I don't live in KC anymore so I don't have the "insider's" slant on all the Head Coach possibilities that I'm sure are being discussed on a daily basis. However, from an outsider's perspective, I might be able to shed some light on a few things some of you may have missed...
A great many of you agree with media people in their views that Romeo Crennel, if successful in his interim stint, should be the front runner for the Head Coaching vacancy next year. The reason you give is, "because he's done so much for the defense". Last I checked, KC's defense was in 26th against the rush, 10th against the pass, middle of the pack in takeaways, and 23rd in the league in scoring defense. Guys, those numbers aren't THAT impressive. Does Eric Berry make that much of an impact? Probably not. Also, let us just offer a scenario that Crennel gets promoted to HC because of his efforts in shaping the defense. You guys are aware that you've just lost the very same D-coordinator you've been praising, right?
Let me tell you why I think Josh McDaniels should be the next Head Coach of the Kansas City Chiefs:
I think that's all I'm going to say about that subject. I would like to offer a couple of other potential candidates, though. We'll start with the usual suspects, Bill Cowher and Jeff Fisher. Is their really anything more I can add about those guys that hasn't been beaten into the ground, other than the fact that I heard from my friend who still lives in Prairie Village who's wife's co-worker is married to a barber who cuts the hair of a Realtor who said Cowher was looking at houses last week in Overland Park.
I'm hearing very strong rumors that Andy Reid may be leaving Philadelphia after the season is over. If these rumors are in fact true, there is no way our HC search should continue without at least knocking on coach Reid's door. The man is a winner and one of the best coaches in the NFL.
Last year, the name Gregg Williams really started to pick up steam for head coaching possibilities around the league. As the D-coordinator for the Saints, this guy has put a championship defense on the field for the last 5 years. In my opinion, he should at least get a look. After all, if you don't know his coaching history, you should probably look it up, as you may find a tie or two to the KC area.
As far as former coaches now living the life of an NFL analyst, I'm not a big fan of Chucky because I just don't think it's a good fit (and I'm not so sure he'd take the job even if it's offered to him considering his love fest for so many other teams not called the Kansas City Chiefs). But... I am a fan of Brian Billick. That guys is a coach's coach in every sense of the word. He was an offense mind who coached one of the most dominating defenses the NFL has ever seen while in Baltimore. He should absolutely get a look.
We've been going the wrong direction for a lot of years. I think the idea of bringing in the "up and comer" is a very good one, especially if you hit the jackpot (good job, San Francisco). Because of that, I think Gregg Williams might be a very good candidate. However, if the Chiefs value the safer route, a seasoned coach with a winning history is a priority. We do NOT want a re-tread. I think I've had all the Herm Edward's I can stand.
Good luck with your coaching search, Pioli. I hope you hit, and hit big with your selection. If not, I will undoubtedly be writing a fan post about who our next GM should be next year.