Rumors continue to swirl in Kansas City

With Kansas City on information lockdown in regards to what it is doing at head coach, there are only educated guesses as to what the Chiefs might do.

Here is another.

Kansas City could wind up interviewing its offensive coordinator, Chan Gailey, for its head coaching job.

How’s this? For starters, Chiefs owner Clark Hunt is an unabashed Gailey admirer. Hunt knows the type of outstanding job Gailey did this past season with Tyler Thigpen and the rest of the Chiefs offense. Hunt would have no problem with Gailey coaching his team, though Hunt also has been a proponent of Herman Edwards staying.

Ultimately, the decision belongs to new Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli — and he has been dead-rock silent on the subject, so no one knows what he is thinking.

But consider this: the Chiefs denied the Buccaneers the chance to interview Gailey for Tampa Bay’s vacant offensive coordinator job, according to a Kansas City source. If the Chiefs didn’t want Gailey to go, clearly there were some within the organization who wanted him to stay.

Also, at least one team involved in a head-coaching search said it had Gailey on its list of candidates, and other teams with head coaching openings might have as well.

Hiring Gailey would be to go against the grain in an offseason when teams have coveted coaching youth. But it would make sense. Pioli would like a veteran presence to run his team, and Gailey has the respect of many.

It doesn’t mean that Gailey will wind up being the Chiefs next head coach. But it does mean that when speculation about the Chiefs’ next move continues to run rampant, Gailey should be included in the conversation.

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