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Chiefs Coach to Address Chan Gailey Situation After Practice

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Since we're all waiting on Todd Haley's press conference to commence I wanted to make sure we're all on the same page.  

Haley's press conference will come after practice.  Video and transcript will likely not be available until an hour or so after the session but I imagine we'll find out the gist of what he said before that.

Consider this an open thread. This is what's been happening today.  First, some non-Gailey news.

Peter King of SI confirms the report that Cassel sprained his MCL. It's a grade two which is about a two week injury according to King so his status for Baltimore is very much up in the air.

Around 10:00 AM: Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports the Chiefs have "fired" offensive coordinator Chan Gailey

The word "fire" may be wrong considering the language in the Chiefs press release announcing the move:

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Monday that Chan Gailey has been relieved of his duties as offensive coordinator. Gailey’s status with the club will be addressed by head coach Todd Haley following the conclusion of today’s practice.

His "status" may be one where he remains with the club. We're not clear on that right now, but we do know that Chan Gailey will not be calling plays for the Chiefs in 2009.

Around 11:00 AMWho will be Gailey's replacement?

Two names are popping up: Todd Haley and Maurice Carthon.  Haley of course called plays and I know of several folks in the Chiefs media world that expect Haley to call plays no matter who is fired.  Carthon has the Chiefs connection and has the respect of Haley.

Around 11:00 AMHaley, Sirianni working with the QBs

It's been reported that Todd Haley and assistant coach Nick Sirianni are working with the quarterbacks in the Chiefs practice.  This duty was previously given to Gailey.

Sirianni coached WRs for three years at the Univ. of Penn.

Around 11:30 AM: Thigpen running with the first team

With Cassel injured, it's been reported that Tyler Thigpen is running with the first team offense.  The competition for the No. 2 spot hasn't been decided yet but many of us have thought that the job would go to Brodie Croyle.  

This definitely doesn't mean Thigpen's the starter if Cassel should miss week one at Baltimore.  It is intriguing, though.

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That's it for now.  We will post an update on the Gailey situation as soon as we know.