Kansas City’s win over the Packers may just transform the direction of the franchise for the next few years.
Interim coach Romeo Crennel has a chance to earn the job outright. And Kyle Orton could find a home in Kansas City, if he keeps winning.
“If we win these next two games with [Orton], and he continues to play the way he did today, then you might have to say that,” Crennel said, when asked Sunday if Orton should be the team’s quarterback in 2012. “That’s what happens in football: You see what kind of production a player has, and then you make a determination of whether you think that production will continue and if you want that type of player on your team.
“If he continues to do what he did today, I would say yes.”
This is getting ahead of things, of course. Orton is a free agent this offseason and Matt Cassel is under contract. It makes sense to keep one of them, but probably not both. They are both middle-tier guys that might be better paired with a young quarterback to develop.
There is also the question, of course, regarding whether Crennel will be in Kansas City next year. The Chiefs players have made it clear they would love to play for Crennel.
“Everything was different,” fullback Le’Ron McClain said of Crennel’s first week. “More meeting time. More football time. Learning your opponent better, understanding your opponent. I know I watched more film this week than I watched all year. Everything was different, man. Good different.”
Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star wrote that the Chiefs have “almost certainly found their new head coach” but we’re not sure it’s such a slam dunk.
If Crennel does stay, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen suggested that Josh McDaniels might arrive as offensive coordinator.
If that happened, McDaniels might essentially choose between two of his former quarterbacks in Cassel and Orton.