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Crennel may start Ricky Stanzi

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New Chiefs interim head coach Romeo Crennel wouldn’t rule out starting fifth-round rookie quarterback Ricky Stanzi during Sunday’s game against the Packers.

Chiefs coach Todd Haley stuck with Tyler Palko through some miserable efforts. Stanzi was beleieved to be “not ready.” It’s also possible Kyle Orton could recover from his finger injury in time to start.

Crennel’s first chore as interim head coach will be a tough one.  He will continue to call defensive plays, and this time it will be against the best offense in football.

It sounds like Crennel will be a candidate for the permanent job after the season. At the least, it might make sense for a new head coach to retain Crennel as defensive coordinator.

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22 Responses to “Crennel may start Ricky Stanzi”
  1. trollhammer20 says: Dec 13, 2011 2:35 PM

    At this point, why not?

    As a Seahawks fan, if they lose to Chicago this weekend, I’d be all in favor of Josh Portis starting the last two games of the year. Might as well see what you have in hand before investing major assets at the QB position in the offseason.

  2. wtfchiefs says: Dec 13, 2011 2:35 PM

    This is honestly the most exciting news I’ve heard from the Chiefs all year. I’m actually really anxious to see how Stanzi does

  3. humbleminded85 says: Dec 13, 2011 2:35 PM

    Is it just me or does Romeo Crennel look like a grown up version of Cleveland Jr from the Cleveland Show?

  4. earthtopft says: Dec 13, 2011 2:37 PM

    “For dessert would you like tofu, brussel sprouts, or cod liver oil?”.

  5. medtxpack says: Dec 13, 2011 2:41 PM

    Chiefs D will most likely show up on Sunday, but it wont be enough. I like Romeo, didnt get his full chance in Cleveland. Who does though?

  6. yelix says: Dec 13, 2011 2:41 PM

    If Orton is ready, start him. If not, start Stanzi. This game was lost before the season started so it doesn’t really matter. If neither of them are ready, start Jim Zorn because I don’t want to see Palko anymore.

  7. cornersportsnet says: Dec 13, 2011 2:44 PM

    These teams want the big name coach gruden,cowher ,he isnt that guy,helleva d coordinator though

  8. fmlizard says: Dec 13, 2011 2:44 PM

    “Crennel may start Ricky Stanzi”

    Not the headline us Chiefs fans were hoping to see back in September.

  9. benh999 says: Dec 13, 2011 2:45 PM

    @humbleminded85,
    I guess we all like alike to you, cracka.

  10. arcaero says: Dec 13, 2011 2:58 PM

    The NFL set up the Cleveland expansion franchise to fail. Paul Tagliabue was mad at all the broken fax machines in the home office.

  11. bozosforall says: Dec 13, 2011 2:59 PM

    Might as well see what they have at this point in time. Not like they are going anywhere at this point of the season.

    Also, the rest of us NFL fans can finally get to see if Stanzi’s skill set translates to the NFL, given all of the hype surrounding his former college coach’s abilities to make the jump to the NFL.

  12. bw115 says: Dec 13, 2011 3:03 PM

    America, love it or leave it

  13. riverhorsey says: Dec 13, 2011 3:09 PM

    medtxpack says: Dec 13, 2011 2:41 PM

    Chiefs D will most likely show up on Sunday, but it wont be enough. I like Romeo, didnt get his full chance in Cleveland.
    ——————————————————
    Romeo only had 4 full years

  14. bsreimer says: Dec 13, 2011 3:31 PM

    Ricky, meet Clay. Ricky, meet Charles.

  15. My Last Victim Escaped says: Dec 13, 2011 3:37 PM

    Would Stanzi be the Anti-Christ if he beats Tebow?

  16. trbowman says: Dec 13, 2011 4:15 PM

    Palko’s done. Anytime the coach doesn’t immediately commit to the incumbent, it’s a sure-fire sign a switch will be made. Just a question of Orton or Stanzi

  17. biz518 says: Dec 13, 2011 4:17 PM

    im pretty sure he looks like cleveland jr because he’s really round, and has the same really round face, but yea, im sure humbleminded85 meant it exactly how you took it.

  18. howmanyringsyourteamgot says: Dec 13, 2011 4:21 PM

    Palko is one of the worst QB’s I’ve ever seen in my life, still don’t understand how he beat out Joe Flacco at Pitt

  19. howiefeltersnatch says: Dec 13, 2011 4:26 PM

    Being from Cleveland and watching this trainwreck up close for years, I’d rather have Shurmur as my head coach over Crennel. KC fan, this is the last guy you want running your team. Nice guy fer sure, but not a HC in this league.

  20. jbaxt says: Dec 13, 2011 5:05 PM

    If Palko starts then we all know Pioli’s been pulling the strings. I’m still of the opinion Pioli doesn’t want the fans thinking anything other than Cassell is the man. And that’s why Haley’s out of a job.

  21. rpiotr01 says: Dec 13, 2011 5:23 PM

    Palko led them to, what was it, 2 TDs in 4 games? Not good enough.

    It’s easy to forget just how injured the Chiefs are. Losing Charles so early was a big enough blow, but Cassell going down too was huge.

  22. theharshestreality says: Dec 13, 2011 6:33 PM

    Palko had a chance and was terrible – Crennel would be a fool to start him especially if he wants to coach again.

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