ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen had some interesting AFC West news Saturday morning on "NFL Countdown." Let’s review:
Schefter reported the Chiefs are planning to retain interim coach Romeo Crennel.
My take: Schefter said the interview process is ongoing, but the plan is to hire Crennel. That scenario has been expected. Crennel was 2-1 as interim coach after Todd Haley was fired and he has the respect and support of the players. I think this is the right way to go. Kansas City has interviewed Green Bay offensive coordinator Joe Philbin and former Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio. Perhaps the Chiefs can pursue Del Rio as a defensive coordinator if Crennel is kept.
Schefter reported former Denver coach Josh McDaniels is about to join the New England staff. He came to Denver from New England.
My take: This affects the Chiefs, because they reportedly asked St. Louis permission to talk to McDaniels. He was considered a top offensive coordinator candidate for Crennel -- as was Bill O’Brien, who just became the head coach at Penn State. It will be interesting to see who Crennel pursues as offensive coordinator if he is given the Kansas City job.
Mortensen reported that new Raiders’ general manager Reggie McKenzie may consider replacing coach Hue Jackson.
My take: Jackson’s possible firing has been the elephant in the room for days. There have been rumblings of it and Mortensen’s report brings light to the situation. There has been talk that Jackson took too much power after owner Al Davis died in October, that he gave up too much to get quarterback Carson Palmer and that he rubbed players the wrong way. The fact that the Raiders lost four of their final five games including a Week 17 home loss to San Diego with the AFC West title on the line could go against Jackson. There is no doubt Jackson is a talented coach, but perhaps McKenzie will want to start fresh and bring in his own coach. Schefter said Green Bay assistant Winston Moss could be a target. Moss was a candidate in Oakland in the past and he was a favorite of Davis. Like McKenzie, Moss is a former Raiders linebacker. Is Jackson definitely on the chopping block? I wouldn’t say that, but it is a situation to watch in the coming days.