Good morning! More updates, opinion, and speculation on the head coaching search in today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy.
Whether the Chiefs next coach should be Crennel or an external candidate, arguments can be made for both. The fact remains that only two head coaches in Chiefs history have been able to make more than one playoff appearance and both are in the team's Hall of Fame.
The Chiefs want their next head coach to be a consistent winner, consistently competing for championships. Those expectations put whoever is hired the same circle as Stram and Marty Schottenheimer.
As the search continues, it's not about external vs. internal, it's about finding the right fit.
Head Coaching Search: Internal Or External Hire? from The Mothership
Perhaps interim head coach Romeo Crennel isn't such a slam dunk for the Chiefs' permanent job after all.
Multiple reports on Wednesday had Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin interviewing in Kansas City on Wednesday night for the Chiefs' head coaching position.
Chiefs Reportedly Interview The Packers' Joe Philbin from KC Star
Three key offensive players lost to left knee injuries in three consecutive games. Moeaki, Berry and Charles were the poster boys for the Chiefs nightmarish start to the 2011 season.
Now, in 2012, the three are tackling rehabilitation together, even competing with one another during weight training sessions.
"I was the first one to do it, so they would ask questions at first about what to expect," Moeaki said.
"We're one and two weeks apart, but as far as the big picture we're on the same schedule now. When we're doing exercising drills, I'll try to sneak in an extra 10 pounds on those guys. It's a little thing, but we compete with everything."
Moeaki, Berry And Charles Turn Injury Rehab Into Competition from The Mothership
The Chiefs already have started their head coaching search and have had "several interviews," a Kansas City source told Schefter...
...A source told ESPN.com's Bill Williamson that Crennel is expected to interview for the Chiefs job in the next several days.
Crennel, the former Cleveland Browns head coach, said he'll listen to other opportunities "at the appropriate time," even if they're outside of Kansas City.
Source: Chiefs, Joe Philbin To Talk from ESPN
Daniel E. LaBlance was arrested and held on $50,000 bond. DNA found at the scene matched LaBlance, who was already on parole for burglary.
Some of McCluster's items were found at LaBlance's residence.
LaBlance had been convicted of second-degree murder, and has had several drug arrests.
Felon Arrested In Dexter McCluster Home Burglary from SportingNews
There are a couple of other interesting candidates with Bears connections, although both had moved on before Smith took over in 2004...
...Todd Haley is another former Bears assistant out of work after he was fired as the Kansas City Chiefs' head coach during their disappointing 7-9 season.
But Haley guided K.C. to a 10-6 record in 2010, matching the Chiefs' win total for the previous three seasons combined.
Haley was the Bears' wide receivers coach from 2001-03, and he helped the Arizona Cardinals reach Super Bowl XLIII as offensive coordinator.
Bears Should Make Tice Offensive Coordinator from The Chicago Daily Herald
Crennel has spoken, both literally and figuratively, and I have to believe Pioli and Chiefs Chairman Clark Hunt have heard him loud and clear. Within the next several days, we should be hearing the official announcement of Crennel being named the next head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. If not, he certainly will get strong consideration for one of the five other NFL coaching vacancies.
The Chiefs' shouldn't and can't allow that happen. Crennel deserves to be here.
Kansas City: The Chiefs must find a coach who can function well within the system put in place by GM Scott Pioli. The coach must be a willing partner and not easily disgruntled. Pioli should not stray far from the tree in New England. If he does, he must find a candidate who is willing to simply coach the team and let the personnel department handle player procurement, as is the case with Mike McCarthy in Green Bay. The favorite and probably best choice would be Romeo Crennel, the current interim head coach.
Bucs: When you're outscored by an average of 13 points per game, there are holes everywhere. A young defensive line is stocked with premium draft picks, but the linebackers and secondary are substandard. Offensively, Tampa Bay desperately needs more speed. Grade: 5.
Jaguars: The league's most inept offense relies too much on Pro Bowl running back Maurice Jones-Drew. The Jags need a major upgrade at receiver, but are sturdy in the trenches and at linebacker. Grade: 5.
Dolphins: Miami has a few dangerous weapons in running back Reggie Bush and receiver Brandon Marshall. The rush defense is outstanding and LB Cameron Wake is a premier pass rusher. Grade: 6.
Rams: Running back Steven Jackson must be tired of carrying this offense. Injuries exposed a glaring lack of depth. Receiver and cornerback are key positions of need. Grade: 3.
Chiefs: There is something to build around with running back Jamaal Charles and safety Eric Berry come off season-ending injuries. Berry and linebackers Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson are playmakers, but KC is weak in the trenches. Grade: 5.
Comparing The Open NFL Coaching Positions from Tampa Bay Online