Since today is a huge day for the Presidential candidates, we’re going to do present a politically inspired alternative to griping about the departed (Mike Solari) and the retained (Herm Edwards and King Carl). Here’s the Arrowhead Addict list of potential offensive coordinators. These candidates have either been mentioned as possible candidates for Chiefs offensive coordinator, or mentioned as the top candidates for any open O.C. job.
Jim Caldwell/Colts (assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach): While it appears that Herm Edwards and Caldwell never coached together, they came close. Caldwell was the Buccaneers’ QB coach back in 2001 — the year Herm Edwards left Tampa Bay to take the head coaching job in New York — and followed Tony Dungy to Indianapolis. Both quarterbacks (Brad Johnson and Peyton Manning) and receivers (Keyshawn Johnson, Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne) have flourished under his coaching. Additionally, even though the Colts have a prolific offense, at times it can be both conservatively aggressive and a ball control offense. I agree with Peter King; If Dungy and Manning both vouch for this guy, it’s hard to overlook him. In fact, King also vouches for him, listing him as his No. 1 head coaching candidate. Caldwell has championship experience, and he understands how to beat the Patriots. If you ever want to come out of the AFC, those two areas of expertise are key. If he’s overlooked for a H.C. gig, he’d be a great fit — remember, Tom Moore is still the offensive coordinator in Indianapolis. The Herm-Dungy connection makes this hire feasible. Caldwell was the head coach at Wake Forest for eight years prior to joining Dungy’s staff. A.A. Outlook: Our No. 1 choice (bio here)
Josh McDaniels/Patriots (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach): McDaniels is a pretty obvious candidate, but also a sexy one. He could possibly be offered a head coaching job, and is a “hot” candidate, much like Lane Kiffin was last year. While we like him, we’re not sure he’s going to really be an option. A.A. Outlook: Our No. 2 choice (bio here)
Bill Callahan/unemployed – We really like him as a football coach, given that he wrecked two of our least favorite football entities — the Oakland Raiders and Nebraska Cornhuskers. We just don’t like him as a football coach for us. A.A. Outlook: Unapproved (bio here)
Jim Fassel/unemployed - There’s a split decision here, as Zach doesn’t want any former NFL head coaching retreads (I definitely see his point) and I actually like Fassel. I think Fassel’s demeanor would mesh well with Herm’s, and he’s known for developing quarterbacks. As stated in his Wikipedia bio, “he tutored prominent quarterbacks Phil Simms and John Elway.” Whether it’s Brodie Croyle or a rookie QB, Fassel could expedite our quarterback’s development. He also has enjoyed a lot of offensive success in the NFL. A.A. Outlook: Split decision (bio here)
Brian Billick/unemployed, Mike Martz/unemployed and Mike Tice/Jaguars -These are the other former NFL head coaches that have been linked to the job or could be. We really don’t think any of these guys would mesh well with Herm, especially Billick and Martz, who both seem to suffer from narcissism. Tice was just lucky enough to inherit the Culpepper-Moss connection for a few years. Still, quite a few people credit Tice for Jacksonville’s offensive efficiency this season. A.A. Outlook: Unapproved (Billick bio; Martz bio; Tice bio)
Paul Hackett/unemployed – This guy is the Hillary Clinton/Rudy Giuliani candidate — a lot of people loathe the idea of his candidacy, yet he’s possibly the frontrunner. We already brought back Gunther, and bringing back Hackett would be one retread too many. If we go this route, I’d prefer Callahan, actually. Callahan is from the same coaching tree, but he’s fresh to the Chiefs, younger and would command more respect from the players. A.A. Outlook: Can’t “hack it” (bio here)
Mike Shula/Jaguars (quarterbacks coach) - So, not only should we keep Croyle as our quarterback of the future after his dismal season, we should hire his old college coach and go “all in” on our Croyle investment? I don’t think so. He did coach alongside Dungy and Edwards in Tampa, though, so this is definitely a possibility. A.A. Outlook: Unapproved (bio here)
Eric Price/UTEP (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach) – Some have this guy listed as the favorite, possibly because he has connections to both Herm (Jets) and Croyle (Alabama). The message board darling has done wonders with UTEP’s offense, elevating the unit to all-time highs (fifth-ranked NCAA passing offense last year). My biggest worry is the amount of spread and shotgun stuff run by the Miners. Is he really suited to direct a ball control offense, even an aggressive one? If you haven’t made the connection, Price is Mike Price‘s son. No, I don’t believe that he frequents exotic clubs or takes scrippas back to the hotel. A.A. Outlook: Leaning towards approved (bio here)
All this is speculation right now, as are the rumors that the Chiefs will move to a zone-blocking scheme and the West Coast Offense.
Go ahead and let us know your thoughts on the candidates! Also be sure to vote, as we will update the post once we have received enough votes to choose a “Reader’s Choice.” And don’t be afraid to add write-in candidates in the comments either.