Tag:Scott Pioli
Posted on: February 25, 2012 5:43 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2012 12:13 pm
 

Crennel: Chiefs 'crazy not to consider' Peyton

KC would be 'crazy not to consider' Manning, according to their coach. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- As we've noted throughout the week, there are lots of Peyton Manning-related questions for the players, coaches and general managers in Indy for the combine. Most of the comments resulting from the Peyton questions have resulted in vague answers of the ducking variety.

But not new Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel. Asked if there would be any consideration" for Manning, Crennel stated that he couldn't talk about someone on another roster ... and then proceeded to talk about someone on another team's roster.

"I'm not supposed to talk about anybody else's players and he's still a player with Indianapolis," Crennel said. "But with a talent like that I would be crazy not to consider it if he were available."

Crennel's boss, Scott Pioli, had been less forthcoming the day before.

"I would never talk about a player that's with another team, even if he's projected to be a free agent," Pioli said. "There are NFL tampering rules that prevent me from talking about that."

Crennel's comment was precisely what Pioli wanted to avoid: a direct comment about a specific player currently under contract with another team. An NFL spokesman told CBSSports.com that the league will not comment on potential tampering charges

Ed. Note: A previous version of this story contained a comment from the NFL that was the result of a miscommunication. We apologize for the error.

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Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:08 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2012 8:08 pm
 

Pioli: 'Sounds like Kyle wants to be with us'

Orton started three games for Kansas City in 2011 and could return in 2012. (Getty Images)

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Kyle Orton began the 2011 season as the Broncos starting quarterback. That lasted five weeks, by which point Denver was 1-4, and Orton was replaced with Tim Tebow. Seven wins later, the Broncos were AFC West champions and beat the Steelers in the wild-card round of the playoffs. Orton wasn't around to enjoy it because he was released in late November. He signed with the Chiefs and started started three games there.

Now a free agent, Orton ranked seventh in Eye on Football's list of available quarterbacks, which either speaks well to his skills or tells you the current state of backup QBs in the NFL.  Either way, Orton is just a season removed throwing for more than 3,600 yards, 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Like wideout Brandon Lloyd (also no longer in Denver), Orton flourished in Josh McDaniels' offense.

And he proved more than adequate in Kansas City, too.  Matt Cassel missed part of the 2011 season with a hand injury but is set to be the starter heading into training camp. But with the Tyler Palko experiment blowing up in their faces, the Chiefs are in the market for a backup and Orton impressed during his short time with the team.

At the combine Friday, general manager Scott Pioli spoke about the possibility Orton could return.

“We’ve talked to Kyle’s people. It sounds like Kyle would like to be with us," he said. "We’ve told Kyle we’d like to continue to work with him. Now it’s just a matter of seeing if things arrive at the right place. It’s not always whether we want a player or the player wants to be here. Things have to work out (contractually).”

Looking around the league, Orton's best shot at starting might be in Kansas City. Yes, Cassel tops the depth chart but is there really that much difference between the two (And maybe there is; we never thought Orton would play so poorly in Denver that he'd be benched for Tebow.)

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Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:51 am
Edited on: February 24, 2012 9:36 am
 

Where does the Routt signing leave Brandon Carr?

It seems unlikely that Carr will return to Kansas City in 2012. (US Presswire)
By Josh Katzowitz

Just because the Chiefs made the first big signing of the offseason by inking former Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt to a three-year, $19.6 million deal, that doesn’t mean Kansas City wants to lose one of its best defenders.

In fact, general manager Scott Pioli said he’s still talking to the agent of Brandon Carr in an effort to keep him in Kansas City and keep him off the free agent market.

“We’re going to continue to talk to Brandon and his agent,” Pioli said Thursday, via the Kansas City Star. “If we can come to a deal that makes sense for both sides, then hopefully we’ll be able to keep him here.”

That, however, won’t be easy, considering the Chiefs also extended Brandon Flowers’ contract last fall, meaning they’ll pay him nearly $10 million a year for the next five seasons.

So, why pay Routt and Flowers and not pay Carr? Probably because Carr is going to get paid like one of the top cornerbacks in the game and probably because the team is already paying Flowers top cornerback money. CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco ranked Carr as the No. 2 free agent in the league this offseason, writing, “How often do good man-cover players in their primes hit the market? This kid is about to get paid. He is this high because he plays a premium position well.”

Pioli, though, feels confident about Routt, despite the fact he was penalized a league-high 17 times last season (although, to be fair, Routt is certainly an above-average defensive back whose stats aren’t dissimilar from Carr’s numbers).

“He’s been a starting NFL corner, a good corner, a productive player,” Pioli said. “We’ve had to face him the last three years so we’ve seen him play a lot.”

Meanwhile, Pioli has been insisting that the Routt signing has no impact on the team’s negotiations with Carr (though that’s pretty hard to believe).

“This signing doesn't eliminate the feelings that we have for Brandon and how we want to have him here,” Pioli said earlier this week, via Arrowhead Pride. “He knows that. He wants to be here. We want him here. If both sides find a deal that makes sense for one another, we'd love to have Brandon back."

Chances are the signing of Routt makes that rather unlikely.

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Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:55 pm
 

Romeo Crennel likely to serve as own DC

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 Foxsports.com) 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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Posted on: January 15, 2012 10:45 am
 

What kind of organization do the Chiefs run?

Scott Pioli has been accused of running an administration based on paranoia and secrecy (US Presswire).By Josh Katzowitz

In what has to be one of the most interesting ledes of the day and one of the most fascinating stories of the new year, the Kansas City Star’s Kent Babb describes the level of paranoia and job security fears that have descended upon the Chiefs since general manager Scott Pioli took over the team in 2009.

Paranoia, in fact, runs so rampant that former coach Todd Haley believed that his offices were bugged and that his personal cell phone had been corrupted.

First, the lede:
Todd Haley walked into the public relations office at Chiefs headquarters on a Thursday in early December. Four days before he was fired as the team’s coach, he wanted to talk about what life was like inside this organization. But he didn’t know who else might be listening.

Looking up toward the ceiling, he darted into a back hallway before hesitating. Then he turned around, going back through a door and stopping again. Haley suspected that many rooms at the team facility were bugged so that team administrators could monitor employees’ conversations. Stopping finally in a conference room, Haley said he believed his personal cellphone, a line he used before being hired by the Chiefs in 2009, had been tampered with.

As Babb writes, the team denies any of these covert operations, but what apparently is not in dispute by those who speak anonymously is that intimidation and secrecy are major parts of the current administration’s methods.

“When you’re mentally abused, you eventually lose it, too,” one former longtime Chiefs executive told the paper.

Pioli, HaleyChiefs owner Clark Hunt, though, defended his organization and its hiring of Pioli.

“We needed a culture that pursued excellence,” he said. “One that valued honesty and integrity, one where the employees would be held accountable.”

Haley’s paranoia was probably justified. Back in October, we told you that Pioli was on the verge of firing Haley, even though Haley had led the Chiefs to the AFC West title the season before. Haley temporarily saved his job with a winning streak, but not for long.

Yet, this question also is asked:

Is the current culture all Pioli’s doing, or is he acting on the orders of Hunt? One former VP of sales and marketing, who resigned in October, said, “It’s professional football, and I do think that it can be a bit of a pressure cooker. To attribute that to Scott Pioli is unfair.”

But read Babb’s story. Some of the details in the article are amazing, including Pioli’s demand that team employees who have offices facing the practice field must keep their window shades drawn during team workouts. Amazingly that includes team president Mark Donovan.

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Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:33 am
 

Chiefs name Romeo Crennel next head coach

Romeo Crennel is Kansas City's next Chief. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

The expected and the rumored is now official: Romeo Crennel is the next head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, the team announced on Monday morning.

"We are very excited to name Romeo the new head coach of the Chiefs,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement released by the team. "In 30 years as a coach in the National Football League, Romeo has established an outstanding track record of success, and we believe his experience and proven ability make him the best person to help us reach our goal of consistently competing for championships."

Crennel seemed like a lock to become the Chiefs head coach after a 2-1 stretch to close out 2011 and a strong defensive effort against some high-caliber offenses like the Packers, Patriots and Steelers in the final eight weeks of the season.

"I have a deep appreciation for the vision that Clark Hunt has and his commitment to building a championship-caliber team," Crennel said. “I believe in the types of players that we are trying to win with and the identity we are trying to create. It is a rare opportunity to be a part of an organization like the Kansas City Chiefs with its storied history and passionate fans and I am eager to get to work and bring this franchise and our fans the success they deserve."

Crennel coached for four years with the Browns, posting a 24-40 record in that time. The Chiefs were reportedly set to interview former Jags coach Jack Del Rio, but the list of potential candidates dried up quickly, with Jeff Fisher honing in on Miami and St. Louis, and Josh McDaniels heading back to New England.

That doesn't make Crennel the leftovers by any means; he was always the favorite to get the gig after the way the Chiefs closed out the season. It just simplified the process for Hunt and general manager Scott Pioli.

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Posted on: January 7, 2012 11:53 am
Edited on: January 7, 2012 12:00 pm
 

Report: Romeo Crennel will be next Chiefs coach

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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