Within minutes of the Steelers 24-19 victory over the Jets, officially anyone on their staff could be free to discuss the few remaining coordinator positions left in the NFL. One of them rests in Kansas City as the Chiefs have failed to attract any top targets to replace offensive coordinator Charlie Weis who left earlier this month for the same job at the University of Florida.
So who are the Chiefs targeting on the Jets coaching staff? One would think Brian Schottenheimer would be a perfect fit for the Chiefs. After all his father, Marty Schottenheimer coached in Kansas City for ten seasons and was recently placed in the teams ring of honor.
But he might not be the man Kansas City may tab as their next offensive coordinator. Per a league source, the Chiefs are showing interest in New York Jets offensive line and assistant head coach, Bill Callahan.
For those that have followed the AFC West, Callahan was formerly the Head Coach of the Oakland Raiders for two seasons, 2002 and 2003. In his first season on the job, he led the Raiders to Super Bowl XXXVII appearance. However, the Raiders lost that game to Jon Gruden's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 48-21. Prior to his head coaching stint with the Raiders, he was Oakland's offensive coordinator from 1998 to 2001.
But like every head coach in Oakland, Managing General Partner Al Davis dumped Callahan a year later after Callahan couldn't repeat his success in year one on the job. However, he wasn't out of work for very long. After he was fired, Callahan took the helm of the University of Nebraska football program from 2003 to 2007; where he guided the Cornhuskers to a pair of bowl games.
Callahan would be an interesting choice for the Chiefs. He's familiar with the AFC West and after Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan told the New York media that Schottenheimer would return to run the New York offense in 2011, it's unlikely he'd be available to the Chiefs.
It's not known who the Chiefs have interviewed to this point in the process. According to Bill Williamson of ESPN, Head Coach Todd Haley, did speak with an undisclosed candidate last Friday, presumably in Kansas City.
Either way we were tipped that General Manager Scott Pioli may have been in Pittsburgh on Sunday. If that's the case, he may have initiated conversations with Callahan about joining the Chiefs coaching staff.
For more on the Kansas City Chiefs search for a new offensive coordinator and reports from our Scout.com staff at this weeks Senior Bowl, stay tuned to Warpaint Illustrated.com.
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