I would think the events in Oakland on Tuesday were duly noted in Kansas City.
A day after the Chiefs promoted former defensive coordinator and interim coach Romeo Crennel to permanent head coach, the Raiders fired head coach Hue Jackson.
Jackson immediately goes to the front of the line of available offensive coordinators. The Chiefs need an offensive coordinator, and reports say they are looking for a dynamic offensive leader to allow Crennel to worry about other things.
In my mind, Jackson qualifies as a dynamic offensive-coordinator candidate. He turned the Raiders’ offensive around during the past two seasons — as coordinator in 2010 before becoming head coach last year.
The names of Chiefs quarterback coach Jim Zorn and former Jacksonville offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter are also floating around for the Chiefs job. Jackson would be intriguing, though. I think he’d fit with the Chiefs’ personnel, and you would have to think the freshly fired Oakland coach would be interested in staying in the AFC West.
Will the Chiefs end up hiring Jackson? We’ll see, but his sudden availability has to at least be discussed in Kansas City. There will be competition for Jackson, though. Miami is interviewing Cincinnati defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer for its head-coaching vacancy. If he gets the job, a Zimmer-Jackson combo could be in play. The two are longtime associates.