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Report: Romeo Crennel will be next Chiefs coach

Posted on: January 7, 2012 11:53 am
Edited on: January 7, 2012 12:00 pm
 
Crennel will reportedly become the full-time coach in KC. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Romeo Crennel did nice work as the interim coach for the Chiefs in 2011, going 2-1 over the three games he coached, including a shocking upset of the (at the time) undefeated Packers, a near win against the Raiders in overtime and a victory over the eventual division-champion Broncos in Week 17.

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And now he's reportedly been given the full-time nod as head coach of the Chiefs, as ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Saturday morning that the Chiefs are "planning to retain Romeo Crennel and remove interim tag from his title."

The Chiefs recently interviewed ex-Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio, but it's not hard to see how they zeroed in on locking down Crennel. Jeff Fisher is going to either Miami or St. Louis (and has said as much), Josh McDaniels is already in New England, Kirk Ferentz is staying at Iowa and that leaves Crennel as an obvious choice to keep running the Chiefs.

Additionally, his defense over the final eight weeks of the season was incredibly impressive. The Chiefs allowed just two opponents -- the Patriots and then the Jets, the latter being the game that got Todd Haley fired -- to score more than 20 points in that stretch, and Crennel's gameplans against high-powered offenses, particularly while handicapped by the Tyler Palko era, was quite impressive.

He's a locker room favorite in Kansas City, and if he can bring in a capable offensive coordinator and avoid the injuries that plagued Kansas City in 2010, there's a reasonable chance that the Chiefs could return to the top of the AFC West next season.

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Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2012 4:26 pm
 

Report: Romeo Crennel will be next Chiefs coach

Romeos defense is good, the Chiefs could have one of the top secondary's in the league provided the Brandons and Berry are healthy. I hope they focus soley on D and make us into a Ravens like juggernaut. It's the only way we win with a B grade QB like Cassell/Orton.
I agree, I am not thrilled about either quarterback. KC  should kick both to the curb and get another one. Perhaps keep one of them as a backup. But if you remember the Chiefs of the 90s, you still need some offense to get to a Superbowl. A great defense doesn't do much good if your offense can't put one touchdown on the board.




Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2012 2:04 pm
 

Report: Romeo Crennel will be next Chiefs coach

Whew - I'm glad they didn't decide to hire a good coach.  At least now I know that I can still watch a pro game pretty cheap in KC and make the short drive from Nebraska since Kansas City fans are the most fickle fans on the planet and quit showing up when they are 2-6... 

What a horrible hire!  As a Browns fan I can safely say that its a waste of time hiring a Bill Belichek assistant.  There is no genius that rubs off.  Just ask Notre Dame fans and ask KU Jayhawk fans next year.

I think Turner Gill would have been a better head coach hire for the Chiefs...   



Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2012 2:00 pm
 

Report: Romeo Crennel will be next Chiefs coach

One thing the AFC West doesn't have is defense in their division.
Tell that to the Denver Broncos, who won most of their games because of their defense.



Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2012 1:48 pm
 

Report: Romeo Crennel will be next Chiefs coach

In my lifetime we have had exactly 1 A level QB and that was ancient glass Joe Montana...pfft...I'm done with this team if we're going into next year with Orton or Cassell as the starter.
The problem is, those 1A QB's don't grow on trees and they're not available for trade.

The Chiefs have two options. If they think they can find their franchise passer in the draft, they draft him. If not, they build up the rest of the team and let a good-but-not-great guy like Kyle Orton hold down the QB spot. If the rest of the team is good, a good QB can take you far. If the rest of the team is meh, only the elite QB can make the team a contender.

But elite isn't available. Can the Chiefs get Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, or Drew Brees? No, they cannot. And i doesn't look like they'll pick up their man in the draft this year. It's unrealistic to expect them to do anything other than muddle along with good-but-not-great.



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 12:40 pm
 

Report: Romeo Crennel will be next Chiefs coach

Romeos defense is good, the Chiefs could have one of the top secondary's in the league provided the Brandons and Berry are healthy. I hope they focus soley on D and make us into a Ravens like juggernaut. It's the only way we win with a B grade QB like Cassell/Orton.

In the long run Romeo's success or failure will be determined by the QB play. I personally have no faith in Cassell or Orton, I would have liked to see what Stanzi has to offer, coming out of college he looked like a potential sleeper pick at QB. If not lets move on. I personally do not think there is an un-tradeable player or pick, lets gamble, lets move up and select Robert Griffith III. Lets do something more exciting than trading for some backup who had a good game( Flynn, Moore, Scott Mitchell). Lets stop settling for a team without a franchise QB.

In my lifetime we have had exactly 1 A level QB and that was ancient glass Joe Montana...pfft...I'm done with this team if we're going into next year with Orton or Cassell as the starter.


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Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: January 8, 2012 12:01 pm
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Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:37 am
 

Report: Romeo Crennel will be next Chiefs coach

I see you like to crush on the Chiefs and Pioli as well as Dayton and the Royals dude.  So tell us oh wise and great thinker, who would you have hired?  You bash and rip and NEVER offer any ideas.  It's real easy to cast stones, even you can do it.  Now try and come up with something constructive.  I doubt you can.



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:23 am
 

Report: Romeo Crennel will be next Chiefs coach

It seems like to me that you are the idiot. Who has won with the Browns again? Belicheck? Nope. Crennel was stuck with Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn in Cleveland and where are they now? But yep, that's his fault and not the garbage owner and GM at the time....  And no the Chiefs are not the Browns. They were one of the winningest teams in the 90's and had a couple of runs in the 2000s but couldnt get it done. They've been crappy 4 of the past 5 seasons...Not for decades on end like the Browns. I've watched every KC game for 18 years and you obviously haven't watch any when you say Haley knew what he was doing. LOL. That's where all of your credibility goes out the door. Haley didn't have a clue.. His play calling was a joke...and yes it was HIS playcalling. He was very inconsistent and he burned bridges the minute he got here by belittling lockerroom leaders like Brian Waters. Oh and Chiefs fans cry? Maybe you are a baby and cry but you won't see me crying about a game.



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 10:51 am
 

Report: Romeo Crennel will be next Chiefs coach

Great DC and hoped he would go back to that role.  Considering some of the others they were reportedly talking to, probably the lesser of several evils.  Still can't help but think this will be the Gunther Cunningham Redux.



Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2012 8:49 am
 

Report: Romeo Crennel will be next Chiefs coach

"...if he can bring in a capable offensive coordinator and avoid the injuries that plagued Kansas City in 2010, there's a reasonable chance that the Chiefs could return to the top of the AFC West next season."

Funny thing about this statement is you can take out "Kansas City" and insert the name of any team that did not make the playoffs this year. Problem is there are not enough "capable" offensive coordinators out there and there will always be injuries. 

That being said, although I like Crennel I believe making him a head coach is a mistake. Most great coordinators level off there and he proved that's what he's suited for with his track record at NE and KC. His only head coaching job was with Cleveland, we all know how that turned out. His first order of business will be deciding what to do at the QB position. Does he stick with Cassell or does he sign Orton and have them compete for the job. I'm guessing he'll do exactly that, kick Palko to the curb (as he should), which will create a QB KC controversy right from the get-go. It'll all be down hill from there and would not surprise me to see both he and Pioli looking for jobs at this time next year.


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