Coming as no surprise, the Kansas City Chiefs decided to fire head coach Todd Haley and it did not take long for the Kirk Ferentz as his replacement rumors to begin.
Which has become the norm for Hawkeye fans over the years when any big coaching job becomes available in both college football and the NFL that Kirk Ferentz leaving Iowa becomes a real possibility. The second it was announced Todd Haley got fired, the national media that cover the NFL like Sports Illustrated’s Peter King instantly threw out Kirk Ferentz’s name as a candidate to become the next head coach in Kansas City.
I have normally not taken these rumors seriously but this time is different given the fact that Kirk Ferentz and Chiefs GM Scott Pioli are such good friends.
In 13 seasons at Iowa, Kirk Ferentz has composed a record of 96-65 and is currently under contract until 2020. Ferentz is one of the highest paid coaches in college football making over 3.5 million dollars a year. If he jumped to the NFL, he probably would not get paid like he is at Iowa, especially with the way Chiefs owner Clark Hunt refuses to spend money. The Chiefs were 32.7 million dollars under the salary cap when the season started which was the largest amount among NFL teams.
A very valid point that was brought up today by Jon Miller of Hawkeye Nation, was that Kirk Ferentz would stick around to coach his son’s senior season at Iowa. James Ferentz currently plays center for Iowa and he will still have one year of eligibility left after this season. There are many reasons why Kirk Ferentz would stick around at Iowa but being there on the sidelines to coach his son’s senior season seems to be the main one that just might keep him in Iowa City.
Kirk Ferentz has had opportunities before to leave for the NFL and has decided that staying at Iowa was in his best interest. Heading to the Chiefs would be a bad move for Kirk Ferentz as the organization is anything but stable. With an owner that will not spend money and a GM that insists Matt Cassel is the starting QB next season is not an ideal situation for success.
* – Kirk Ferentz photo credit: via Holdin’ The Rope