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Per Adam Schefter at the NFL Network, the Kansas City Chiefs have denied permission to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to interview Chiefs offensive coordinator Chan Gailey for Tampa's open offensive coordinator job. Also, Schefter speculates that this may make Gailey a dark horse candidate for the Chiefs' head coaching gig.
With Kansas City on information lockdown in regards to what it is doing at head coach, there are only educated guesses as to what the Chiefs might do.
Here is another.
Kansas City could wind up interviewing its offensive coordinator, Chan Gailey, for its head coaching job.
How’s this? For starters, Chiefs owner Clark Hunt is an unabashed Gailey admirer. Hunt knows the type of outstanding job Gailey did this past season with Tyler Thigpen and the rest of the Chiefs offense. Hunt would have no problem with Gailey coaching his team, though Hunt also has been a proponent of Herman Edwards staying.
However, Schefter also notes:
Ultimately, the decision belongs to new Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli — and he has been dead-rock silent on the subject, so no one knows what he is thinking.
I'll say this for Chan Gailey...out of all of the members of the Chiefs' 2008 coaching staff, he's pretty much the only one who deserves to stay for 2009. His area of responsibility was one of the few things that went right in last year's disastrous season and the results from his installation of the spread offense mid-season, which turned Tyler Thigpen from uber-scrub into a serviceable NFL quarterback in just a few short games, were nothing short of miraculous considering how dysfunctional the offense Herm wanted to run turned out.
That said, while Gailey's certainly not the worst head coaching candidate out there and he's certainly a damn sight better than Herm Edwards, I still think the Chiefs could do better. As a head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, he had a winning record but didn't take the team to even one playoff win. As the head coach at Georgia Tech he ran only a middling squad. He's an excellent offensive coordinator but Gailey, to me, is pretty much the poster child for a stop-gap head coach. You shouldn't be too unhappy if things go to hell and your team puts him in charge in a pinch, but he probably shouldn't be your team's first choice if there are more successful veteran coaches or promising up-and-comers available instead. So while I'm happy if the Chiefs have decided to retain him for next year's offense, I'm hoping that they're still looking around for next year's head coach.