Romeo Crennel agrees to three-year deal as Chiefs’ head coach

AP

Romeo Crennel is ready to go as the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Crennel’s agent, Joe Linta, confirmed to Adam Caplan of Sirius/XM that Crennel has agreed to a three-year deal with the team.

“The Chiefs were very fair with Romeo and he’s excited to become head coach,” Linta said. “He’s looking forward to building on the resurgence from late last season.”

That resurgence was a 2-1 record as interim head coach after Todd Haley was fired 13 games into a disappointing season. Now Crennel will get a chance to build on that record — and to show that he’s a better head coach than his disappointing tenure in Cleveland would suggest.

67 responses to “Romeo Crennel agrees to three-year deal as Chiefs’ head coach

  1. No disrespect to the Browns or their fans, but what head coach succeeds in Cleveland? The last one to have extended success was Marty Schottenheimer.

  2. Good for him. It’s not fair to judge him based on his tenure with the Browns — *nothing* is ever successful is Cleveland.

  3. Nothing against Crennel, but has there ever been an interim head coach that worked out? A few come to mind;

    Michael Singletary
    Jason Garrett
    Leslie Frazier
    Raheem Morris
    Cable (Oakland)

  4. Didn’t we see Romeo as a head coach before? Cleveland? He is a great D cord but that’s the limit for him — I’m a Browns fan and I saw him lose that team within the first 3 weeks. Bad move KC, bad move.

  5. First good move by Pioli in my opinion. Crennel is what the Chiefs needed and those defensive players will run through brick walls for him.

    All he needs to do now is get a better offensive Coordinator who can put the ball in Jamaal Charles hands more often,

    AND

    Pick a defensive coordinator that only has to install Romeos game plan and scheme each week.

    Chiefs will retake the AFC West next year and this underrated defense will be top 8 in the league.

  6. Classy move by the Chiefs.

    A three year deal is fair and also gives them the flexibility to make a change if needed sooner rather than later.

    The players desire to play hard to get Crennel the job made the biggest difference thus far – it’s up to them if he keeps the job too.

  7. Crennel had no chance in Cleveland. The franchise was rudderless while he was there (some think it still is….). I wish him well in Kansas City, but I think his success will be measured by whom he picks as offensive coordinator.

  8. Cleveland made a mistake letting Romeo go.

    Many people have tried and many people have failed to turn around the Browns. It can not be done.

    NOBODY can make that team a winner

  9. Does anyone else think thet the Rooney Rule should be change to state that BOTh a minority candidate AND a non-minority candidate are required to be interviewed before a final decision is announced? I just don’t think it’s fair that a minority candidate can be the one and only interview, when the same can’t be said for a non-minority candidate. I’m 100% for equal opportunity, however, this does not seem “equal”.. just a thought.

  10. Chiefs have a chance to improve the most in the AFC West and this choice will not upset any apple carts. Good pick KC.

  11. Good for Romeo. What we know now is that the real problem in Cleveland at the time was that Phil Savage and Romeo were not on the same page. Had they fired Savage and kept Romeo, they could have avoided another “rebuilding.”

  12. Solid hire.

    KC was going to wind up with someone’s coordinator anyway, might as well be their own.

    Not every franchise gets to pick from the top shelf.

  13. Good for Tim Tebow. I’m sure the Chiefs will be very happy with Tebow as coach. Oh, sorry, It seems that when I read a story from any sports media I just assume it will have something to do with Tebow. Did Tebow negotiate the contract?

  14. Good news and good for Crennel. Good that the Chiefs realize that what they need is to stay out of the glamor-coach race and just get down to basics. The AFC West is winnable every year, and next year will be no different.

    They do need some strength on the offensive/QB-coaching side. Get that in place, and bring back all your starters healthy, and KC will be a team no one wants to play in 2012.

  15. Pioli didn’t give us much due diligence with two HC interviews in Del Rio and Philbin.

    If Romeo crashes this coming season Pioli’s head needs to roll.

  16. Chiefs made a very good choice, love the one you’re with. For all the people speaking on Crennel failed tenure with the Browns…I remember a little coach by the name of Belichick who also failed in Cleavland, I wonder what he’s doing now?

  17. You have to love the clowns who start with the “Did they use the Rooney Rule/interview any white guys?” in their posts.

    Without the Rooney Rule in the NFL (and it’s Major League Baseball counterpart begun in 1999) the head coaches in pro football would be about as diverse as they are in Division I/BCS football. The last I looked it was 3 out of 117 head coaches that were minorities there.

    Someday there will be no need for a Rooney Rule. But that day is not here yet. For those who fail to grasp that then all I can say is go back to watching Springer and posting on Ron Paul fanboy sites.

  18. it’s a good move for the chiefs…

    i hope they do the same thing in Cleveland – with Dick Jauron or Ray Rhodes taking over for a not ready to be HC Pat Shurmur

  19. In related news, the KC Chiefs have changed their name to the…..

    Kansas City Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda’s

    The Broncos did something yesterday the Chiefs haven’t done in 19 years – they won a playoff game.

  20. To those stating the “Rooney rule”, the chiefs interviewed a lot of canidates, including the GB OC, Fischer, Brian Schottenheimer, Josh McDaniels, and Del Rio.

  21. Here’s a question… will we now see Mangini in KC as the D Coordinator installing Romeo’s defenses? And possibly the promotion of Zorn to Offensive coordinator?

  22. While the Browns were a mess before Crennel came to Cleveland, he didn’t exactly set the world on fire as their coach either. No doubt that Phil Savage was a really bad GM too. Leave it to the Browns to go from Crennel to Mangini to Shumur. Terrible to even worse to just doesn’t have a frigging clue. You cannot argue with a man had a Coors light commerical and 10-6 record in 2007! Good Luck KC ! The last Browns coach you hired worked out pretty well for you.

  23. Jan 9, 2012 11:42 AM
    To those stating the “Rooney rule”, the chiefs interviewed a lot of canidates, including the GB OC, Fischer, Brian Schottenheimer, Josh McDaniels, and Del Rio.

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    Plus wouldn’t Del Rio be a minority candidate? I think Hispanic descent qualifies.

  24. sixaspadz says: Jan 9, 2012 11:08 AM

    Didn’t we see Romeo as a head coach before? Cleveland? He is a great D cord but that’s the limit for him — I’m a Browns fan and I saw him lose that team within the first 3 weeks. Bad move KC, bad move.
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    The last time Browns’ fans made that call was when the Patriots hired BB. That hasn’t been too bad of a move.

  25. Let me remind you that Crennel once called a Time out to decide if he wanted to challenge a play….then lost the challenge, costing two TO’s. We ended up losing a close game afterrunning out of time on our last drive….

  26. I think they “settled” if you know what I mean. They interviewed 3 guys. Philbin, Fisher, and Del Rio and they knew all along they were going to settle on Romeo.

  27. wikidpissah says:
    Jan 9, 2012 12:24 PM
    sixaspadz says: Jan 9, 2012 11:08 AM

    Didn’t we see Romeo as a head coach before? Cleveland? He is a great D cord but that’s the limit for him — I’m a Browns fan and I saw him lose that team within the first 3 weeks. Bad move KC, bad move.
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    The last time Browns’ fans made that call was when the Patriots hired BB. That hasn’t been too bad of a move.

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    Now all Romeo has to do is find a reliable cameraman to be his wingman on the sidelines.

  28. Crennel did a GOOD job in cleveland, he drafted QUALITY players, built a decent team, and got screwed over by idiot city who listens to the fans too much. He made DEREK ANDERSON a PRO BOWLER for effin sake. seriously, the guy is a GOOD head coach and deserves another shot, nobody could have turned around that abysmal cleveland franchize in less than 6 years, PERIOD

  29. Will RAC let “kids run around with their shoes off” again? That sad quote summed up his ability as a HC. I like the guy, but he lets players walk all over him.

  30. itsmebod…..RAC didnt draft anyone. Phil Savage was the GM. Maybe once you have your facts straight, your opinion might count for something.

  31. Kansas City front office is going to see an influx of Christmas presents next year from their AFC West rivals.

    Terrible hire. None….and I repeat none…of Belichick’s coaching tree from NE have worked out as HC in the NFL.

    1. Crennel – Fired in Cleveland

    2. McDaniels – Fired in Denver

    3. Mangini – Fired in NY and Cleveland…Damn Cleveland

    There were better hires out their than Crennel. What about giving Russ Grimm a chance. And can’t be any worse.

  32. Absolutely the right move for the Chiefs. After the reach for the next young talent that was made with Haley, this hire absolutely had to be an established NFL coach with a track record of success as either an HC or a coordinator (or both).

    The only candidates that fit the bill were Fisher, Cowher and RAC. Cowher doesn’t want to get back in yet and Fisher didn’t want the job.

    The choice of OC will be huge but I’m already looking forward to next season.

    Congrats, Romeo!!

  33. AFC West foes just let out a huge cheer.

    Install mediocre to bad coach with poor offensive game-plan………CHECK

  34. itsmebobd says:
    Jan 9, 2012 1:32 PM
    Crennel did a GOOD job in cleveland, he drafted QUALITY players, built a decent team, and got screwed over by idiot city who listens to the fans too much. He made DEREK ANDERSON a PRO BOWLER for effin sake. seriously, the guy is a GOOD head coach and deserves another shot, nobody could have turned around that abysmal cleveland franchize in less than 6 years, PERIOD

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  35. Good for Romeo!! He did a nice job in Cleveland, almost winning the division for them. Not sure what went wrong there. God bless them, something always seems to go wrong there.

  36. rayvens says:
    Jan 9, 2012 11:08 AM
    Nothing against Crennel, but has there ever been an interim head coach that worked out?
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    Jeff Fisher was an interim coach that worked out for the Oilers/Titans. He was the longest then-current tenured coach at the time of his firing, and right now he seems to be the hottest coaching candidate in this year’s crop of openings.

  37. It doesn’t really matter who the Chiefs hire as there hc. The simple fact is the Hunts could care less about fielding an elite team. No matter what happens they know Arrowhead will be packed whether the Chiefs are good or bad due to the fact they are the only game in town. There is no competition for pro sports dollars in the area so its a virtual monopoly for the Hunt family. No pro basketball, a perpetual loser in baseball and no other NFL teams within 4 hours in any direction. I wish Romeo the best of luck, but save for old Marty, very few coaches leave KC and get another HC gig.

  38. rayvens says: Jan 9, 2012 11:08 AM

    Nothing against Crennel, but has there ever been an interim head coach that worked out? A few come to mind;

    Michael Singletary
    Jason Garrett
    Leslie Frazier
    Raheem Morris
    Cable (Oakland)
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    Looks like your memory goes back about maybe two years and it’s not even that good (Morris was never’t an interim coach)

    How about:
    Wayne Fontes
    Jeff Fisher
    Marty Schottenheimer
    Bill Parcells

    To answer your question, it’s a crap shoot and probably has more to do with ability, and the roster than whether they ever served as an interim coach before.

  39. Not a “sexy” pick, by any form of the word “sexy”, but Romeo won me over in the three games that he coached. The team was very competetive, and responded to him quite well.

    Looking forward to seeing what kind of team he puts on the field next year and beyone.

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