Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Who Will Be The Next Head Coach Of The Chiefs?

Now that Romeo Crennel has been fired, Chiefs fans can focus on who will be leading Kansas City next season. Several coaches lost their jobs this past Monday, which means there are several open positions across the league.

It is important to note that while the Chiefs still have not made a decision on the fate of maligned general manager Scott Pioli, chairman Clark Hunt will be directing this coaching search. Hunt has stated that he would like to find a younger coach who could be with the team for a long time, and many speculate that he will try to find an offensive-minded coach, especially if the team drafts a quarterback with its first overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft. Hunt’s control of the situation also likely eliminates coaches that Pioli has ties with, such as Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz and New England’s Josh McDaniels.

One name that has surfaced is Bruce Arians, and while he doesn’t fit Hunt’s desired age range, he would be a strong fit for the Chiefs. Arians performed well as Indianapolis’ interim head coach this season, and he helped develop Andrew Luck. Arians has also worked with the likes of Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger. Other offensive minded coaches include Mike McCoy, the offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos, Dirk Koetter, offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons, and Jay Gruden, offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals. Washington’s Kyle Shanahan could also be in the mix, however Hunt may be concerned with how young he is (only 33) and the fact that he is the son of the man who coached the rival Denver Broncos to two Super Bowl victories.

If the Chiefs decide to go with a defensive-minded coach, Perry Fewell of the New York Giants would be a great fit. Fewell has routinely developed one of the top pass-rushing attacks in the league, and could help Kansas City’s young defensive lineman develop and find ways to maximize the talent of Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. Cincinnati’s Mike Zimmer may also be a possibility.

The hottest name from the college ranks has to be Oregon’s Chip Kelly, who has developed one of the most lethal offenses in college football history and could be a Jim Harbaugh-type that wins big both in college and in the NFL.

There is a deep pool of head coaching candidates this offseason, however the Chiefs will have to compete with several other franchises that all finished with a better record this past season. The team may not get its first pick, but Hunt will certainly have plenty of options.

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