Cunningham To Join Lions Staff

After initially refusing Detroit permission to interview Kansas City defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham, the Chiefs relented and 12 hours later the Lions have their man as Kansas City's coaching staff continues to crumble.

Early Monday, rumors began to swell that Cunningham was drawing interest from the Lions. He was being recruited by new head coach Jim Schwartz, who Cunningham worked with in Tennessee for three seasons.

It was believed that Cunningham was far more interested in rejoining Jeff Fisher at Tennessee to replace Schawrtz, but apparently he had a change of heart and picked Detroit instead.

This is the third defection from the Chiefs coaching staff in a week. Last Thursday special teams coach Mike Priefer took a similar post with Denver. Defensive backs coach David Gibbs officially joined the Texans staff on Monday.

So what does this mean for Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach Herm Edwards?

It could mean one of two things.

After speaking with Cunningham, Edwards may have informed him that he would not be back with the Chiefs in 2009. Or it could mean that Cunningham, who I believe would never leave Edwards' side in the present circumstances, understood his head coach and friend was going to be out of work soon.

Adding fuel to fire are multiple reports indicating that Kansas City Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli has a strong interest in Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley as a possible replacement for Edwards.

But that's another in a long line of rumors surrounding the Chiefs' head coaching position. Those rumors and others will continue to boil until there is some resolution in regards to Edwards' 2009 status.

However until then, it is believed that Edwards is in his offices this morning in Kansas City and that Pioli is also in town. At this moment, neither is planning to attend the Senior Bowl festivities in Mobile, Alabama.

Either way KC's defensive staff is becoming more lean by the day and the Chiefs at the moment don't seem to be looking for replacements to fill those voids. That raises far more questions than answers.

At hand now could be the future of offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, who appears high on the radar of the Tampa Bay Bucs.

However, based on the fact none of Gailey's assistant coaches have left the Chiefs yet, it's doubtful he would bail on them, unless he also felt that Edwards was leaving.

But at this hour, there are no indications that Edwards is on his way out.

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