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- Romeo rumored to be the man in Kansas City. For never was a story of more woe, than this of Pioli and his Romeo. The Chiefs appear ready to make Romeo Crennel the head coach, removing the interim label and promoting him from the defensive coordinator position he held over the last two seasons. Better than the rumors about Josh McDaniels.
- Josh McDaniels to the Patriots as an offensive assistant. Speaking of McDaniels, he is going back to New England. With the news that Bill O’Brien will be the next head coach at Penn State after the playoffs, McDaniels has joined the Patriots as an offensive assistant during the playoffs, and will promote to offensive coordinator, the role he held until leaving for Denver after the 2008 season. Not sure what to think about McDaniels serving on a staff all season, but being able to formally play a role with another now that the season has ended, particularly when he was not fired (despite Spagnuolo being let go) and the Pats asked permission to speak with him.
- Mike Tice promoted to Offensive Coordinator in Chicago. Mike Tice has never served as an offensive coordinator, and has been the offensive line coach in Chicago. The line, of course, that cannot protect Jay Cutler. So, Tice will now serve as offensive coordinator, and is likely drawing up plays that involve Jay Cutler and 10 blockers as we speak.
- Greg Manusky out, Pagano in as Defensive Coordinator in San Diego. Teflon Norv may have survived, but Greg Manusky took the fall after one season as defensive coordinator. Linebacker coach John Pagano has been promoted to replace him.
- Reggie McKenzie named as GM of the Oakland Raiders. McKenzie served as the Green Bay Packers director of football operations.
- Todd Haley could return to Arizona as offensive coordinator. McDaniels is not the only one that could return to his former role after a failed stint as head coach in the AFC West. Todd Haley is close to being named as the offensive coordinator in Arizona, the role he held through the Super Bowl in January 2009.
- Dave Wannstedt to coach defense in Buffalo. The ‘Stache is in charge of the defense in Buffalo, as Wannstedt will replace George Edwards as defensive coordinator. Wannstedt was already on staff as assistant head coach.
- Brian Schottenheimer . . . is . . . interviewing for a head coaching job. Everyone knows about the Rooney Rule. The lesser known corollary is the Shula Rule, which dictates that teams must interview the lesser qualified offspring of a famous coach. The Jaguars have now fulfilled their Shula obligations, and can hire at will.
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