitalizing the program in one year.

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.

What is Scott Pioli's future?

December, 31, 2012
Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt is clearly mulling different options and I think he is open to keeping general manager Scott Pioli.

I think one of the ways this could happen is if Hunt decides to hire a coach who is powerful enough to run a big part of the organization and allow Pioli to operate as a top decision maker behind the scenes.

That’s how Pioli made his name in New England. He was Bill Belichick’s right-hand man. In that role, Pioli worked on personnel moves and such. For that to work in Kansas City the right coach would have to be brought in and everyone would have to be on board.

Hunt hasn’t closed the door on Pioli yet and if he does stay, it’s clear it will be in a reduced role. Hunt has said the coach and general manager will report directly to him.

Meanwhile, Kansas City center Ryan Lilja told the Kansas City Star he is retiring. He had a nice season. The Chiefs will be fine because youngster Rodney Hudson will be coming back from an injury. The team likes him. But Lilja’s leadership will be missed.

Fox Sports is reporting the Chiefs will interview Atlanta special teams coach Keith Armstrong. The Chiefs are also talking to Atlanta offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. I think both may be long shot candidates.

Meanwhile, Hunt sent emails to season-ticket holders Monday, promising better days ahead.

In other AFC West news:

The NFL Network reported that the Chargers have been granted permission to speak to 49ers’ executive Tom Gamble about San Diego's general manager’s job. Gamble is a hot candidate.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy will interview with Chicago and Arizona. McCoy is also a hot candidate. I expect him to get a job.

AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky thinks recently-fired Oakland offensive coordinator Gregg Knapp could provide instant help to his former team, Houston, in the playoffs.

I wonder if the Raiders will consider making offensive assistant Al Saunders Knapp’s replacement. He did a fine job under Hue Jackson in 2011.

Oakland coach Dennis Allen said he doesn’t plan to make any other coaching changes. He needs to find an offensive coordinator, special teams coach, offensive line coach and a linebackers coach. Allen had some issues filing his staff last year as far not getting his first choice. Now, he will have a jump on the process and this will give him a chance to build a better staff.

ESPN columnist Ashley Fox thinks the Broncos are heading toward a victory parade.