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With contract up, O’Brien could be on the move

Romeo Crennel AP

There is a lot of drama surrounding Kansas City’s season finale, but Sunday’s game will quickly be forgotten in Kansas City in the days that follow.

The Chiefs need to find a head coach. Speculation has centered around G.M. Scott Pioli possibly removing the “interim” tag from Romeo Crennel’s title.

Crennel would then need to add an offensive coordinator, with Josh McDaniels a likely candidate. NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora believes another option could emerge.

Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien’s contract expires at the end of the season. That essentially makes him a free agent and someone that could leave New England, even for a lateral move. La Canfora reports O’Brien is also expected to receive “overtures” to interview for head coaching gigs. (It’s possible he could interview for the Chiefs’ top job.)

The fact this news was leaked could be an indication that O’Brien is open to moving on. He’s still not the logical pick in Kansas City. Don Banks of SI.com hears via league sources that Pioli is expected to pair McDaniels with Crennel.

The thinking is that McDaniels could provide a long-term head coaching option, while Crennel, 64, handles the job in the short-term. McDaniels could use a few years to rebuild his reputation.

The Chiefs need to win consistently, of course, for that to happen. That hasn’t been an easy task for any Bill Belichick protege.

Coaches may leave New England, but Tom Brady isn’t going anywhere.

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43 Responses to “With contract up, O’Brien could be on the move”
  1. redguy12588 says: Dec 29, 2011 9:46 PM

    The Belichick coaching tree is as dead as my Christmas tree.

  2. salvaje50 says: Dec 29, 2011 9:52 PM

    Is there ever a Pats assistant who doesn’t leave for a promotion somewhere else within 3-4 years?

  3. patfromwayback says: Dec 29, 2011 9:52 PM

    I for one wouldn’t be sad to see him go….I’m sure the Pats can go out and a get better OC!!!

  4. trbowman says: Dec 29, 2011 9:53 PM

    Brady has a habit of making coaches look better than they are.

  5. tatum064 says: Dec 29, 2011 9:57 PM

    O’Brien will soon find out Orton or Stanzi isn’t Tom Brady. But he does have a pure no. 1 in Dwayne Bowe, and a great supporting cast with Tony Moeaki, Steve Breaston and Jamaal Charles.
    KC might be a lot better than a lot of people think next year, including the Tim Tebow led Broncos.

  6. trbowman says: Dec 29, 2011 10:03 PM

    “Brady has a habit of making coaches look better than they are.”

    And that includes Bill Belichick, although no one in the media has the sack to say it.

  7. jbaxt says: Dec 29, 2011 10:05 PM

    Again, Pioli, if you hire Josh McDaniels you may as well put in your retirement papers as well because the fanbase will leave you. You failed with Haley, you falied with Cassell, 3rd times a charm I suppose.

    He did nothing with a decent Denver team. Nothing for Sam Bradford…

    Let me get this straight; I’m supposed to believe if you suck as a HC, suck as a QB coach, a GM will hire you for a OC/HC? I could have the success that McDaniels had, and I never made it out of HS football.

    Does proving your worth by success not hold any water anymore? At least the OC in NE would make sense. Though this Patriots tree hasn’t seemed to work for anyone. So maybe another tree should be explored. Maybe one with Cowher/Schottenheimer roots…

  8. wtfchiefs says: Dec 29, 2011 10:06 PM

    NO to McDaniels

    Haven’t you seen the Rams O this year!!?

    31st in total O
    30th in Passing
    23rd in Rushing
    32nd in PPG
    Only 15 TDS (2 of which were a kick return and a Defensive score BTW)
    28th in T.O.P./G
    32nd in 3rd down conv.

    …But at least they’re 1st in Sacks allowed

    All lead by the wizz kid McDaniels. Why on earth would Pioli even consider this loser!?

  9. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 29, 2011 10:11 PM

    @salvaje50 says:
    Dec 29, 2011 9:52 PM
    Is there ever a Pats assistant who doesn’t leave for a promotion somewhere else within 3-4 years?

    Pepper Johnson, one of the best defensive coaches in the business, and Dante Scarnecchia who is the best O-line coach in the league to name two.

  10. skinsfan4 says: Dec 29, 2011 10:12 PM

    I agree with trbowman 100%. I’ve always said Belichick would be nowhere without Brady. He sucked in Cleveland and he was sucking in NE until Bledsoe went down. Take Brady off that team and he’s probably fired years ago.

    He’s supposedly a defensive genius. Yet, his defense is ranked near the bottom of the league. Even my Skins were able to put up points on that defense.

  11. Davo says: Dec 29, 2011 10:26 PM

    The fact that O’Brien hasn’t been extended already is probably a sign that the Patriots are prepared to see him move on.

  12. acieu says: Dec 29, 2011 10:26 PM

    Why would anyone consider Josh McDaniel. Loser in Denver and has ruined A young promising QB in St. Louis. This is what we get for a GM in KC?

  13. 6ball says: Dec 29, 2011 10:50 PM

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    1. The McDaniels to KC rumor is 100% manufactured news. No one in the Chiefs organization has mentioned his name because he’s under contract with the Rams.

    2. @skinsfan4 – Belichick lost Brady for the season in 2008. The Patriotis finished 11-5 behind Matt Cassell. There were very few calls for his dismissal.

    3. Bill O’Brien – hate to see you go, but I’m sure there’s some hotshot OC at the South Dakota School of Mines who can take your place.

    I would think some of you spygate enthusiasts would be wondering why Belichick would be hiring guys with mining experience …..

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  14. Patskrieg dot com says: Dec 29, 2011 10:54 PM

    Football fans, please don’t let the numbers fool you. O’Brien sucks. He inherited one of the best offenses in football and found a way to make it look like a struggle. Remember Brady running bootlegs on every other play in the 09 playoffs? O’Brien. Remember when the Pats all of a sudden couldn’t move the ball against the Jets in the 2010 playoffs? O’Brien. Remember when Pittsburgh shutdown the Pats earlier this year, when Miami shut down the Pats in the first half last week, or any given time when the opposing defense figures out they only have to defend a slant to Welker or a 10 yard out-route to Branch and the offense has no answer… O’Brien.

  15. kylecleric says: Dec 29, 2011 11:01 PM

    not leaving. la canfora speculation and other teams interest in him misses that he has no interest in leaving the Pats.

  16. raider23mike says: Dec 29, 2011 11:04 PM

    Every assistant that leaves NE has been nothing but aweful once they join other teams. Rob Ryan, Crennel, C.Weis , McDanields, all Average at best.

    Might as well make the NE waterboy the next assistant in Miami or KC.

    At the end of the day.. It’s not Brady, it’s Belicheck.. or the system

    Even garbage Matt Cassel looked Pro Bowl bound in NE.

    Just like in Philadelphia, any QB can look great great.. But it’s the system.. Just ask Kolb

    It’s NOT Brady..

  17. ottawabrave91 says: Dec 29, 2011 11:10 PM

    if only kc had the media covergae to attract big name coaches/ players

  18. ballsooharduniversity says: Dec 29, 2011 11:28 PM

    yea…that mcdaniels thing is not the best idea um….

  19. riverhorsey says: Dec 29, 2011 11:43 PM

    Pioli is under the gun for firing Haley his last choice better be as good.

  20. jeremycrowhurst says: Dec 30, 2011 12:04 AM

    McDaniels took a guy who hadn’t started a game since high school and won 11 games with him. 3700 yards, 21 TDs, and a 63% completion rate.

    I know he’s been resting on his laurels since that season, but those are pretty good laurels to rest on.

  21. bradwins says: Dec 30, 2011 12:12 AM

    Bill O’Brien could be the most infuriating play caller I’ve ever seen. Sure, NE’s offense has been reasonably successful. NE has Tom Brady. If I were the OC, NE’s offense would be successful. If O’Brien leaves I wouldn’t be a bit upset. Good luck and good riddance.

  22. flash1283 says: Dec 30, 2011 12:27 AM

    skinsfan4 says:
    Dec 29, 2011 10:12 PM
    I agree with trbowman 100%. I’ve always said Belichick would be nowhere without Brady. He sucked in Cleveland and he was sucking in NE until Bledsoe went down. Take Brady off that team and he’s probably fired years ago.

    He’s supposedly a defensive genius. Yet, his defense is ranked near the bottom of the league. Even my Skins were able to put up points on that defense.

     —-
    And who was the head coach in Cleveland the last time they won a playoff game? Belichick.

  23. chiefdt58 says: Dec 30, 2011 12:27 AM

    Enough already with the New England ties, my Chiefs will never win a championship with Patriot throwaways.

  24. damnyoulinelliot says: Dec 30, 2011 12:58 AM

    You know your headlines are misleading/lacking first names if the first guy I thought of was Conan O’Brien.

  25. rajbais says: Dec 30, 2011 1:26 AM

    And like every other ex-Belichick assistant (except Jim Schwartz) O’Brien will fail!!!!

    I like Crennel and I am rooting for him. However, if he is not the guy and Pioli goes with an ex-New England colleague Pioli should be fired immediately!!!

    He should realize that the correct guy should be hired for the job and a NFL coaching job should not be made political!!!

    There are better executives than Pioli and football fans know it. If he is so great, why is he losing? If he is so great, why were the wrong people hired?

  26. gimmeabruschi says: Dec 30, 2011 1:48 AM

    Funny how a guy melts down on one of the elite players in the game and before the dust completely settles they are talking about where he will be coaching next year. Never bite the hand that feeds you dog.

  27. objectivenflfan says: Dec 30, 2011 2:02 AM

    The Kansas City hype is incredible. Arrowhead is without a doubt top 5 most difficult places to play in the NFL. You could argue top 3. Any given year whether they are 7-3 or 3-7 – they can beat any team (see Green Bay). No argument there. But they aren’t in a position to push for the playoffs.

    J. Charles is without a doubt a top 5 NFL running back. He just tore his ACL. Not saying he can’t come back and produce, but let’s be real, he’s a RB in the NFL where hits take their tole on great backs like Charles who touch the ball a lot.

    Moeaki proved he can be a pro bowl TE in his first year. Look at his Iowa days – a complete stud. He just tore his ACL. This isn’t his first knee injury – he’s had plenty. See Brandon Myers, 2nd TE for the Oakland Raiders, also a former Hawkeye. Brandon Myers was given the opportunity in college after Moeaki had a brutal knee injury. Tony had a great career at Iowa, but it wasn’t what it could have been after he suffered two injuries in college.

    Berry is a beast. He tore his ACL. He’s young though, I think he comes back and stays on the path to being an impact player. You can only hope, he’s a fun guy to watch.

    I’m sorry, but I’m not impressed with the defensive line. The cover corners are solid, and hopefully they can lock up both guys if they want to remain consistent in the defensive backfield. Bowe is a soon to be free agent – do they keep him? What about the QB, the coach? I’m not saying they don’t have potential – because they do, see Tamba, but let’s not jump the gun yet – they have some major work to do.

  28. cup1981 says: Dec 30, 2011 2:03 AM

    The two most intelligent statements I have ever read on PFT appear on this thread…

    “Brady has a habit of making coaches look better than they are.”

    “And that includes Bill Belichick, although no one in the media has the sack to say it.”

  29. rushbacker says: Dec 30, 2011 2:12 AM

    Seriously? Don’t tell me somebody’s going to get suckered into promoting ANOTHER Patsie assistant? Will people never learn? Tom Demitroff’s the only person worth a damn to come out of that organization during the Bill B. era, and he’s an exec, not a coach.

    Actually, Weiss and Romeo are both fine coordinators, and Mangini’s a competent DC. None of them should have been head coaches, though, and McDaniels was obviously the worst of the lot. Even Bill B. will be flabbergasted if any of his coordinators (past or present) get any more head coaching offers. Buyer beware, indeed– whoever hires one of those guys will get exactly what they deserve.

  30. bullcharger says: Dec 30, 2011 2:22 AM

    The guy gets in one fight with Brady on the sideline and he’s suddenly a head coaching candidate? I think not.

  31. northerntanned says: Dec 30, 2011 2:43 AM

    I’m not a fan of O’Brien. Two years ago I could call out from my couch what play the offense was running based on the personnel, apparently Ray Lewis could too considering the butt kicking the Ravens delivered in the playoffs. He has since improved somewhat (See last year’s butt kicking by the Jets) although maybe it’s just case of very low expectations of him. Like when you’re happy when the slow kid in class gets a question right.
    The offense runs best when the Pats are in the hurry up…you know when Brady is making the calls. I see a ton of Josh McDaniels bashing, but I would take him over O’Brien anytime. Of course, I would take Charlie Weis over both of them. At least we could develop a wide out when Charlie was around.

  32. wannabeqb says: Dec 30, 2011 5:34 AM

    O’Brien isn’t awful but he isn’t good either. His version of this offense is predictable and is reliant on Brady being incredibly clutch on 3rd down after 3rd down. He is also incapable of manufacturing a running game.

    He isn’t in the same league as Weis or McDaniels.

  33. descendency says: Dec 30, 2011 5:52 AM

    BoB isn’t very good. If someone wants to over pay him and make him a HC, then don’t come crying when I said so already.

    He’s a decent guy to have as an OC, but there are better options. I have a feeling he’ll sign back in NE or have to take a downward slide (OC in NE to OC in say… Miami)

  34. maddenwizkid says: Dec 30, 2011 7:21 AM

    So who is the best coach in the NFL since having good players gets you DQ’d?

  35. jae121704 says: Dec 30, 2011 8:03 AM

    Patskrieg dot com says: Dec 29, 2011 10:54 PM

    Football fans, please don’t let the numbers fool you. O’Brien sucks. He inherited one of the best offenses in football and found a way to make it look like a struggle. Remember Brady running bootlegs on every other play in the 09 playoffs? O’Brien. Remember when the Pats all of a sudden couldn’t move the ball against the Jets in the 2010 playoffs? O’Brien. Remember when Pittsburgh shutdown the Pats earlier this year, when Miami shut down the Pats in the first half last week, or any given time when the opposing defense figures out they only have to defend a slant to Welker or a 10 yard out-route to Branch and the offense has no answer… O’Brien.

    ____________________________________

    You’re right, Hernandez and Gronk haven’t done anything this year.

  36. chmba says: Dec 30, 2011 8:11 AM

    It continues to amaze me that coaches who repeatedly FAIL continued to get hired again! McDaniels was not just a failure but a DISASTER both times. Crennel might be the right guy – I don’t know but McDaniels????

  37. mariorat says: Dec 30, 2011 8:20 AM

    How quickly people forget that McDaniels and BB won 11 games without #12! And they did it with the current QB in KC. Don’t hate the player, hate the game.

  38. bigdaddy44 says: Dec 30, 2011 8:31 AM

    Patskrieg hit the nail right on the head. Any average offensive coordinator could join up with Brady and this offense and look good on the stats sheet. The numbers get run up against against most of the defenses in the NFL. The true test is how you game plan and make adjustments against the good defenses and this is where O’Brien has failed again and again. The playoff loss against the Jets in January and this seasons’ loss against Pittsburgh are classic examples of this deficiency. The Pats have not won a title since Charlie Weis left (and Crennel for that matter, too), and Charlie was the master at game planning and making adjustments. If you can’t think on your feet, there is only one place that you are headed – one and done again. And when it’s over, call me Billy, I’ll be glad to drive your U-Haul out of town!!!

  39. ottomanismydog says: Dec 30, 2011 8:46 AM

    Surprises me any Pats coach would leave – working with the core of players and with mr. craft at the helm. it’s a solid organization to work for and the road to success for the coaches that leave isn’t exactly smooth.

  40. neilpountney says: Dec 30, 2011 8:52 AM

    Just like in Philadelphia, any QB can look great great.. But it’s the system.. Just ask Kolb

    It’s NOT Brady..
    ++++++++++++++++++++++

    Wow, someone needs to get over the tuck rule. Eat your Wheaties!!!

  41. grogansheroes says: Dec 30, 2011 9:18 AM

    cup1981 says:
    Dec 30, 2011 2:03 AM
    The two most intelligent statements I have ever read on PFT appear on this thread…

    “Brady has a habit of making coaches look better than they are.”

    “And that includes Bill Belichick, although no one in the media has the sack to say it.”

    ===========================
    Hey Cup, substitute Brady for Manning, Brees, Rogers, or Newton. Or for that fact, Montana, Marino, Elway, but I think you get the idea.

  42. portnoychunk says: Dec 30, 2011 10:28 AM

    northerntanned says: Dec 30, 2011 2:43 AM

    I’m not a fan of O’Brien. Two years ago I could call out from my couch what play the offense was running based on the personnel, apparently Ray Lewis could too considering the butt kicking the Ravens delivered in the playoffs. He has since improved somewhat (See last year’s butt kicking by the Jets) although maybe it’s just case of very low expectations of him. Like when you’re happy when the slow kid in class gets a question right.
    The offense runs best when the Pats are in the hurry up…you know when Brady is making the calls. I see a ton of Josh McDaniels bashing, but I would take him over O’Brien anytime. Of course, I would take Charlie Weis over both of them. At least we could develop a wide out when Charlie was around.

    ^^^^^^^

    Thank you! I do feel somewhat ridiculous complaining about the Pats offense since they’re top 5 in the league in scoring, but I often feel they could be so much better without O’Brien. I sit there on Sundays and do the exact same thing “oh, here comes this play”…sure enough, they run it for nothing…time and time again. Maybe we’re spoiled as fans, but how can you expect to out-coach a top 5 defense when Joe Shmoe on the coach at home can consistently predict what play you’re going to run?

  43. portnoychunk says: Dec 30, 2011 10:29 AM

    **couch, not “coach”

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