When I woke up this morning the only known candidate for the Kansas City Chiefs head coaching job was Romeo Crennel. And by day's end we've had two more candidates identified. If you missed the day's coaching search news, we'll recap it here for you to use at the water cooler (I work at home but surely people don't use water coolers anymore, right?).
ESPN reported that the Chiefs were interviewing Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin. The Chiefs head coaching is a promotion so they're allowed to talk to Philbin during the Packers bye week. They couldn't hire him until after the Packers are eliminated, which could be the Super Bowl, so I don't see this happening if the Packers keep winning.
Earlier this morning I talked with Andrew Brandt, president of National Football Post and former Green Bay Packers executive, about Philbin as a candidate for the Chiefs job. Brandt said Philbin is a "solid coach", has been around the Packers through multiple head coaches and "operated successfully in the shadows. He has experience coaching the offensive line and managing a prolific offense. Moreover, Joe has a great sense of humility and ego."
Moving on to the next candidate....
The Chiefs reportedly interviewed free agent coach Jeff Fisher last week. Bob Gretz reports the meeting didn't result in anything and the two sides are moving their separate ways. I'm a little surprised by this but maybe I shouldn't be. Fisher may end up interviewing at every single open head coaching this year.
So we have three names linked to the Chiefs job -- Crennel, Philbin and Fisher. And I'd still say Crennel is the favorite to land the job. No word on any sort of timetable the Chiefs have in the coaching search.