Bills linebackers coach Bob Sanders on the field during a training camp practice at St. John Fisher College. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

AFC West Shake-Up: Chiefs Hire Al Harris, Packers Hire Bob Sanders


With all of the front office changes amidst the AFC West, rather familiar names are resurfacing this time of year. Whether it’s former AFC West coaches heading elsewhere or new coaches coming in, the division will look quite different next fall, at least on the sidelines.

Let’s take a look at some of the latest happenings.

The Raiders hired former Packers defensive coordinator Bob Sanders. The Raiders were 28th in points allowed and 31st in sacks in 2012. Sanders will take over as the linebackers coach. He was with the Packers from 2006-08, and then landed a linebackers coaching job with the Bills, where he spent the last three years. Sanders has some work to do in finding a replacement for Rolando McClain, who is creating more havoc off the field than on.

The Chiefs hired longtime cornerback Al Harris as their secondary coach. Harris played corner for Andy Reid in Philadelphia for four years. The Chiefs were dead last with just seven interceptions on the year.

Former Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel is at the top of the list for the New Orleans Saints. The defensive-minded coach is looking to fill the Saints’ defensive coordinator position. The Saints today announced that they fired former coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

Former Broncos defensive backs coach Ron Milus is still high up on Mike McCoy’s list. After the Broncos let Milus’ contract expire,  McCoy quickly brought him to San Diego.

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