Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
Monday's announcement that general manager Carl Peterson will resign, effective the end of this season, essentially means the Chiefs will have a completely new look.
The word around the Chiefs' headquarters Monday night after Peterson, who was planning to retire after next season, made his announcement was that the team will definitely hire someone outside the organization and that the new general manager will make the decision on who the coach will be in 2009. The feeling in Kansas City is that coach Herm Edwards is now a short timer.
Owner Clark Hunt said at his news conference Monday evening that he will make the final call on whether Edwards is back. It is public knowledge that hunt likes Edwards, but he can't like the Chiefs' 2-12 record and the fact that they have blown late leads in five of the past eight games, the worst being a stunning home loss to San Diego on Sunday. The Peterson announcement Monday wasn't a coincidence of timing.
Something had to be done, especially with all of those empty seats at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. The Peterson move was the first step. The Edwards move will likely be the next step.
Every new GM wants to bring in his guy. The old coach is rarely ever kept. I'd suspect that will be the case in Kansas City.
The chain reaction could reach the quarterback position. Because Tyler Thigpen is a spread-offense specialist, if the new regime in Kansas City doesn't like that approach, then it will be looking for a new quarterback as well. This will all play out after the final two weeks of the regular season, which will now be known as the final two weeks of the Peterson era, which began in 1989 in Kansas City.
This long-occupied post will be plenty attractive to potential successors.
The Chiefs are renovating Arrowhead Stadium, which should help revenue streams and, in turn, help with signing bonuses. The team has great history. It's a small town where the Chiefs rule. The AFC West is not overly strong so a turnaround could be quick, especially with a decent, young nucleus already in tow. Hunt has a reputation for being progressive and supportive.
This will be heavily sought after position in January. Being the head Chief in Kansas City comes with a lot of perks, likely starting with finding your own new head coach.
Indeed, Monday's announcement appears to be just the beginning of the changing of the guard in Kansas City.