Expect the "Herm is gone" rumors to pick up as we head deeper into the off season. The more I think about it, the less sense it makes to bring Herm back for another year, unless the new GM wanted to keep him as head coach beyond 2009.
I don't see the Kansas City Chiefs new GM wanting to keep Herm and neither does Adam Schefter of NFL.com:
Multiple NFL executives believe Herman Edwards will not return next season as the Chiefs coach. They believe it is only a matter of time before the change is made.
Once the Chiefs hire a general manager, the belief is that he will bring in his own head coach, which probably would not bother Edwards one bit, being that he has a year left on his contract and he would be free to seek employment elsewhere.
That's something I haven't thought about much. Does Herm even want to stay long term in Kansas City? Nobody wants to lose their job but you have to think Herm is probably ready for a break after the last two seasons. No doubt they've been taxing on the head coach.
Schefter also delivers us a list of possible GM candidates, which it seems everyone is doing nowadays.
Chiefs general manager candidates are thought to include Patriots executive Scott Pioli, Colts vice president of football operations Chris Polian, Tampa Bay’s director of pro personnel Mark Dominik and San Diego’s director of player personnel Jimmy Raye. One of those men, or whoever is hired as the Chiefs general manager, is expected to make the final call on Edwards.
We'll have write ups on those GM candidates we haven't covered coming up this week and, of course, more on Herm's fate. Read about the GM candidates we've covered here.