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With contract up, O’Brien could be on the move

Romeo Crennel

Kansas City Chiefs interim coach Romeo Crennel encourages his players during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


There is a lot of drama surrounding Kansas City’s season finale, but Sunday’s game will quickly be forgotten in Kansas City in the days that follow.

The Chiefs need to find a head coach. Speculation has centered around G.M. Scott Pioli possibly removing the “interim” tag from Romeo Crennel’s title.

Crennel would then need to add an offensive coordinator, with Josh McDaniels a likely candidate. NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora believes another option could emerge.

Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien’s contract expires at the end of the season. That essentially makes him a free agent and someone that could leave New England, even for a lateral move. La Canfora reports O’Brien is also expected to receive “overtures” to interview for head coaching gigs. (It’s possible he could interview for the Chiefs’ top job.)

The fact this news was leaked could be an indication that O’Brien is open to moving on. He’s still not the logical pick in Kansas City. Don Banks of hears via league sources that Pioli is expected to pair McDaniels with Crennel.

The thinking is that McDaniels could provide a long-term head coaching option, while Crennel, 64, handles the job in the short-term. McDaniels could use a few years to rebuild his reputation.

The Chiefs need to win consistently, of course, for that to happen. That hasn’t been an easy task for any Bill Belichick protege.

Coaches may leave New England, but Tom Brady isn’t going anywhere.