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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: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2012 12:51 pm

Report: Romeo Crennel will be next Chiefs coach

best of luck to the chiefs in 2012...  good call signing crennel.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 12:41 pm

Report: Romeo Crennel will be next Chiefs coach

as a chiefs fan, i think that is the best move. the players like him, which hopefullu means they will play hard for him. the key is the chiefs need to a good offensuve coordinator. hopefully not jim zorn. apparently orton doesnt want to stick around. i dont think he is the answer anyway. there are a lot of guys out there, that would be good oc for the chiefs. i just hate it when these guys feel they have to get someone they were friends in the past.get the guy that will help the team the most. get someone that did not used to play or coach for the pats. the chiefs upgraded some positions last year by getting some raven rejects. guys like thst are the fourth quarter how much you want it  important.   

Since: Dec 21, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 12:37 pm

Report: Romeo Crennel will be next Chiefs coach

Now time to get that offensive line improved. Although Cassel (maybe Orton?) might not be the best, he's definitely adequate if he's not getting hit every other pass.

Since: Aug 1, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2012 12:33 pm

Report: Romeo Crennel will be next Chiefs coach

I really, really wanted McDaniels to be your new head coach. Damn the luck.

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2012 12:01 pm

Report: Romeo Crennel will be next Chiefs coach

Good news for the Dolphins...leaves the Joe Philbin option open if necessary

Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 11:58 am

Report: Romeo Crennel will be next Chiefs coach

Okay Romeo. You did a remarkable job with the defense. But the offense stunk even after you took over. Who's going to be the offensive coordinator is the big question. They've only got one side of the ball answered. You can't the other team to 10 points every week.

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