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

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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.

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  1. vegaskid21 says: Jan 9, 2012 11:03 AM

    Cool – Good for Romeo

  2. yelix says: Jan 9, 2012 11:05 AM

    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.

  3. bigjdve says: Jan 9, 2012 11:05 AM

    Good for him.

    I hope he does better then most fired coaches do.

  4. rambo08 says: Jan 9, 2012 11:06 AM

    Good for Romeo. Always liked the guy. A class act.

  5. benh999 says: Jan 9, 2012 11:07 AM

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

  6. tjacks7 says: Jan 9, 2012 11:07 AM

    I hope they interviewed a white guy and/or another minority group before he was hired.

  7. opbilly says: Jan 9, 2012 11:07 AM

    did they interview anyone else as per “rooney rule”?

  8. thetooloftools says: Jan 9, 2012 11:07 AM

    Good Luck Romeo ! People in Cleveland loved you but the front office was a mess.

  9. 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)

  10. 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.

  11. raven410 says: Jan 9, 2012 11:08 AM

    Good for Romey Rome!

  12. chiefforlife says: Jan 9, 2012 11:08 AM

    I like this!
    Romeo was the right choice at the right time. I just hope he gets a really good OC.

  13. austrianpanther says: Jan 9, 2012 11:09 AM

    Romeo, oh Romeo, where are thou Romeo??
    Kansas City must be burning!!

  14. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 9, 2012 11:09 AM

    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.

  15. tatatoothy says: Jan 9, 2012 11:10 AM

    I love Crennel as a defensive coordinator, but if I’m a fan of the Chiefs, I don’t know that I love this decision.

  16. j0esixpack says: Jan 9, 2012 11:10 AM

    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.

  17. test2402 says: Jan 9, 2012 11:10 AM

    Hope he enjoys getting beat by Tim Tebow.

  18. czechm8d says: Jan 9, 2012 11:11 AM

    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.

  19. mikeeg says: Jan 9, 2012 11:12 AM

    This is GREAT news….

    Signed,
    RAIDA FAN

  20. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 9, 2012 11:13 AM

    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

  21. golonger says: Jan 9, 2012 11:14 AM

    LOL…….’cause he did such a great job in Cleveland. Scratch off the Chiefs for a few years!!!!!!

  22. hit2hurt says: Jan 9, 2012 11:15 AM

    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.

  23. jimmysimpson55 says: Jan 9, 2012 11:16 AM

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

  24. brownstain says: Jan 9, 2012 11:17 AM

    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.”

  25. realitypolice says: Jan 9, 2012 11:18 AM

    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.

  26. dgforreal says: Jan 9, 2012 11:19 AM

    Nice. I’ll be rooting for the guy.

  27. almighty1 says: Jan 9, 2012 11:23 AM

    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?

  28. kevpft says: Jan 9, 2012 11:23 AM

    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.

  29. riverhorsey says: Jan 9, 2012 11:24 AM

    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.

  30. ampats says: Jan 9, 2012 11:24 AM

    Congratulations RAC. Good move for the Chiefs!

  31. djteknision1200 says: Jan 9, 2012 11:25 AM

    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?

  32. clintonportisheadd says: Jan 9, 2012 11:26 AM

    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.

  33. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 9, 2012 11:28 AM

    @hit2hurt

    Whites ARE the minority now

  34. lbcoach34 says: Jan 9, 2012 11:30 AM

    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

  35. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Jan 9, 2012 11:31 AM

    Best news Kyle Orton has heard all year.

  36. fishtank86 says: Jan 9, 2012 11:35 AM

    If the mountains are blue… Grab 2!

  37. sullijo1 says: Jan 9, 2012 11:41 AM

    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.

  38. mrgdawg says: 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.

  39. chiefforlife says: Jan 9, 2012 11:49 AM

    test2402 says: Jan 9, 2012 11:10 AM

    Hope he enjoys getting beat by Tim Tebow.

    He beat Tebow, last week. Genius.

  40. billsfan27 says: Jan 9, 2012 11:51 AM

    Great hire for Chiefs.

  41. jfd117 says: Jan 9, 2012 12:05 PM

    Romeo seems like a great guy. Nice guys don’t usually do well. I’m wishing him all the best.

  42. kylehamer says: Jan 9, 2012 12:11 PM

    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?

  43. MikeHolmgren'sChins says: Jan 9, 2012 12:12 PM

    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.

  44. bullybirds says: Jan 9, 2012 12:16 PM

    Good Luck Romeo,

    Can’t base his success from the stint in Cleveland. No coach succeeds there for the most part.

  45. golonger says: Jan 9, 2012 12:18 PM

    Chiefs are a pathetic franchise!

  46. CKL says: Jan 9, 2012 12:21 PM

    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.

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

  47. wawa33 says: Jan 9, 2012 12:22 PM

    Romeo, Romeo, where for art thou Romeo? In Kansas City?

  48. 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.
    ——————————————–

    The last time Browns’ fans made that call was when the Patriots hired BB. That hasn’t been too bad of a move.

  49. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 9, 2012 12:24 PM

    Good luck RAC !

    I think he’ll do a lot better in KC than he did with Cleveland.

  50. joecleve says: Jan 9, 2012 12:29 PM

    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….

  51. chuckxx says: Jan 9, 2012 12:35 PM

    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.

  52. golonger says: Jan 9, 2012 12:36 PM

    Rooney Rule = Affirmative Action aka racism!!!!!!!

  53. thelomasbrowns says: Jan 9, 2012 12:42 PM

    Nothing against Crennel, but has there ever been an interim head coach that worked out?
    —————————————
    A: WAYNE FONTES!!!

  54. bozosforall says: Jan 9, 2012 1:01 PM

    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.
    ——————————————–

    The last time Browns’ fans made that call was when the Patriots hired BB. That hasn’t been too bad of a move.

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

  55. glac1 says: Jan 9, 2012 1:31 PM

    congratulations…but it is KC so the price must have been right for the organization.

  56. 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

  57. jackblackshairyback says: Jan 9, 2012 1:41 PM

    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.

  58. jackblackshairyback says: Jan 9, 2012 1:43 PM

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

  59. jckid21 says: Jan 9, 2012 2:07 PM

    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.

  60. blogatron2000 says: Jan 9, 2012 2:14 PM

    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!!

  61. JSpicoli says: Jan 9, 2012 2:15 PM

    AFC West foes just let out a huge cheer.

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

  62. JSpicoli says: Jan 9, 2012 2:17 PM

    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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  63. Deb says: Jan 9, 2012 2:56 PM

    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.

  64. enutpenfry says: Jan 9, 2012 3:00 PM

    rayvens says:
    Jan 9, 2012 11:08 AM
    Nothing against Crennel, but has there ever been an interim head coach that worked out?
    ———————
    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.

  65. kingcarlbanks says: Jan 9, 2012 3:41 PM

    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.

  66. awestcave says: Jan 9, 2012 5:12 PM

    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)
    ————————————
    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.

  67. weskcfan says: Jan 9, 2012 10:02 PM

    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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