Dead Man Walking: The Chiefs' 2009 Head Coaching Candidates...So Far

From the FanPosts. -Chris

As the tenure for head coach Herm Edwards likely winds down to its final days, or even hours (hence the title) some names have surfaced to be the new Chiefs' head coach for the 2009 season and some have been eliminated.

Per the Kansas City Star, Kirk Ferentz, whose Hawkeye team won their first bowl game since 2005, would appear to be out:

Pioli has worked with University of Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz, who has been rumored to be one of Pioli’s top coaching candidates. Ferentz has been telling those close to him that he will be staying at Iowa.

Per Pro Football Talk, so is Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz:

In response to a suggestion in some circles that new Chiefs G.M. Scott Pioli might pursue Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz to become the new head coach of the team, a league source tells us that it will not be happening.

Per the source, Pioli and Schwartz "despise each other."

Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo appears to be very much in the mix, although he also appears to be the hottest candidate currently on the market with Denver already signing Josh McDaniels, so the Chiefs will have some competition for his services from the Lions (who appear to be favoring Schwartz right now) and the Rams (who will interview Spagnuolo this week).

Rex Ryan, the defensive coordinator for the Ravens has been a name floated among Chiefs fans, but currently he appears to be headed for the New York Jets to replace Eric Mangini.

As for our current coaching staff, it would appear that they're already looking for new homes, per the Star:

Meanwhile, there are signs that Edwards’ staff is beginning to scatter. Special-teams coach Mike Priefer was given permission to interview with Denver and Green Bay. Secondary coach David Gibbs recently interviewed with Houston.

Can't say as the thought of Mike Priefer coaching against us with Denver is going to make me exceptionally unhappy.  I half suspect that his first order of business will be to have Matt Prater compete for his job against Nick Novak to see if Denver needs to upgrade their "veteran leadership" on special teams.


This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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