- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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The AFC West didn’t play much of a role in this week's Power Rankings where we looked at the top 10 up-and-coming assistant coaches.
We were looking for assistants who could soon be head coaches in the NFL. Coaches who have been interim head coaches were eligible; former full-time coaches, however, were not eligible.
No current AFC West assistant made the list. Former San Diego Chargers assistant Rod Chudinski was ranked fourth. He left the Chargers earlier this year to become Ron Rivera’s offensive coordinator in Carolina. Rivera was the Chargers’ defensive coordinator until the Panthers hired him as head coach in January, so, I guess there was an AFC West feel on the list.
Oakland Raiders defensive line coach Mike Waufle received some votes and he finished in 13th place. I ranked Waulfle in 10th place. I really like the way Oakland’s defensive line developed under his guidance last season. To a man, his defensive linemen swear by Waufle. He’s definitely a coach to keep an eye on.
I didn’t vote for any other AFC West assistant. The other current AFC West assistant to receive votes was new San Diego special teams coach Rich Biasaccia. He was in 15th place. Biasaccia is well respected and is expected to instantly help the Chargers’ weak spot. But I want to see him in action first before I give him a top-10 vote.