Jan 10, 2012; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis (left) and Reggie McKenzie at press conference to announce the hiring of McKenzie as Oakland Raiders general manager at the Oakland Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

AFC West Coaching Update

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The coaching carousel continues to turn today.

We are still waiting for Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach Romeo Crennel to name his new coaches, chief among them a new offensive coordinator.

Elsewhere in the division, dramatic changes are taking place. The Oakland Raiders are still without a head coach, though ESPN.com is reporting that they plan to hire Denver Broncos Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen. The move is not yet official but according to ESPN, it is all but a done deal.

The two sides spent much of Tuesday night hammering out an agreement and the contract is agreed to in principle but has not been signed, sources said.

This also means that the Broncos will need to find a new defensive coordinator. This would be Denver’s seventh defensive coordinator in seven years. Jason La Canfora of NFL.com is reporting that the new coordinator could be former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio.

Del Rio shares a strong relationship with Broncos coach John Fox, having served as Fox’s defensive coordinator in 2002 when Fox was coach of the Carolina Panthers. He has been a candidate for other openings this offseason and league sources expect Del Rio to receive serious consideration in Denver.

This is looking to be one heck of a game of musical chairs. Should former Raiders head coach Hue Jackson land in KC as the new offensive coordinator that would only add to the drama. We haven’t heard of Romeo Crennel interviewing Jackson, though the search in KC has been kept under wraps.

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