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Tuesday, April 5, 2011
AFC West coaches are shut out

By Bill Williamson

 No AFC West coach received a top-10 vote in our coach Power Rankings. Let’s look at what each coach in the division needs to do to get on the list:

Denver, John Fox: Fox is considered a strong coach, but he wasn’t going to get much notice after a poor ending to his Carolina career. However, if Fox turns around the Broncos quickly (the Panthers went to the Super Bowl in his second season there), Fox could get on this list in a hurry.

Kansas City, Todd Haley: If the Chiefs go to the playoffs in 2011, Haley could debut on the top-10 list. He did a nice job in 2010, his second season in Kansas City. He is one of the league’s bright young coaches.

Oakland, Hue Jackson: If the Raiders get to the playoffs in the next two seasons, I’d expect this first-time head coach to get a lot of respect. There are high expectations for Jackson after his strong 2010 as the Raiders’ offensive coordinator.

San Diego, Norv Turner: I think Turner will have to take the Chargers deep into the playoffs -- maybe even the Super Bowl -- for him to get on the list. A tad underrated, Turner doesn’t get much respect, but a Super Bowl trip would have to earn him recognition.