[Kansas City.com] The remnants of Dick Vermeil’s coaching staff have not yet scattered to the winds. Even with Herman Edwards now coaching the Chiefs, Vermeil’s assistants are under contract through the end of the month.
Some of them might get extensions. Edwards said Monday that he would interview all of Vermeil’s assistants and could retain one or more on his staff.
“It’s a good staff,” Edwards said. “They’ve won a lot of football games.”
The Chiefs may have to move on without the architect of their offense, coordinator Al Saunders. Hoping to become a head coach, Saunders will interview this week for the vacancy in Detroit and was scheduled for a second meeting in Houston. He also met with the Texans last week.
Edwards’ defensive philosophy appears to clash with that of coordinator Gunther Cunningham. Edwards said he will interview Cunningham anyway.
“The first person I’m going to sit down with is Gunther,” Edwards said. ‘We’re going to look at what we’re doing over there and decide how we want to go, where I’m going to go. I wish I could tell you. We’ll just have to look at it and see.”
Edwards indicated he planned to talk to Tampa Bay defensive-line coach Rod Marinelli about the coordinator’s job but had not yet asked the Bucs for permission to speak with him.
Edwards said he was unlikely to bring any of his Jets assistants because they are all still under contract.
President/general manager Carl Peterson said Edwards would have full authority over the hiring of a staff.