Chiefs' Assistant Coaches Making Moves

Chiefs owner Clark Hunt and GM Scott Pioli have not yet made their decision on what to do with the head coaching job. Currently, Herm Edwards is still employed at that position, but many believe he's just a sitting duck and will soon receive his dismissal notice. With the head coaching job still in limbo, some assistants are making their moves.

Mike Priefer, KC's special teams coordinator since 2006, has reportedly accepted the same job in Denver, and defensive backs coach since 2006, David Gibbs, has reportedly taken the same job in Houston. David's father, Alex, is an assistant head coach in Houston.

Defensive coordinator/linebackers Gunther Cunningham, who spent 11 seasons with the Chiefs, is reportedly being considered for a similar job in both Detroit and Tennessee. Jim Schwartz, former Titans' defensive coordinator and recently announced new head coach of the Lions, has seemingly created opportunity for Cunningham, who worked under Schwartz in Tennessee as linebackers coach, at both his new place of employment and his last.

So what does all this mean for Edwards? We still don't know. Some may see it as the writing on the wall, but it may be Edwards' willingness to part with these assistants that will give him a chance to keep his job. He hardly seems like the kind of man who would throw others off the ship to try and save himself, but who's to say he wasn't planning on relieving these coaches of their duties all along?

Pioli's hiring hasn't halted speculation within Chiefs Kingdom, and there's still a lot to be learned. There were reports weeks ago that Edwards had told all his assistants to start looking for jobs, and to go on vacation. Some denied these reports, but if two and possibly three assistants have found new jobs without ever being publicly fired of their previous positions, it would point to the rumor being true.

There are few certainties that have been made public for Chiefs fans, about anything. During the GM search, it was unclear who were candidates, what candidates were interviewed, and where Hunt's plane was at any given time. Now, no one can say with absolute certainty that Edwards will be out of a job soon or still be the head coach of the Chiefs in 2009.

Add CBS analyst Boomer Esiason's comments about Bill Cowher possibly taking over as the head man in Kansas City in 2010, and you have a fondue pot full of speculation. When this is all said and done, we're 10 years down the road, and there are four Lombardi trophies being displayed inside the offices at One Arrowhead Drive, someone should write a book about what the heck happened and how the Chiefs returned to prominence.

UPDATE 6:39 PM

Per Adam Schefter of the NFL Network , the Detroit Lions have asked and received permission to interview Kansas City Chiefs defensive Coordinator Gunther Cunningham. Warpaint Illustrated has also learned that Cunningham is a candidate for the Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator vacancy. Per a Titans source when asked about Cunningham in particular being a candidate, we didn't receive a denial or confirmation.

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