Teicher: Cowher to Chiefs?
His CBS colleague, Boomer Esiason, thinks Cowher is coming to Kansas
City to coach the Chiefs but not until 2010. A solid move, no doubt,
but if the Chiefs are serious about this, they can't afford to wait.
The big spenders from Dallas and Washington will probably be looking
for a coach next January. The Chiefs don't want to get into a bidding
war with either team, or worse yet both, over Cowher.
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If Chiefs fire Edwards, Spagnuolo could fit there
defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo seemed like a
sure bet to land one of the NFL
's head-coaching jobs this winter. Now it appears his best chance may be with a team that doesn't even have an opening yet.
Spagnuolo interviewed as a finalist with the Rams in Los Angeles
yesterday, and although the team told interim coach Jim Haslett and the
rest of his remaining staff that they will not be retained, Vikings
defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is reported to be the leading
candidate. Spagnuolo still is very much in the mix, though, and the
Rams could make an announcement this weekend.
A Frazier hiring in St. Louis would leave only the Jets
and Raiders' jobs open. Spagnuolo had a second interview with the Jets
on Tuesday and has not interviewed with the Raiders. But Spagnuolo is
believed to be among the favorite candidates for the Chiefs' job should
newly hired general manager Scott Pioli decide to part ways with Herman
Edwards. The Chiefs were 2-14 this season and have lost 23 of their
last 25 games.
Spagnuolo still is considered one of the leading candidates for the Jets' job.full story...
Training camp move to cost more
|The cost for St. Joseph to bring the Kansas City Chiefs' training camp to its turf has grown by $2 million.
But the larger price tag still isn't as much as the community was prepared to pay in the past.
Officials from Missouri Western State University now say the total
project cost could reach $15.7 million. That's including the previously
reported $13.7 million for construction, as well as $2 million in state
Missouri Western is trying to get the Chiefs to help with the $2 million.
Dirck Clark, president of Missouri Western's governing board, says the
university is seeking architects and hopes to start construction on the
camp facility by late summer. It's expected to be a 12-month project.
All hail the Chiefs: Blunt approves $25 million
One of the last acts of Missouri’s Governor Matt Blunt’s legacy in office will contribute to the Missouri Western State University’s legacy, Blunt’s cabinet has approved the $25 million tax credit which will enable the Kansas City Chiefs to come to Missouri Western for summer training camp in 2010.
The $25 million tax credit will go to the Chiefs, but as a requirement of their request they have committed to donating $10 million to Missouri Western to fund the development of an indoor practice facility, a project which is estimated to cost $13.5 million.
“This is tremendous news,” said Dr. Robert Vartabedian, Western’s president said in a statement released by the university. “Hosting the Chiefs’ training camp would provide a great boost to the local economy, give thousands of fans the chance to see their team practice in person and raise the visibility of Western and the St. Joseph area for three weeks every summer.”
Fanhouse: Scott Pioli, Tyler Thigpen, Matt Cassel and the Future of the Chiefs
is tasked with turning around the Chiefs
, a franchise that backed into the playoffs in 2006 but has since won just six times in 32 tries.
There are reasons for optimism, however; Kansas City's 2008 draft class was one of the best in recent memory; Dwayne Bowe
is quickly becoming one of the AFC's best wideouts; and Tyler Thigpen
a draft-day afterthought with the Vikings in '07, played like a legit
NFL quarterback for most of the season. And, of course, Pioli is now
running the show.
But here's the thing: is there any chance Pioli -- who watched a former college backup replace the supposedly irreplaceable Tom Brady
, and succeed while doing it -- tries to work a deal for Matt Cassel
Seems like a longshot, particularly since Pioli just left the Patriots
and sending a couple high-round picks there way for a still unproven
quarterback might appear a tad shady.
Perceptions aside, the
Chiefs won two games last year; they're in no position to squander
draft choices on the hopes that Cassel doesn't suddenly turn into Brodie Croyle
Not only that, but Thigpen's earned the chance at keeping the gig;
after taking over the starting job in Week 8, his passer rating was
north of 75.0 in every game but one. Not Trent Green
numbers, but other than Tony Gonzalez and the fancy uniforms, not much
about the current squad is reminiscent of the team that won 13 games.full story...
Schefter: Chiefs could turn to Pasqualoni as next coach
Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli tries to
decide who should be his next head coach, multiple league sources
believe it is worth paying attention to Dolphins defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni.
When Pioli was a graduate assistant at Syracuse in 1988-1989,
Pasqualoni was an assistant coach at the school (he became head coach
in 1991). Pasqualoni has acquired the reputation as one of the more
respected coaches in the game and merited consideration from other
teams involved in head coaching searches this offseason.
Plus, Pasqualoni works for Pioli’s father-in-law, Bill Parcells,
the Dolphins executive vice president-football operations. Were Pioli
to turn to Pasqualoni, he would be going with a similar coaching model
to the one that Parcells deployed so successfully last season in Miami.
When Parcells accepted the Dolphins job, he hired Tony Sparano,
a 47-year-old coach who was a head coach at the University of New Haven
before moving on to Boston University and the NFL. The now 59-year-old
Pasqualoni had a similar start, coaching at Southern Connecticut State
and Western Connecticut before becoming the head coach at Syracuse in
1987, and then moving on to Parcells’ staff in Dallas in 2005.
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New Chiefs GM says Edwards safe for now
If Herm Edwards is on his way out as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, his new boss isn’t saying.
In his first news conference since being hired as the final authority
on all Chiefs football operations, new general manager Scott Pioli
would go no further Wednesday than to say he intends to visit with
“I have a lot of respect for Herm. I had a chance to visit with Herm
today,” said Pioli, who spent the last nine years helping Bill
Belichick build a dynasty in New England.
Pioli is not unfamiliar with Edwards. The Patriots and New York Jets
played each other twice a year during the four seasons Edwards was head
coach in New York. Edwards is 15-34 in three years in Kansas City and
has one year left on a four-year, $12 million contract.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for Herm on a professional level and a
personal level. This entire thing is going to be a process,” Pioli said.
There have been reports that Edwards, 2-23 in his last 25 games, was on his way out.
“Contrary to reports that were out there, we’re going to spend some
time talking about Herm,” Pioli said. “I’m actually looking forward to
Edwards and his staff were 6-26 in their last two years, the worst span
in team history. They have been waiting to learn their fate since Dec.
15, when Carl Peterson resigned after 20 years as president, CEO and
Chiefs board chairman Clark Hunt has openly said he liked Edwards and
thought he might be the best man to continue the organization’s
“I told Scott that coming into this situation here I have an open mind and I think he also has an open mind,” Hunt said.
Report: K.C. Chiefs To Retain Edwards As Coach
Herm Edwards is likely
to stay on to finish the final year of his contract as Kansas City
coach, sources close to the Chiefs told a major media outlet Wednesday.
54-year-old Edwards is more likely to be retained under the new
leadership of general manager Scott Pioli, instead of being ditched out
of Arrowhead Stadium for next season, according to sources by ESPN.com.
Web site said Pioli was believed to be eying two candidates in a bid to
overhaul the Chiefs' dismal 2-14 mark in 2008-New England offensive
coordinator Josh McDaniels and Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz.
McDaniels has since joined Denver and Ferentz has made it clear he
isn't leaving Iowa, making Edwards the conventional choice to remain in
the Chiefs sidelines at least for another year.
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