The AFC West finally has four head coaches

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Well, the NFL has a full complement of head coaches. Thanks for participating, AFC West.
With the Oakland Raiders promoting interim coach Tom Cable as the permanent head coach on Wednesday and the Kansas City Chiefs hiring Todd Haley as head coach Friday, the final two head coaching positions are now filled.

The theme of the AFC West in the past five weeks has been finding a new head coach. Three of the four teams in the division have hired a new coach since the end of the season. The only team not to embark on a coaching search were the division champion San Diego Chargers. Had the Chargers not won the division, they probably would have fired coach Norv Turner and been looking for a coach instead.

But in the end it was Denver's Mike Shanahan, who got the axe unexpectedly. Denver turned to fresh-faced New England office coordinator Josh McDaniels to start new after 14 years of the Shanahan era. With all the hiring complete here is a quick recap of what has happened in the division since the end of the season


Out: Mike Shanahan

In: Josh McDaniels

Why: Denver owner Pat Bowlen thought that Shanahan's message was stale. After the team went 24-24 in the last three years, he thought it was time for a change.

Kansas City

Out: Herm Edwards

In: Todd Haley

Why: The Chiefs have won just six games in the last two years. The team wanted a complete overhaul. General manager Scott Pioli was brought in, and now Haley joins them. The Chiefs are in a rebuilding phase in every sense of the word.


Out: Lane Kiffin

In: Tom Cable

Why: The Raiders owner Al Davis likes Cable's enthusiasm, has ability to work well personally with players. Cable finished the season strong with two wins to end this season in his role as interim coach. The Raiders need stability and Cable was the best choice.