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Romeo Crennel wants to be a head coach on a permanent basis

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Chiefs interim head coach Romeo Crennel says he hopes that in the final three games of the season, he can prove that he deserves to have the “interim” label removed.

I would like to be a head coach again and show that I can get it done,” Crennel told the Kansas City Star. “I know how to get it done, and I think the experience from the first time will make me better the next time around.”

Crennel coached the Browns for four years, never made the playoffs and went 24-40 overall, so he wouldn’t be the most inspiring of choices to a Chiefs fan base that needs some inspiration right now. Barring the Chiefs going 3-0 the rest of the way (against the Packers, Raiders and Broncos), it’s tough to see the Chiefs giving Crennel the job in 2012.

But Crennel has those three games to demonstrate he deserves the job. And that’s what he plans on doing.

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  1. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Dec 14, 2011 10:08 AM

    His QB’s were Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson in Cleveland. Not to mention the supporting cast wasn’t all that great. Maybe he should get a second chance with KC. They have some solid pieces in place and may be a draft or two away from being legit contenders.

  2. mwcarolina says: Dec 14, 2011 10:10 AM

    i wouldnt be shocked if he were the head coach, i doubt Gruden or Cowher go there and unless they can get Kirk Ferentz (likely spelled his name wrong) then it makes sense for them to get guys that are former Patroit’s assistants. McDaniels would be looked at and so would Mangini, but i personally would hire Crennel and get him an offensive coordinator.

  3. sepl12 says: Dec 14, 2011 10:12 AM

    I think if he went 2-1 beating the division rivals Oakland and Denver it wouldn’t be that tough a sell to give him the job. I’d like to see him get the job and J. McDanials take over the offense then JMcD get the head job and Crennel get the defense.

  4. jhorton83 says: Dec 14, 2011 10:12 AM

    If the Chiefs manage to beat the Packers, Raiders and Broncos, then yeah, he deserves the job. But, somehow I don’t see that happening. Just call it a hunch.

  5. lenke08 says: Dec 14, 2011 10:14 AM

    crennel was given a horrible gm with somewhat good players. savage drafted based on talent not on scheme. romeo should have his chance again.

  6. whoisgonnasing says: Dec 14, 2011 10:14 AM

    this may seem obvious but ALL coaches are “interim” coaches; there’s no such thing as a permanent HC. So you don’t need the term “interim” at all. RC is the HC. Just like Belichick is.

  7. CKL says: Dec 14, 2011 10:16 AM

    RAC, I love you to pieces but you are NOT a head coach. I was hoping you’d realize that and settle in to the role that’s perfect for you which is DC.

  8. Tribe&Browns&Cavs says: Dec 14, 2011 10:19 AM

    I fully support Crennel being a head coach, specifically for the Ravens, Steelers or Bengals.

  9. clintonportisheadd says: Dec 14, 2011 10:27 AM

    “I know how to get it done.”, Crennel told the Kansas City Star.

    ————————————-

    Was he referring to finishing off a 36 oz. steak, side of fries, and a salad in less than 20 minutes OR referring to being a head coach in the NFL?

    I have no opinion on the meal but we all know the answer about being a head coach.

  10. 6ball says: Dec 14, 2011 10:28 AM

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    I think he has more Super Bowl rings than anyone else.

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  11. hunternuts says: Dec 14, 2011 10:45 AM

    This poor guy had a bad situation in Cleveland, but has an even worse situation being thrown into the position in KC with no healthy/decent QBs.

  12. dablitz2 says: Dec 14, 2011 11:04 AM

    In a world that values style over substance, he may not be the most electrifying choice. But I think he is the right choice.

    Many people learn from a first experience and improve. Think about raising children or your own careers. Are you better at something after doing it more than once?

    In my experience, the people who don’t improve are the egomaniacs who think they are perfect (see McDaniels & Mangini). A humble person learns from their experience. I really hope the Chiefs hire him full time.

  13. audient says: Dec 14, 2011 11:16 AM

    Between Romeo Crennel and Phil Savage, Crennel is the guy who is more worthy of a second chance. KC could do far worse.

    I liked Romeo. He did what he could with what players Phil brought him in Cleveland.

  14. hound32 says: Dec 14, 2011 11:20 AM

    I Have lots of respect for RAC . But he is better served as a cordinator . his teams quit on him in Cleveland after all saying how much they enjoyed playing for him . really ?? way to show support .

  15. Mitch Cumstein says: Dec 14, 2011 11:20 AM

    Kraft and Belichick should make him a big offer to come back and rebuild the New England D.

  16. cardmagnet says: Dec 14, 2011 11:21 AM

    Thanks to the Rooney Charade, at least a team or two will give the illusion they’re interested in him via interview, right before they hire the guy who already won the job before they even talked to Crennel.

  17. wtfpft says: Dec 14, 2011 11:27 AM

    Please chiefs please make him your coach!!!

    sincerely,

    Raiders
    Chargers
    Broncos

  18. civilwarfish says: Dec 14, 2011 11:40 AM

    Romeo took a usual Browns team in 2007 and went 10-6 and stood outside looking in after Houston won their last game and made the playoffs instead of the Browns. Two winning seasons in the last 12 and one was under Romeo.

    Worth a shot.

  19. Nevis says: Dec 14, 2011 11:43 AM

    Crennel was awful in Cleveland, utter milk toast. He’s better off staying the DC and Pioli would be wise to get a legit name involved.

  20. citizenstrange says: Dec 14, 2011 11:44 AM

    If the Chiefs could go against Roethlisberger every week Crennel’s defense would be record breaking.

  21. wegonnadoitbaby says: Dec 14, 2011 11:47 AM

    He will probably not be the coach. Pioli is under a large microscope, and he needs a big name and a proven winner. If he goes with Crennel and it fails he would be gone.

  22. patsfiend says: Dec 14, 2011 11:47 AM

    Romeo,

    Please drop the head coaching idea, and come back to New England. You can get 2 more SB rings with the Pats, Brady, and Belichick, and take over the team when hoodmeister retires and heads out to sea on his boat “7 Rings.”

    Sincerely,

    A Pats fan in San Diego that can’t bear to look at our defense.

  23. sguy2130 says: Dec 14, 2011 11:51 AM

    Romeo Crennel + Phil Savage = Epic Failure in Cleveland

    Romeo Crennel + Scott Pioli = ?

    Romeo is a players coach and a class act guy. KC could do worse I suppose.

  24. Nevis says: Dec 14, 2011 12:09 PM

    Wait, people actually thumbed down my comment about Crennel being a poor choice?

    His family on here or something?

    Seriously, give us one good reason Crennel is the best man for this job.

    And just because he worked with Pioli in NE does NOT count. That’s an associative reason, not one that amounts to anything regarding results on Sunday.

    I mean offer us legitimate, tangible reasons why he’s qualified to turn the KC Chiefs around.

    I’ll wait.

  25. jjackwagon says: Dec 14, 2011 12:57 PM

    Crennel may not be the BEST man for the job but it takes two sides to make a deal.
    If the Chiefs go after Cowher and it doesn’t happen, then they go after Jeff Fisher and it doesn’t happen, then I think Crennel would be the best choice at that point.

  26. mwcarolina says: Dec 14, 2011 1:28 PM

    i think Crennel would be a guy to look at, i dont see Cowher or Fisher going to KC, i am thinking it’s either the Iowa coach or some coach who worked around him/Belichick. if i had to predict right now, i think the coach could be Mangini with McDaniels as the OC. i see them getting a lesser experienced head coach.

  27. gooboy6 says: Dec 14, 2011 1:48 PM

    What is he supposed to say ? I respect him for being a winner and trying to succeed at the highest level !

  28. mangoldbond says: Dec 14, 2011 2:10 PM

    I heard he’s a real Romeo with the ladies

  29. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Dec 14, 2011 2:17 PM

    jjackwagon says:Dec 14, 2011 12:57 PM

    Crennel may not be the BEST man for the job but it takes two sides to make a deal.
    If the Chiefs go after Cowher and it doesn’t happen, then they go after Jeff Fisher and it doesn’t happen, then I think Crennel would be the best choice at that point.
    __________________________________

    The odds of Cowher going to KC are about as likely as me beating out everyone for the Miami job.
    But…they said the same thing about Reggie White going to the Packers.

  30. ytownie says: Dec 14, 2011 2:19 PM

    RAC great guy but no head coach. Check back to the days in Cleveland. Party time, no discipline, the inmates ran the asylum. I understand Braylon Edwards wants a trade to KC if RAC is named head coach.

  31. couldntthinkofaname says: Dec 14, 2011 2:56 PM

    Was he referring to finishing off a 36 oz. steak, side of fries, and a salad in less than 20 minutes OR referring to being a head coach in the NFL?

    I have no opinion on the meal but we all know the answer about being a head coach.

    ____________________

    Wow, a fat joke. Clever. Mommy must be proud.

    Crennel was stuck with a self-promoting, no-talent GM in Cleveland. If you go back and look at Phil Savage’s drafts, try and track down who he drafted. Most ended up on practice squads or out of the NFL in a couple of years. He hit on a couple of high picks, but was nothing special–the only reason he got a shot as a GM was because he road Ozzie Newsome’s coat tails.

    Browns fans, of course, blamed a good coach who has been successful everywhere he’s gone and lauded Savage as some kind of genius at talent evaluation.

    He’d do a good job as a team’s head coach if he was given another shot. Nobody succeeds in Cleveland.

  32. couldntthinkofaname says: Dec 14, 2011 2:58 PM

    ytownie says: Dec 14, 2011 2:19 PM

    RAC great guy but no head coach. Check back to the days in Cleveland. Party time, no discipline, the inmates ran the asylum. I understand Braylon Edwards wants a trade to KC if RAC is named head coach.

    __________________

    Yeah, it’s not like he wanted to fine Edwards and Savage prevented it or anything. Another clueless Cleveland fan. KC fans, don’t listen to these people. Their hobby is running head coaches out of town.

  33. dablitz2 says: Dec 14, 2011 3:07 PM

    He is the best man for the job because he has been around the organization and has probably taken note of what things can be improved. He also knows the players and coaches.

    Think to whatever job you have. Have you ever kept a mental list of things you would change if you got your boss’s job? Think about how much you know about your organization that an outsider.

    Crennel is the best candidate because he is a humble man with a lot of football intelligence. I would bet that he has learned from his experience in Cleveland and would provide the Chiefs with the experience and respect they need in that position. He knows the people there and will be effective.

  34. cliverush says: Dec 14, 2011 4:38 PM

    RAC is a solid football coach. In regards to team discipline, a great deal of that originates in the GM’s office. Pete Carroll got screwed in NE because of a weak GM (Bobby Grier) who wanted to be the players friend and pal. This followed Parcells with his strict conditioning demands departure and it was evident right away on the field. McGinest was one of the top players who played out of shape that year and it showed. KC should consider Romeo.

  35. huejackson says: Dec 14, 2011 5:55 PM

    He is not going to beat the Raiders with Orton, He should start someone else cause Raiders own Orton cause Orton cant move in the pocket

  36. redripper says: Dec 14, 2011 8:18 PM

    Can see this working in KC. He knows and works well with Scott pioli. He has been a head coach. And well versed in the “patiot way”. I dont see the gm wanting to blow this thing all up and start from scratch. Plus maybe he could get Josh McDanials who might be canned anyway to come over and work with cassel and the offence.

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