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Chiefs plan to retain Romeo Crennel as head coach

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Romeo Crennel is expected to coach the Kansas City Chiefs for more than three games.

The Chiefs are planning to remove the “interim” tag from Crennel’s job title and make him the head coach on a permanent basis, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting.

When Crennel was first appointed the interim head coach after the firing of Todd Haley, it appeared that the Chiefs needed a bigger change of course than appointing one of Haley’s assistants to the top job would have provided. But Crennel did impressive work in his three weeks on the job, leading the Chiefs to victories over the Packers and Broncos.

The Chiefs also interviewed former Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio and Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, but in the end it looks like they’ve decided the right man for the job was there all along.

Crennel previously spent four seasons as head coach of the Browns, where he went 24-40 and never made the playoffs.

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48 Responses to “Chiefs plan to retain Romeo Crennel as head coach”
  1. trbowman says: Jan 7, 2012 11:49 AM

    Congrats Romeo.

  2. marcuswelby70 says: Jan 7, 2012 11:50 AM

    Good luck Romeo. Glad you got another shot.

  3. mrplow3 says: Jan 7, 2012 11:50 AM

    First smart move the Chiefs have made in a long time.

    Romeo is a defensive mastermind (hell he made Rodgers look medicore) and I don’t blame for his failings in Cleveland (Bellicheck fail in Cleveland)

    I see the Chiefs in the playoffs as a wildcard maybe next year.

    Grats Romeo!

  4. dave0320 says: Jan 7, 2012 11:54 AM

    Good move by the Chiefs.

  5. IMG says: Jan 7, 2012 11:55 AM

    He deserved this chance. The Chiefs will have a sick defense next year

  6. godofwine330 says: Jan 7, 2012 11:58 AM

    This is a good move by KC. Hopefully, like Belichick, he learned from his mistakes during his time in Cleveland.

  7. jbaxt says: Jan 7, 2012 11:58 AM

    If we couldn’t get Cowher, or Gruden then there was “no third middle choice” (Kenny Powers)

    Crennel was my 3rd choice. Thank goodness McDaniels wasn’t ever really considered.

  8. mikeeg says: Jan 7, 2012 11:59 AM

    This is great news!!!! Definitely sign Romeo long term!!

    Raida Nation

  9. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 7, 2012 12:00 PM

    I think this is a good move for the Chiefs. Now Romeo just needs to find a Defensive Coordinator that can follow his orders and install his game plans and that underrated defense will continue to get better. Finding an Offensive Coordinator to put the ball in Jamaal Charles and Dexter McClusters hands more often is a MUST.

    Calling it now, Chiefs retake the AFC East next year and that defense will be a top 8 unit.

  10. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 7, 2012 12:01 PM

    I think this is a good move for the Chiefs. Now Romeo just needs to find a Defensive Coordinator that can follow his orders and install his game plans and that underrated defense will continue to get better. Finding an Offensive Coordinator to put the ball in Jamaal Charles and Dexter McClusters hands more often is a MUST.

    Calling it now, Chiefs retake the AFC Wast next year and that defense will be a top 8 unit.

  11. ampats says: Jan 7, 2012 12:11 PM

    I think this is a smart move by KC. I know the Brown fans will crap all over this decision but I think Romeo will be a good HC with his chance. Players love the coach and the man.

    Good choice Chief fans !

  12. riverhorsey says: Jan 7, 2012 12:28 PM

    “Crennel did impressive work in his three weeks on the job, leading the Chiefs to victories over the Packers and Broncos.”

    I think the credit for that goes to Kyle Orton.

  13. sbxxix says: Jan 7, 2012 12:29 PM

    I think he’ll do great in KC. They have solid players on D and now Crennel will take them to the next level and make them a legit defense next season. I think they’ll make a good run for the AFC west next season

  14. savocabol1 says: Jan 7, 2012 12:30 PM

    He is a good coach, just not a good head coach. The lack of anger from this big teddy bear will frustrate chiefs fans. I don’t think I once saw him agrue one call during his entire tenure.

  15. nfl4life77 says: Jan 7, 2012 12:33 PM

    It’ll be interesting to see who he puts as OC. For Cassell sake it better a long term solution (longer then 2 seasons)

  16. jayho78 says: Jan 7, 2012 12:36 PM

    Good job chiefs! Smart move! Especially if u got players wanting to play hard for u & for u.

  17. tiffpats4eva says: Jan 7, 2012 12:42 PM

    Good for him.

  18. ronlm says: Jan 7, 2012 12:45 PM

    Crennel seems to fit in the “Norv” mold… excellent coordinator, poor head coach. He’ll likely have the Chiefs D playing well, but there are some major concerns on offense. Wonder if Martz may pop up on their radar?

    Regardless, this hire was the safe one… albeit likely not enough to turn the team around.

  19. patsfiend says: Jan 7, 2012 12:49 PM

    Go get ‘em Romeo. This is going to be your last shot, so don’t screw it up!

  20. acieu says: Jan 7, 2012 12:50 PM

    Deserving of another opportunity.

  21. redripper says: Jan 7, 2012 12:51 PM

    There was no reason to get into a bidding war for Jeff Fisher. And of all the AVAILABLE coachs who wanted the KC job he was by far the best choice. This team dosn’t need a total rebuild.

  22. ytownie says: Jan 7, 2012 12:52 PM

    I hope he works out for KC better than he did in Cleveland. Great defensive coordinator but not able to bring discipline for the team. Look eg. to his handling of Braylon. I’m afraid the inmates started running the asylum. Also, I’m reminded of his” let’s flip a coin” as to who would start at QB.

  23. ksctychiefs says: Jan 7, 2012 12:56 PM

    as a long time chiefs fan i had crennel as my FIRST choice!!!!!….great move by the chiefs…

  24. chiefsfaninpa says: Jan 7, 2012 1:00 PM

    Good move to retain Crennel. I am interested in who he picks for OC and DC. Does he keep the current OC or does he use Jim Zorn or go outside the organization? Who will get hired as DC?

  25. cballlv11 says: Jan 7, 2012 1:15 PM

    RAC as HC is a great move, now the Chiefs need to get busy finding an OC. The defense is starting to come together nicely, but the offense is just terrible.

    Once they find the OC, they need to find a QB. Cassel has proved that he is not a franchise qb or even a starter of any consequence in the NFL. He will make a great backup for many years, if he is smart enough to embrace the role and not try to leave to be a starter.

    KC has a ton of money to spend, and they are required to spend a whole lot more this year than they have in the past. This should mean that they will be very active in free agency this off season. I just hope they don’t waste it on a franchised QB again… Like the way they bought Cassel after a season in NE, now the media is hyping M. Flynn after he had 1 (that’s 1, one, uno) game and speculating the same kind of situation that Pioli fell for last time.

    If the Chiefs want to spend big on an unproven QB, I’d much rather see them blow a wad and a pick or two for RG3 if he comes out.

    Please fix the O, Romeo! Best of luck in 2012! CHIEFS!!

  26. mthoover says: Jan 7, 2012 1:17 PM

    I like the move for consistency’s sake; the defense was not the problem in KC, and with Eric Berry returning next year (and hopefully a re-signed Brandon Carr), it’ll be elite with a draft & free agency to fill depth.

    What this team needs is a QB, an OL, and a VERY STRONG offensive coordinator who can basically just be in charge of that side of the team.

    The only thing I worry about with Crennel is what was said above: he’s a big teddy bear, from what we see most of the time.

    This team was hard because of Haley and can’t afford to go soft.

  27. gln9213 says: Jan 7, 2012 1:21 PM

    I sure hope this is true! Crennel is a great choice and he is a good man to boot!!

  28. trickbunny says: Jan 7, 2012 1:31 PM

    mrplow3 says:
    Jan 7, 2012 11:50 AM

    First smart move the Chiefs have made in a long time.

    I don’t blame for his failings in Cleveland (Bellicheck fail in Cleveland)
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    Aw, isn’t revisionist history cute?

    The primary reason Crennel failed in Cleveland was because he outright refused to get rid of Mo Carthon, long after everyone and their mothers knew that Carthon’s game plans were junk. Everyone (not just fans, but experts, anylists, etc.) were ALL screaming about how Carthon was severely holding back the team, but because Crennel was a close, personal friend, he wouldn’t cut Carthon loose. Eventually, under extreme pressure (probably the risk of his own job), he fired Carthon, let Jeff Davidson take over, and the offense got better IMMEDIATELY.

    So that’s what you’ve got in Crennel. A guy who will hurt his team just to keep his buddies around. No thanks. Nice guy, but a milquetoast of a coach.

    As far as Belicheck “failing” in Cleveland, give me a break. He was a rookie HC at the time who took a 3-13 team, doubled their wins the following year, added another win the following year, and managed to 11-5 in the third year and won a playoff game. I wouldn’t call that ‘failure.” I’d call it “pretty decent for a first time head coach,” but hey- whatever works for you.

  29. redmond4480 says: Jan 7, 2012 1:46 PM

    A players coach and the players quit on him in Cleveland.

  30. gbatap says: Jan 7, 2012 1:57 PM

    For those questioning Romeo being a players coach and being too “soft” and not enough of a disciplinarian? Just ask Dwayne Bowe who was replaced by Terrance “you’ll probably have to google my name to know who I am” Copper for the first quarter of the Packers game because he missed a team meeting and didn’t follow team protocol.

    The concern when it comes to Crennel isn’t so much about him being too soft but rather his in game management. It’s going to take the right coordinators in his ear who are willing to step up during the week and help him with game management on Sundays to make this work.

  31. wtfpft says: Jan 7, 2012 2:10 PM

    There’s nothing like chiefs fans, first two games of the season they give up 41 & 48 pts, they start calling for Romeo & Haley’s head, then win 4 in a row against trash teams and are asking for the team to sign Haley to an extension. Then lose 4 in a row and run Haley out of town, then romeo beats GB and is given the head job and called the savior. I love it.

  32. lenke08 says: Jan 7, 2012 2:11 PM

    As a browns fan i am very happy for crennel. Savage as a General Manager did a horrible job finding him players to fit his scheme. Savage drafted by talent not scheme. Oh this guy can play LB in a 3-4 oh he should be a beast in a 4-3. Savage= worst GM ever. Sorry eagle fans.

  33. bensstinkyfingers says: Jan 7, 2012 2:16 PM

    The players love Romeo, because he lets them run the show. Eventually, being loyal to players and coaches because you like them , blows up in your face. Unless Romeo hires a top notch O.C. with strong discipline they will implode eventually. I hope not for his sake, because Romeo is a genuinely good guy, just don’t know if he can handle the head coach title.

  34. wannstache says: Jan 7, 2012 2:19 PM

    You can’t judge any coach based on time spent in Cleveland.

  35. slowclyde86 says: Jan 7, 2012 2:26 PM

    I am surprised by the general sentiment lauding this hire. Great, great dc, good man but out of his depth as a hc. I would guess that he is just too nice of a guy to be effective, at least that’s how it seemed in Cleveland. I suspect it will work out for a little while as a stark contrast to Haley (bad cop good cop), but no way in the long term. Bad hire. You’ll see KC. Sorry.

  36. mwcarolina says: Jan 7, 2012 2:44 PM

    I think the credit for that goes to Kyle Orton.
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    i think Crennel’s defense had more to do with it, the packers offense is scary and that was shut down and he held the broncos offense to 3 points. i love this hire, he deserves another shot and if i am the Chiefs i go after McDaniels REAL fast to coach the offense.

  37. bmcgrath2 says: Jan 7, 2012 2:54 PM

    I guess the only knock on Coach Crennel is his age. You don’t see many coaches in the 64-65 age range getting a shot (or in Crennel’s case, and second shot).

    But, he’s a good football mind and a great man. If the players love him and play for him, more power to him.

  38. jbaxt says: Jan 7, 2012 2:59 PM

    Somewhere, Charlie Weis is kicking himself. He and Crennel would’ve likely been joint HC’s. I’d take Romeo over Weis though.

  39. ownbay says: Jan 7, 2012 3:08 PM

    This move will prove to be a bad one over time. Some coaches are just born to assistants and Romeo is one of them. I give him two years and he will be done.

  40. anpsteel says: Jan 7, 2012 3:22 PM

    The Chiefs have one heck of a defense. They’ll be a contender next season with all of the injured players back.

  41. hedleykow says: Jan 7, 2012 3:41 PM

    Nice move, Chiefs!

    Please tell me this means no more utterances of the name Josh McDaniels in future posts about the Chiefs.

  42. mwcarolina says: Jan 7, 2012 4:02 PM

    Somewhere, Charlie Weis is kicking himself. He and Crennel would’ve likely been joint HC’s. I’d take Romeo over Weis though.
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    he should be kicking himself. if he would’ve stayed at Kansas City, he likely would’ve been the OC and THE guy controlling the offense.

  43. rajbais says: Jan 7, 2012 4:27 PM

    Hope the second time works around.

    Actually, he could get Brian Daboll as the offensive coordinator and that’s not that bad of a thing because he got Brandon Marshall a Pro Bowl birth with two backup quality quarterbacks and helped Reggie Bush play like a starting tailback.

  44. rammer27 says: Jan 7, 2012 4:51 PM

    Now go ahead and hire Jack DelRio as DC and find a good OC(that will stay a while) and get this ship headed in the right direction

  45. Patriot42 says: Jan 7, 2012 4:55 PM

    I really don’t care what the Brown’s fans think about it.

  46. anrgydeafman says: Jan 7, 2012 6:42 PM

    This is smart move. Pioli has ensured that the defense will continue to improve under Crennel. That defense has come a long way!

    Now to find a QB that will keep the defense off the field more often than less! No more of those ridiculous 3 and out drives!

  47. jerrykill4pres says: Jan 8, 2012 1:20 AM

    Now, seeing how Romeo was “Tagged” as the “Interm” head coach, and then after the season named the “head coach”, and basically the same thing was done last year in Minnesota with Frazier. Can we please get rid of the “Rooney” rule. That is just another thing that furthers “racism” in society today. Owners and GM’s know who they would like to make as their next head coach, and the “Rooney” rule basically is just another thing to bring “racism” to the surface. This, and Minnesota last season are reasons why we don’t need this whole “Rooney” rule in place anymore. Both places already had their heart set on who they wanted as a coach. It’s not because they want to appease this “Rooney” rule, and allow an african american to coach a team. It’s because they feel this person is the one that can turn the team around, and lead them to championships. So abolish the “Rooney” rule, and allow teams to choose who they want, without “racism” coming to the surface. Skin color doesn’t matter whether it’s playing the game, or coaching the game. What get’s anyone a HC position is they have excelled at a different position. Crennel was a very good defensive coordinator, and deserved a second chance at being a HC. Wasn’t skin color or nationality, or race that got him into this position. It was his track record as a defensive coordinator, and the fact that when he became the “intern” head coach, he beat the undefeated Green Bay Packers. Which nobody had done all season. That right there is a pretty good piece to add to his resume.. Between that, and the job he has done with their defense was enough to give him a second chance at being a HC.

  48. iminra6 says: Jan 8, 2012 8:07 AM

    First off, I understand to some degree what your saying however the ”Rooney Rule” was designed to give black coaches a ” fair and equitable opportunity ” to coach in a league that is primarily driven by black athletes under ownership that is primarily white. So in the end we all have to abolish a ” convoluted” outlook and try to embrace some form of egalitarian behavior if it truly exist.

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