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Tamba Hali: Chiefs want Romeo Crennel as their coach next year


Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali says he and his teammates want interim head coach Romeo Crennel to get the “interim” label taken off his title next year.

He’s very motivating,” Hali told the Kansas City Star. “He treats us like men. He does expect a lot from us, but he knows what it takes.”

Hali didn’t say anything negative about former head coach Todd Haley, but his comments, the comments of other Chiefs players and the way the team rallied around Crennel on Sunday all suggest that the players in Kansas City prefer Crennel to the man he replaced.

“I think anybody on this team would agree with me, if we can keep Romeo as our head coach here, it would be great,” Hali said.

At the time that Crennel was announced as Haley’s interim replacement, not many people expected him to get the job permanently. But if the Chiefs play as well for two more games as they did against the Packers, it would be tough not to give him the job.

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39 Responses to “Tamba Hali: Chiefs want Romeo Crennel as their coach next year”
  1. mrplow3 says: Dec 22, 2011 1:33 PM

    If beating the undefeated world champs doesn’t earn him this job, nothing will.

    Take off the interim tag already.

  2. mattolikesthevikes says: Dec 22, 2011 1:36 PM

    That was fast.

  3. yelix says: Dec 22, 2011 1:38 PM

    Tamba Hali is pretty awesome. He also doesn’t ever say anything to the media, so maybe everything he says should be taken seriously.

  4. fittytuckin says: Dec 22, 2011 1:38 PM

    Would you rather him treat you like women?

  5. nlucas550 says: Dec 22, 2011 1:40 PM

    One of the worst tags a potential hc can have is “interim”

    Jim Haslett, while a interim in STL had huge player support. Did not help him.

  6. test2402 says: Dec 22, 2011 1:41 PM

    Chiefs should want Tim Tebow as their coach.

  7. vegaspopinjay says: Dec 22, 2011 1:45 PM

    “He treats us like men.” That tells you all you need to know about how they felt about Haley.

  8. zor9999 says: Dec 22, 2011 1:48 PM

    Let him stay on as coach but also keep the interim tag on him. It would be a new radical motivational technique.

  9. nflwatcher says: Dec 22, 2011 1:49 PM

    Why commit now, GM Pioli has the luxury of watching 2 more games before dertermining if Crenel is a good fit. Pioli has already screwed up once it would prudent for him to take his time because he won’t get a 3rd opportunity.

    KC still has a slim chance for the playoffs let these guys play hard for Romeo again this week. If somehow Buffalo can upset the Broncos, KC over Oak and Det stopping SD we will have a final dream death match of Orton at Tebow.

  10. rickster8 says: Dec 22, 2011 1:50 PM

    Heck ya, after what they pulled off last week. Give him a shot. He seriously can’t be worse than that bearded nightmare that just left…. It would also help the team if Dwayne Bowe 9very overrated) remembered what a touchdown is????

  11. jayhawk6 says: Dec 22, 2011 1:51 PM

    This should be a no-brainer.

  12. test2402 says: Dec 22, 2011 1:51 PM

    Tim Tebow treats his men like men. Tim Tebow is a man’s man.

  13. wtfpft says: Dec 22, 2011 1:53 PM

    Yes chiefs please let this happen.



  14. hunterx82 says: Dec 22, 2011 1:57 PM


    Jim Zorn beat the champs a few years back…

  15. 6ball says: Dec 22, 2011 1:59 PM


    The man has 5 Super Bowl rings. Three came as defense coordinator of the Patriots. He should be in the mix on resume alone.

    Tamba Hali – excellent player


  16. slatetundra07 says: Dec 22, 2011 2:02 PM

    Not so fast young grasshopper. Look what happened to the Cowboys/Vikings after their “motivated” wins with their new head coach.

  17. emstech says: Dec 22, 2011 2:20 PM

    I hear lots of defensive players wanting him…what about the offense?

  18. td40 says: Dec 22, 2011 2:24 PM

    “He’s very motivating,” Hali told the Kansas City Star.

    Wow. Things must’ve changed a lot since Crennel was the HC in Cleveland.

  19. hateithere says: Dec 22, 2011 2:33 PM

    be careful what you ask for… there was a coach out west who was very motivating and all the players supported him and wanted the interm taken off his name… and now everyone is better off that Harbaugh is there.

  20. timjahr says: Dec 22, 2011 2:37 PM

    Let’s not forget the recent post pointing out that they can’t just remove the “interim” title. They still have to comply with the Rooney Rule in the offseason and interview for the position, including a minority candidate (which could be Romeo, obviously, but they still have to interview him, not just promote him).

  21. ninerfan94954 says: Dec 22, 2011 2:39 PM

    Make sure you look at all possibilities. I was thrilled when Singletary got the job here in San Francisco…great player, great man….poor coach.

  22. illiniftw says: Dec 22, 2011 2:45 PM

    Isn’t it in NFL policy they have to interview one non-minority coach first before hiring?

  23. broncobillie says: Dec 22, 2011 2:51 PM

    Leslie Frazier had a tryout and it didn’t work. Tony Sparano didn’t have a tryout, and it also didn’t work.

    Jeff Fisher (remember him?) was an interim that worked out. Mike Tomlin wasn’t an interim and he also worked out.

    Interim or no interim is no predictor of the future, but three good games as an interim coach is better than just talk, which is what any other coach would have to offer.

    I’d say give him a year. Take interim away from the title, but tell him he has one season as an audition. Win, and you’re in. Lose and you know the outcome ahead of time.

    But wait, they play the Broncos twice a year. Fire the man, fuggedabout him!

  24. briang123 says: Dec 22, 2011 2:55 PM

    I agree Coach Crennel deserves a second shot. However, I recall this time last year everyone on the Vikings hated Childress and they wanted Frazier as their coach. Look at how that is turning out. I am not a strong believer of letting the players decide who coaches them, because they’ll always choose the pushover.

  25. yevrag3535 says: Dec 22, 2011 3:10 PM

    oh no,,,

  26. yevrag3535 says: Dec 22, 2011 3:11 PM

    who cares except in KC

  27. bristerfan says: Dec 22, 2011 3:29 PM

    Anyone else think Crennel looks like an English Bulldog??

    He’s a good football coach. That team has a lot of talent that is on IR right now. If they can bring in someone to handle the offensive side of the ball and he can be HC and run the defense, that’s a good combination. Clearly Haley wasn’t the right fit here, but I was still surprised he got fired. Had the team at 11-5 last year and won the division. All kinds of injuries this year. I guess it goes to show you that if your an idiot you don’t get the kind of slack that a good guy might get.

  28. raythestabber says: Dec 22, 2011 3:31 PM

    I would advise against Romeo. When he was with the Browns the knock on him was he “befriended” alot of the black players. Anyone who knows the inside situation knows that Romeo is a racist

  29. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Dec 22, 2011 3:48 PM

    You kidding? This guy is a genius of secondaries and defense. I know he works with the secondary a lot though and the one they have in kc with berry healthy is gonna be dangerous. Brandon Flowers is so underrated!

  30. gln9213 says: Dec 22, 2011 3:49 PM

    Romeo is not only a good coach but he is a good man and well deserving of being the Chiefs new head coach.

  31. redripper says: Dec 22, 2011 4:01 PM

    Would like to see him get a shot. But the players better pipe down a bit or Pioli will dig his heels in.

  32. blackbeardk says: Dec 22, 2011 4:32 PM

    After the Raiders crush them it will be Romeo, Romeo where are thou Romeo?

  33. JSpicoli says: Dec 22, 2011 4:58 PM

    They keep him and that is Pioli’s final nail in the coffin.

    Most likely he gets canned anyway in the next couple years, but Crennel speeds up the process.

  34. johnnydom says: Dec 22, 2011 5:38 PM

    Yeehaw, hire him. He was such a great coach for the Browns.

  35. TheWizard says: Dec 22, 2011 7:45 PM

    Players that quit on a coach, any coach, are cancerous.

    Hire the guy they want and they’ll turn on him within 2 years.

  36. commandercornpone says: Dec 22, 2011 11:16 PM

    the chiefs offense… it’s pretty offensive…

  37. redripper says: Dec 23, 2011 11:34 AM

    Hey johnnydom, please tell us chiefs fans just who was the browns greatest coach. Dig deep.

  38. mrfrostyj says: Jan 1, 2012 3:51 AM

    A Crennel coached team with Pioli as a GM seems like a no brainer to me. Crennel and Wies were the brains of the operation in KC last season and not Haley.

  39. mrfrostyj says: Jan 1, 2012 3:56 AM

    @johnnydom. last I checked the Browns got WORSE without him. Also, have you seen the Browns rosters he coached? The fact that he got at LEAST 6 wins out of any of them shows that the guy can coach. That’s the equivalent to breaking the top 10 in a NASCAR race with a Ford Escort.

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