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Romeo Crennel likely to serve as own DC

Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:55 pm
CrennelBy Josh Katzowitz

After the Chiefs proved that the defense wasn’t the main problem with the team during their 7-9 season -- Kansas City finished 11th in the league in yards given up and 12th in points allowed -- new coach Romeo Crennel apparently has decided that the man who ran the defense the past two seasons should be allowed to run it again.

Which is why Crennel will serve as his own defensive coordinator in 2012.

That’s the word from Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli, who told Sirius XM NFL radio on Friday (via that he believes Crennel will stay in charge of the Chiefs defense.

“I’m not sure if he stated it publicly, but I get the sense Romeo wants to be the coordinator on defense,” Pioli said. “I don’t know if he’s made the absolute final decision, but I’m pretty sure that’s the way he wants to go.”

Since Crennel was named defensive coordinator before the 2010 season, the Chiefs have been a defense that’s ranked in the top half of the league’s squads, a big change from the 2009 squad under defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, whose unit ranked 30th in yards allowed (in Gunther Cunningham’s final season in 2008, Kansas City’s defense also was one of the worst in the league).

Of course, at some point, Crennel will have to hire a coordinator, especially considering the Chiefs don’t have one for offense either.

“We’re talking (about candidates) internally and externally,” Pioli said. “It remains fluid right now.”

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Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:41 pm

Romeo Crennel likely to serve as own DC

I appreciate that brother. I've been through hell and back. The truth would make one helluva hollywood script. Peace, and thank you.

Since: May 25, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 4:20 pm

Romeo Crennel likely to serve as own DC

Glad to have you back, I have missed you, I was asking Geaux several times last year during college baseball season if he's heard from you, we were expecting the worse......glad your well, makes my day

Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 2:39 pm

Romeo Crennel likely to serve as own DC

I'm a Chiefs fan, and am hoping that the Great Pioli pulls off the acquisition of the year and brings Peyton Manning to KC. Give up next year's #1 in an attempt to be AFC West champion and a playoff team in Peyton's first year. If he doesn't return to the field, you lose nothing.

I took my son to the KC draft day party, and it was a blast. Fans there can tell that this team is on the verge of being very competitive. The Chiefs are relatively young, and suffered the most at the start of 2011 from the lockout. They weren't competitive early, and Pioli was not going to be patient with Todd Haley.

Romeo seems to be the player's choice, and if you have the players, you have an advantage early. Give him Peyton Manning, who is as close to an OC on the field as they come, and Kansas City will be in the hunt next year.     

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