The architect of one of the NFL’s most powerful offenses over the last five years has taken another job. Al Saunders has left the Chiefs and will become the offensive coordinator of the Redskins. No word on how much he’ll be paid, but if recent history is any indication, he’ll probably get a raise. The Redskins recently retained defensive coordinator Gregg Williams with a three-year, $8 million package. That’s more than some NFL head coaches make.

The Chiefs immediately promoted offensive line coach Mike Solari to offensive coordinator. He joined the Chiefs in 1997 and was a college teammate of head coach Herman Edwards at San Diego St.

Edwards has also decided to retain three other assistants. Terry Shea will remain the quarterbacks coach, James Saxon will remain the running backs coach and Charlie Joyner will remain the wide receivers coach. The first decision by Edwards was to keep Gunther Cunningham as his defensive coordinator.

It’s also believed that the Chiefs are close to bringing Rams assistant John Matsko on board as their offensive line coach.

The Chiefs also hired Dick Curl, who was an assistant under Edwards with the Jets. He’ll serve as the assistant head coach. Also brought on board is former Bills defensive lineman and defensive line coach, Tim Krumrie.