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01-01-2006, 04:00 PM
Rake this with a grain of salt. It came from warpaint Ill.

Updated 12-31-05 - 11:02 AM According to a report on NBC Affiliate KSHB in Kansas City, Offensive Coordinator Al Saunders could be the next Head Coach of the Detroit Lions. Barring an unforeseen change of heart Warpaint Illustrated has learned that Head Coach Dick Vermeil will call it a coaching career sometime after Sundayís game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
First Offensive Coordinator Al Saunders is now rumored to be the top choice of the Detroit Lions to become their next Head Coach. The only issue at hand is if the Lions interviewed any other minority candidates before offering the job to Saunders. General Manager Matt Millen was fined several years ago for failing to interview any minority candidates so itís presumed that he did that before speaking with Al Saunders this past week. If not, the Lions could lose multiple draft picks in next Aprils NFL Draft.

However it appears the Lions had their ducks in a row this time, as we've heard that they may have interviewed Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon about the head coaching job prior to talking with Saunders.

Warpaint Illustrated has confirmed the interview took place last week. The Detroit Lions Assuming the reports are true that Saunders will be named the next Head Coach of the Detroit Lions, the next question will be which coaches he might take with him from the staff in Kansas City.

The Chiefs would like to retain offensive line coach Mike Solari and quarterbacks coach Terry Shea, who could be promoted to offensive coordinator in Kansas City, but if not each could be part of Saunders staff in Detroit.

Saunders will have his work cut out for him in Detroit. The Lions are expected to release quarterback Joey Harrington and Jeff Garcia is an aging veteran who some feel canít get the job done in the NFL. Still the Lions have a plethora of offensive talent at wide receiver but the Lions offensive line is in need of a major overhaul and this team lacks a solid running back.

Back in Kansas City the Chiefs search for a new Head Coach has already begun with the news that Vermeil, barring a complete change of heart, will retire either on Sunday or Monday.

The number one target for the Chiefs is New York Jets Head Coach Herman Edwards who has a close personal relationship with Vermeil, President Carl Peterson and V.P. of Player Personnel Lynn Stiles.

The snag for the Chiefs is the fact Edwards is still under contract by the Jets. However, he can exercise an out in his contract at seasons end. But according to a source close to the Jets, Edwards has 24 hours to accept a deal to coach another team. If not, heís tied to the Jets for at least one more season. That means he wonít be able to make the jump to Kansas City.

If he does exercise that option, the Chiefs would have to work very fast to secure Edwards who will be a hot commodity in other NFL cities. There is no question that the Chiefs would like Edwards to succeed Vermeil.

Edwards is facing an uphill battle in New York because of a precarious salary cap situation in 2006, itís been rumored that Edwards wants a contract extension to weather the storm the next two seasons while the Jets rebuild. If he does not get one in the next 48 hours, that could give him the ammunition to leave New York and accept an offer from the Chiefs.

If Edwards does agree to terms with the Chiefs, itís not known if Kansas City would have to compensate the Jets with draft picks for luring Edwards away from New York.

But heís not the only candidate on the Chiefs wish list. Other names include Washington Redskins Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams, who is rumored to be on the wish list of the St. Louis Rams and the Houston Texans. That means the Chiefs would have to work very fast to get him to Kansas City before he can interview with those other teams. Of course Williams could succeed Joe Gibbs next season if the veteran coach decides to hang up his whistle and return to his NASCAR interests.
Oklahoma Sooners Head Coach Bob Stoops and Notre Dame Head Coach Charlie Weiss are other possible candidates. Stoops name surfaced at the end of last season and apparently he has an interest in making the jump to the NFL.

Charlie Weiss just signed a contract extension with Notre Dame and his one-year turnaround within that program has made him one of the hotter commodities to return to the NFL.

Now any NFL team that tries to hire Weiss would have to buyout his contract at Notre Dame. Reportedly that figure is $1.5 million which is a drop in the bucket for most NFL teams and its certainly more enticing for the Chiefs to pony up the cash rather than give a team any of their 2006 draft picks.

A dark-horse candidate could be former Lions Head Coach Steve Mariucci but heís believed to be headed to the broadcast booth. One other name making NFL circles is current Atlanta Falcons Head Coach Jim Mora, Jr. Heís becoming increasingly frustrated with quarterback Michael Vick and his lack of growth as a pocket passer. He could be a casualty considering the Falcons once again missed the playoffs.

Regardless of what happens the Chiefs are expected to move very quickly in their search to succeed Dick Vermeil and it would not be surprising if a decision is made by the middle of next week.

Wouldnt this be tampering

01-01-2006, 04:03 PM
This is all old news. WPI put this out yesterday.

01-01-2006, 04:05 PM
If it actually plays out this way, I will give WPI props.

Skip Towne
01-01-2006, 04:05 PM
I thought they passed a rule against draft picks for coaches.

01-01-2006, 04:08 PM
If Coaches are interviewing in Detriot why on earth is the press not reporting it? Chrtist thats huge news.

01-01-2006, 04:09 PM
I thought they passed a rule against draft picks for coaches.

They did.

There is ZERO CHANCE that the Jets, or any team, get draft picks from the Chiefs.

However, it is still possible that, if the Chiefs were tampering, Tags could take away draft picks as a penalty.

Skip Towne
01-01-2006, 04:12 PM
Is it possible Tags could take a header off a tall building?

01-01-2006, 04:13 PM