Top 5 Headlines 1/15: Could Peyton Manning Retire?

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1. When Manning closes door, a window will open -- and Chiefs must be first ones through it

By Sean Keeler - Fox Sports

"This day was always coming. It just might be coming a lot quicker than anybody initially thought. At some point, Peyton Manning is going to wake up, sing "To hell with this, I'm staying home" (to the tune of the Nationwide jingle, of course), and that will be ... that.

The AFC West will require a new sheriff."    READ MORE…

Chiefs from Shrine Game

Last year the Kansas City Chiefs found 4 future players at the East West Shrine Game

2. Who could be on Jack Del Rio's Raiders staff?

By Bill Williamson - ESPN.com

"Now that Jack Del Rio has agreed to become the 21st head coach of the Oakland Raiders, the next question is this: Who is going to be on his staff?

There are plenty of options for Del Rio, who has been in the NFL as a player or a coach for 29 of the past 30 years and knows many people. I think the defensive coordinator search starts with Mike Smith, who was recently fired as the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. Smith was an assistant in Jacksonville when Del Rio was a head coach there. I expect him to be a prime candidate."    READ MORE…

3. John Fox interviews for Chicago Bears' job

By Jeff Dickerson - ESPN.com

"Veteran head coach John Fox visited Halas Hall on Wednesday to interview for the Chicago Bears' vacant head coach position, the club confirmed.

The interview lasted until Wednesday evening, according to a team spokesperson."    READ MORE…

4. What to Expect from the East-West Shrine Game

By Pete Sweeney - kcchiefs.com

"In January of 2014, cornerbacks Phillip Gaines and Daniel Sorensen, along with offensive linemen Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Zach Fulton, joined more than 100 other NFL prospects to participate in the East-West Shrine Game.

Five months later, they would all be Chiefs, but it's intriguing to look back and note that their road to Kansas City began in the same place—Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla."    READ MORE…

5. The Man Who Can Finally Change Washington

By Andrew Brandt - MMQB

"By hiring Scot McCloughan to be their general manager, the Redskins, at long last, may be transforming themselves into a team that builds for sustained success rather than always searching for a quick fix. McCloughan (pictured above, right) is a seasoned scout who has been given autonomy and authority to implement his skill set, and he's always been energized by the search to find players. The future of player acquisition and retention bodes well for a team that has been challenged in that area.

I worked with McCloughan for a few years in Green Bay, and after he left I would see him regularly at league events. Scot is immediately likable; he's always ready with a "Hey bud!" and an ever-present chaw of tobacco in his cheek. Whether in draft meetings or in chatter among the group, he was in his element talking about players (in sometimes NSFW language) and did so with conviction, even if he went against the consensus."    READ MORE…

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