Warpaint Illustrated has confirmed the news from ESPN that the Chiefs are hoping to talk with former Dallas Cowboys offensive guru Chan Gailey.
Gailey was in San Francisco on Friday and Saturday interviewing with 49ers head coach Mike Nolan, but has not been offered San Francisco's coordinator job. Nolan is scheduled to meet with former Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz on Monday, who now appears to be the front runner for the job.
The Chiefs are under the gun a bit because they'd like to have their new coordinator in house by the end of the week. They can then make preparations for their trip to the Senior Bowl later this month.
There are also several head coaching vacancies open, meaning offensive coordinators and position coaches will be on the move, so the Chiefs can't wait too long. They plan on talking with Jaguars quarterbacks coach David Shula this week, as the NFL allows position coaches and assistant coaches to talk to other teams about promotions once the Wild Card round is complete.
It's believed that Edwards and UTEP offensive coordinator Eric Price have already discussed KC's offensive coordinator job. Based on the fact Price has not had any other NFL suitors calling, this appears to be his only opportunity in the big show.
Gibbs coming to Kansas City?
Sunday's news concerning Gailey is given more credence by the fact the Chiefs are reportedly interested in hiring Alex Gibbs to coach the offensive line. Gibbs coached on the same Denver Broncos staff with Gailey in the late 1980s, so there appears to be a connection forming.
Gibbs worked for the Chiefs during the Marty Schottenheimer era but left with some hard feelings. He wanted to return to Denver in the 90s, but KC's front office attempted to block the move. They ended up losing out as the league ruled Gibbs could take on an assistant head coach title to go along with his offensive line coaching duties.
While in Denver, Gibbs helped make running back Terrell Davis a superstar. The Broncos developed the NFL's premier offensive line at the time.
Gibbs came out of retirement the last three years to coach Atlanta's offensive line, but clashed with his players over weight issues at the beginning of 2007 (Gibbs wanted his linemen to weight less than 300 pounds).
Herm Edwards has always admired Denver's zone-blocking schemes. We've been told he believes Gibbs is key to fixing KC's offensive line. He's not been hired as of yet, but our sources say he could return to Kansas City again sometime this week.
In Other Chiefs News:
• It appears Mike Solari won't be out of work very long. The hot rumor is that Marty Schottenheimer is the front-runner to replace Brian Billick in Baltimore. If that happens, Cam Cameron, who was recently fired by the Dolphins, would rejoin Schottenhiemer as the Ravens offensive coordinator. Solari would join the staff as Baltimore's line coach.
• The Chiefs are narrowing their choices in the search for a running backs coach. Warpaint Illustrated learned this week they have a list of two or three coaches they'd like to interview, some with past ties to the Chiefs. Herm Edwards is looking for someone who will develop Larry Johnson into a more complete running back.
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