Crennel, who has three games to convince the Chiefs' brass to award him the permanent gig in 2012, debuts against the undefeated Green Bay Packers this weekend at Arrowhead. Prior to our first column on the coaches, I'd never given Crennel a chance to win the job. But I won't rule him out now.
2. Brian Billick – Warpaint Illustrated has learned that representatives for Billick have indeed reached out to the Chiefs to inquire about the job. Billick, who is a Super Bowl winning coach and currently sits as an analyst for NFL Network and online for Fox Sports.com, hasn't been a hot topic in coaching circles in recent years.
Is that fit in Kansas City? Perhaps. He had a killer defense in Baltimore and a terrible offense. Sound familiar? He built the kind of teams Marty Schottenheimer built during his tenure in Kansas City. So that makes him a perfect candidate to come to the Chiefs and remold them into a team with a dominating defense that happens to have more pieces in place on offense than he ever had for the Ravens.
3. Tom Cable – Don't laugh. He got a raw deal in Oakland and had little to work with while serving as Raiders head coach. When he was fired last January, I was hoping Pioli would insist to former head coach Todd Haley that he hire Cable as KC's offensive line coach.
To me, he was the coach of the year in the AFC West in 2010. All he did was go 6-0 in the division, but still managed to miss the playoffs. Injuries, a meddling owner and the presence of Hue Jackson, who had been rumored to be taking over for Cable as early as October, didn't help matters much.
Thus, he got the boot. But someday he's going to get a chance again and when he does, someone is going to get a good football coach.
4. Brian Schottenheimer – If my sources are correct, Marty's son might end up in Miami next season to coach the Dolphins. But his father would love to see him come to the Chiefs where he began his coaching career as a quarterbacks coach.
Those are killer qualities you want in any head coach. The Dolphins are looking for the next Don Shula. The Chiefs are looking for someone who can bring consistency back to the organization.
Will it be the former Kansas City native? It's highly unlikely, but then again nobody ever thought Brian's father would spurn the San Diego Chargers before being convinced to come to Kansas City by Carl Peterson the same offseason.
5. Kevin Gilbride – As the New York Giants offensive coordinator since 2007, he's had the pleasure of developing Eli Manning into a winner, and one of the best fourth-quarter passers in the league.
I've heard his name mentioned with the Jacksonville Jaguars and he could be a hot commodity if the Giants make a late season run or go deep into the NFC playoffs.
He really doesn't have any ties to Scott Pioli but then again maybe that's a good thing. All I know is that in recent weeks, his name is in the running for 2012 head-coaching jobs.
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