I know it's all speculation at this point, but I guess I'll take a whack at it.
This thread is for ideas if the Chiefs fire Herm.
Who is the new GM? Scott Pioli, VP of Player Personnel of NE
Who is the new Coach? Josh Daniels, offensive coordinator of NE or Steve Spagnuolo, defensive coordinator of NYG (the way I see it, the new head coach will be a first time head coach if Pioli is chosen)
Who is on his staff? No idea. Too hard to tell. But more than likely Gunther will be gone. Chan Gailey will probably stay though.
What offensive system do they go with? Depends on the draft, but I see the Chiefs continuing the spread/pistol for another season, at least until they can clean up the defense
Who plays QB? Thigpen (I may be biased on this one because I think Thigpen deserves one season to prove what he can do, especially if he has competent coaching.
Who gets cut, traded and signed? Probably more purging of the older/veteran players. Sadly, Donnie Edwards will retire. McIntosh, Surtain, Ron Edwards, Huard should be gone. Croyle might stay at a low price, who knows. I like Gray as a backup QB, he serves the part well. The Chiefs will probably not re-sign Webb, since I barely see him on the field anymore. Niswanger will re-sign as a back-up, but may compete for a starting position. Kolby Smith will re-sign cheap because he is not starting material yet. I think Tony will stay, especially if Thigpen is the QB. LJ will be traded, but the Chiefs may only get a third round.
As for players to sign for FA,
Terrell Suggs, DE
Jonathan Vilma, ILB
An O-line player of some sort: the Chiefs would hit big if they can get either Jason Peters, Jordan Gross, or Vernon Carey, in that order
Of course if the Chiefs add Haynesworth, Asomugha, or a receiver would be nice for the Chiefs but not a necessity
Who gets drafted to fill needs?
1.Either OLB Aaron Curry or ILB Rey Maualuga
2. OC Alex Mack
3. the best OT/OG still on the board, depth for now, but competition for a starting position, however, changes if the Chiefs can add one through free agency. If so, then probably a DE to throw in a rotation or BPA. The Chiefs have a lot of needs
The Chiefs may need to draft a big back or every-down back after the third or with the pick taken from the LJ trade. It is hard to say that Smith or Charles can take the starting role yet, but a three headed running attack will work well, especially if the O-line is improved during the offseason.