The Kansas City Chiefs have been in desperate need of a serious head coach for about 6 years now... at least. I tend to believe that the best head coaches generally come from a defensive minded background. That's not to say that offensive minded coaches can't make good head coaches, I'm just saying that if I were tasked to try and find a new head coach for my football team, I'd start with coaches with a background on the defensive side of the ball.
I've done a quick search for coaches who I'd consider for the head coaching position for the Kansas City Chiefs. I did this same exercise back when they were looking to replace Peterson/Edwards and came up with my preference for Jim Schwartz or Rex Ryan. Instead, Pioli went with Haley and we all see where those two roads have led.
After researching these guys a little bit, I think I'd like to suggest an offensive coordinator and head coach for this football team. With any luck, they don't get bogged down with deep playoff runs that would prevent them from becoming candidates.
For offensive coordinator, I would prefer to bring on Bill Musgrave. The Offensive Coordinator in Minnesota has already helped groom Matt Ryan into a top tier QB in Atlanta and if the Chiefs continue on their current path, they're going to need someone who can groom Andrew Luck the same way.
At head coach, I want a 3-4 defensive-minded head coach. I want someone who's been a head coach before. I want someone with a recent history of success... I want Dom Capers, the Defensive Coordinator in Green Bay. You may remember Capers as the first head coach for the expansion Carolina Panthers and then again for the expansion Houston Texans. The same head coach with a 49-81 record in 9 years as a head coach.
But, this is also the same Dom Capers who won EVERY coaching award possible in '96. He has NEVER had a team with ANY talent and was still able to pull out 50 victories with 2 expansion teams over 9 seasons. He also recently took Green Bay's 21st ranked defense and turned them into a #2 defense in 2009, which carried the load for their Super Bowl team last season. Dom Capers runs a version of the 3-4, which is what the Chiefs have built their roster to run. He finally has the talent here in Kansas City to prove that he belongs as a head coach in this league.
I understand that Capers probably isn't a sexy pick to some people, but I believe his experience as a head coach and defensive coordinator along with his experience with rookie QBs will go a long way in helping Kansas City be successful. The only problem with hiring Capers could be a possible long run in the playoffs for the Green Bay Packers.
Here are the bios for some of the other candidates I've read up on.
Brian VanGorder- http://www.atlantafalcons.com/roster...an-van-gorder/
The 2010 Atlanta Falcons were fifth in the NFL in points allowed and seventh in turnovers.
The credit goes to Brian VanGorder.
A linebackers coach by trade, VanGorder can be thanked for the steady play of the Atlanta front seven over the past three seasons.
Winston Moss- http://www.packers.com/team/coaches/...3-59d09345a58d
There are many things on Winston Moss' resume to get excited about.
He has played in the NFL, so that's a big plus. He has also worked under one of the game's best defensive coordinators, Dom Capers, in both 3-4 and 4-3 systems.
Moss' flexibility, knowledge and role as assistant head coach will make his name a hot one when NFL head coaching jobs become available.
Bill Musgrave- http://www.vikings.com/team/coaches/...b-6d908e50c235
Here is all you need to know about Bill Musgrave.
He's the man responsible for getting Matt Ryan ready for the NFL after the Atlanta Falcons made him the No. 3 overall pick in the draft.
The same Matt Ryan who led his team to the playoffs in his rookie season.
And that's the same Matt Ryan who has voted to the Pro Bowl as a rookie.
Brian Schottenheimer- http://www.newyorkjets.com/team/coac...0-85c5b687f080
With a rookie quarterback under his watch in 2009, Brian Schottenheimer's offense scored the 17th most points in the NFL and won nine games.
In 2010, still with a young quarterback, the Jets were ranked No. 13 in points scored and almost made the Super Bowl.
Schottenheimer was a surprise no-hire this past offseason. That will not happen again.
As jobs open up during the 2011 season, Schottenheimer's name will be linked to them all.
Mike Mularkey http://www.atlantafalcons.com/roster...mike-mularkey/
One name that consistently gets mentioned any time there is a head coaching vacancy is that of Mike Mularkey.
The former NFL player has experience as a head coach but is now the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons. He has also been in the running for top jobs in Detroit and Tennessee in recent years.
Mularkey's balanced offensive attack in Atlanta has caught the eye of many NFL owners. Barring a deep playoff run in 2011, Mularkey will be among the short-list of the best available coordinators for every job opening.
Russ Grimm http://www.azcardinals.com/team/coac...6-ba550222b3a7
Former player. Super Bowl winner. Hall of Famer. Assistant head coach.
Russ Grimm has a resume that should attract every owner in the NFL, but he has yet to climb the mountain and sit atop as a head coach in the NFL.
And we have no idea why not.
Grimm, who coached under Bill Cowher on the Pittsburgh Steelers staff, was at one time considered for the job opening there once Cowher retired. Turned down for the job, Grimm followed fellow coordinator Ken Whisenhunt to Arizona.
With the Cardinals the two quickly re-shaped the roster and led the formerly terrible team to the Super Bowl.
Still, no calls.
Grimm deserves a chance at a head coaching job. We hope he gets his shot.
Perry Fewell http://www.giants.com/team/coaches/p...8-cab0e8364086
The fact that Fewell is not a head coach in the NFL is somewhat insulting. As a defensive coordinator he has turned around a horrible Buffalo Bills defense and even served as interim head coach before the team hired Chan Gailey.
As defensive coordinator of the Giants, Fewell led a defense that finished turnovers created and was second in first downs allowed, as well as being No. 7 overall.
Perry Fewell's day in the NFL is coming.
Dom Capers http://www.packers.com/team/coaches/...1-990ace793dd9
Dom Capers was a miserable head coach (49-81 career record), but history should show that he was never coaching the most talented teams in the NFL either.
As a defensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers, Capers is experiencing a second-birth in the NFL.
His 3-4 defense is catching on, and variations of it will be ran in San Francisco this fall under Vic Fangio.
Under Capers, the Packers' defense went from No. 21 in 2008 to No. 2 in 2009. In 2010, his defense was the backbone of the team's Super Bowl winning season, ranking No. 2 in scoring defense, No. 5 in total defense, No. 2 in interceptions, No. 2 in sacks, and No. 1 in opposing quarterback passer rating.