Posted on: January 28, 2009 8:11 pm
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Possible Head Coaches for the 2009

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For my first blog entry I want to simply go over the rumored coaches that could take over for the Chiefs this year. Herm Edwards is finially out of town, and some new blood can come in. There is other talent that I am leaving out i.e. Holmgren, Shanahan, and Cowher as they have all stated that they will not be coaching in 2009. So the candidates that I am reviewing are:

 

Todd Haley:

PROS- Todd Haley is currently the offensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals. This is his 2<sup>nd</sup> year in this position. With the trend of going with young coaches Todd fits the mold weighing in at the 41 year old marker. Hiring a talented young coach is exactly what the Chiefs need for the young team. Growing up as a boy he was a ball boy for the Steelers. Todd’s father, Dick Haley was the personnel director for the Steelers at the time. Todd has been in the football environment for most of his life, and would be a good evaluator of talent.

CONS- With youth comes inexperience. Todd has no Head Coaching experience. A majority of the experience that Todd has is as a wide receivers coach. When placed in confrontations with his players he has exploded into frenzy. Do we need someone that is going to yell at our young talented players? Todd has 5 kids, and doesn’t appear to want to move them across the country.

 

Russ Grimm:

Pros- Russ Grim is an established fixture in the NFL and probably my personal favorite to coach in 2009. Russ Grimm has personally played in 4 Super Bowls and won 3 Super Bowl rings. This experience is something that few get a chance to share with there players, and is a great way to motivate his players.   In 2005 Grimm picked up his 4<sup>th</sup> Super Bowl ring as the Offensive Line Coach of the Steelers. Grimm has been the assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach for the Cardinals for the past 2 seasons. As a result of his work on the line the Cardinals have the 5<sup>th</sup> best offense in the league. Grimm is a proven winner, and should be given the opportunity to be Head Coach of the Chiefs.

Cons- At 49 Russ Grim is starting to push the limit of the young coach movement. He is still under 50, but pushing the limit. Russ appears to have a strong understanding from the offense, but what is his take on defense? The Chiefs had one of the worst defenses in the league last year, and without a defensive coordinator on the books we need someone that will help straighten out or defense.

 

Chan Gailey:

PROS- Chan is already established with the Kansas City Chiefs. This gives him a little bit of an edge on the current talent on the team. Chan’s schemes last year turned a miserable offense into something that could put up some points in the 1<sup>st</sup> half. Chan has the experience from coaching the Dallas Cowboys for 3 years, and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets for 5 years. At most it would appear if we were to promote Chan it would only be for a year(unless he made a major improvement). Then in 2010 we would sign Cowher, Holmgren, or Shanahan.

CONS- While Chan has the experience at the head coaching position he doesn’t have the experience of wining championships. Chan lost every wildcard playoff birth he coach, and has never won any big College bowl games. Chan is 59 and is not what we are looking for in leading our “Youth Movement” in a Head Coaching role.

 

Jon Gruden

PROS- Jon Gruden has the experience of winning a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Gruden has studying under Bill Walsh and Mike Holmgren and knows the ropes of the “West Coast Offense”. Gruden is noted as resuscitation the miserable 97 Raiders into a playoff caliber team within a couple of years. In 2000 and 2001 they had made it to the AFC West Championship game. After taking over Tony Dungy’s job in Tampa he was able to win his first Super Bowl.

 

CONS- It is unsure whether Jon Gruden should be considered the catalyst for wining the Super Bowl for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Many say that Tony Dungy(whom ended up wining a Super Bowl with the Colts) should be considered the reason why Tampa bay had won the Super Bowl. Most of this is considered by the ‘eye for talent’ that Tony Dungy possesses. Since the Super Bowl win Gruden’s teams have continued to regress, this led to his firing.

 

 

So Mr. Pioli I hope that you have evaluated the coaches out there, and have made a decision that will bring our Chiefs back into a force that isn't to be recogned with.

 
 
 
 
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