Another Coach On The Move?

With reports that current Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham may have interviewed for similar positions in Detroit and quite possibly in Tennessee, now comes word that offensive coordinator Chan Gailey could meet with Tampa Bay about their opening at offensive coordinator. This raises even more questions about the coaching situation in Kansas City.

This morning the Tampa Bay Bucs, under new head coach Raheem Morris and General Manager Mark Dominik, ousted six members of Jon Gruden's coaching staff.

In rebuilding their coaching lineup, one of the Bucs' first calls might go to Gailey, who sits in limbo with the rest of the Kansas City coaching staff. This has to raise suspicions that something might be developing in Kansas City.

Special teams coach Mike Priefer is settled in Denver and defensive backs coach David Gibbs is in Houston. With Cunningham looking to two other NFL cities and now the news of Gailey interviewing with Tampa Bay, something has to give.

New Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli, who likely will sit out Senior Bowl activities this week, has kept true to his word. He's going to work tirelessly to get his new house in order.

First at hand is the future of Edwards. As of this morning we could not verify for certain if he was heading to Mobile, Alabama for Senior Bowl week. If he does not attend, and we'll know shortly with the first practice set for 3:00 PM Monday afternoon, that could lead to speculation that Pioli has made a decision on his future.

This afternoon reporters noticed that Edwards and Pioli were not with other members of the Kansas City Chiefs personnel department and scouts that watched the North and South practices later in the day.

It could also mean that Edwards and Pioli have talked and aren't concerned over the loss of what may end up being the entire 2008 coaching staff.

Gailey could be Morris' top candidate for offensive coordinator, but it's also been reported that New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who was passed over for the head coaching job in favor of former Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, might be a candidate.

It's certainly unclear at the moment if Schottenheimer is a lock to stay on Ryan's staff. If Gailey does indeed leave for Tampa Bay, Schottenheimer will be looking for work elsewhere.

What's confusing about the initial internet report from the Senior Bowl is that Gailey is referred to as being "recently fired" from his position in Kansas City. Later in the day the St, Petersburg Times removed that tidbit from it's on line report. Other candidates for Tampa's offensive coordinator job include former Rams head coach Scott Linehan and Browns offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.

The bottom line is that the Chiefs are losing coaches. With Ryan in New York, Morris in Tampa, Steve Spagnuolo in St. Louis, Jim Schwartz in Detroit and Josh McDaniels in Denver, assistants will be coming off the board quickly. The Chiefs might be on the outside looking in trying to fill their own coaching vacancies in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned to Warpaint Illustrated for more news on the Chiefs coaching situation.


There has been speculation that Cunningham was going to interview for a vacancy on the Detroit Lions staff but has learned that he may have only spoken with Tennessee Head Coach Jeff Fisher about their defensive coordinator job that opened up when Jim Schwartz left to become Detroit's head coach. We've confirmed he never interviewed with Schwartz as has been reported by the KC Star. Top Stories