Nick Athan over at Warpaint Illustrated had a couple of pretty good scoops this morning, expanding on news broken by ESPN’s Michael Smith
First, it looks like the Rooney Rule has been addressed:
In fact, yesterday Chiefs Chairman of the Board Clark Hunt told a local radio station that he was pleased with the candidates that had been interviewed so far, and that the Chiefs were in compliance with the Rooney Rule. That was the first indication that any candidate had actually met with Pioli.
I hear and read a lot of bitching about this rule, but, personally, I’m glad it exists. I don’t want my beloved NFL to end up like D1 college football. I’d say that black NCAA players comprise 60% of D1 rosters. Despite that, only three coaches out of 117 are black? That’s .03 percent! In an era where two of the past three Super Bowl Champion’s coaches have been black, that’s an embarrassment.
Herman Edwards was a bad coach, but bad coaches come in all shapes, sizes and colors. .03 percent when we have a black President? I mean, college football is behind the rest of the country. No doubt about it. I’m glad the Rooney Rule is still intact. We don’t want the NFL to end up with the lack of diversity currently displayed by the NCAA.
Now on to bigger news. Athan also discussed Chan Gailey staying on as offensive coordinator.
If reports are accurate that Pioli wants Chan Gailey to remain offensive coordinator, then Haley would also have to accept the fact that most of his offensive coaching staff is already in place. To our knowledge, none of the Chiefs’ offensive coaches have interviewed for other positions outside of quarterbacks coach Dick Curl, who was hired by the Rams last week.
This is speculative, and even if it is true we’re still not sure if it’s a dealbreaker and Pioli is demanding it, or if it is just an option he is keeping open.
Contrary to popular belief around these parts, I don’t hate Chan. I love my Chiefs, so I fight for my Chiefs with all my heart. That being said, both my brain and my gut tell me that Gailey getting hired as our head coach would be doomsday for our beloved Red and Gold. I just don’t believe he has the temperament to come in here, kick ass, inspire these kiddies and lead them in a new direction.
Also, sure, he made chicken salad out of chicken sh** last year (even though the Arrowspread only won him one game). But he could never quite make a five-star meal out of the finest ingredients back when he was head coach of the Cowboys. I want a head chef, Chief rather, in our kitchen who can whip those ingredients together and cook a meal that would make even Emeril show his “O face.” Not sure Todd Haley can deliver that, but I believe he’s got a great shot. Just judging by history, I’m 90% Gailey wouldn’t be able to.
Much more to come…