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Romeo Crennel plans to take on coordinator role

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Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel doesn’t need to hire a defensive coordinator because he will likely handle the role himself.

Appearing on SiriusXM with Alex Marvez and Jim Miller, Chiefs G.M. Scott Pioli indicated that Crennel wants to run his defense.

“I’m not sure if he stated it publicly, but I get the sense Romeo wants to be the coordinator on defense,” Pioli said. “I don’t know if he’s made the absolute final decision, but I’m pretty sure that’s the way he wants to go.”

Marvez also reports the team will retain defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas. There were reports the Raiders were interested in Thomas. Pioli doesn’t see an issue with Crennel taking on multiple roles.

“Even if sometimes a head coach doesn’t say they’re coordinating something, we’re all able and smart enough to watch how things go. There are a lot of [head] coaches who run their offenses and defenses. I don’t think it’s that unique,” Pioli said.

Crennel will not running the Chiefs offense. We haven’t heard any candidates for that position, but former Dolphins offensive coordinator Brian Daboll would make a lot of sense because of his connections to Crennel and Pioli.

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14 Responses to “Romeo Crennel plans to take on coordinator role”
  1. yelix says: Jan 28, 2012 10:43 AM

    Makes sense. That defense has looked near-elite at times under Crennel. With Eric Berry back, things should be interesting.

  2. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Jan 28, 2012 10:47 AM

    Not sure that’s such a good idea. Crennel’s HC experience is pretty limited and he should be devoting his full-time attention to learning from his mistakes in Cleveland. He needs to learn how to coordinate the entire project. That’s plenty.

  3. biglebronski says: Jan 28, 2012 10:50 AM

    I don’t see how Daboll would be a good idea.

  4. realitypolice says: Jan 28, 2012 10:50 AM

    Daboll would make a lot of sense except that he’s terrible.

    They could keep with their retread theme and hire Brian Billick or Jim Fassel as OC.

  5. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 28, 2012 11:35 AM

    Sandra Lee’s Cans says:
    Jan 28, 2012 10:47 AM
    Not sure that’s such a good idea. Crennel’s HC experience is pretty limited and he should be devoting his full-time attention to learning from his mistakes in Cleveland. He needs to learn how to coordinate the entire project. That’s plenty.

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    The mistake(s) he made in Cleveland was accepting the job in the first place. NOBODY can win in that pathetic organization. The best thing that happened to him there was getting let go so he caould flee.

  6. tatum064 says: Jan 28, 2012 12:02 PM

    thatobnoxiousguy says:
    Jan 28, 2012 11:35 AM
    Sandra Lee’s Cans says:
    Jan 28, 2012 10:47 AM
    Not sure that’s such a good idea. Crennel’s HC experience is pretty limited and he should be devoting his full-time attention to learning from his mistakes in Cleveland. He needs to learn how to coordinate the entire project. That’s plenty.

    *****************************************
    The mistake(s) he made in Cleveland was accepting the job in the first place. NOBODY can win in that pathetic organization. The best thing that happened to him there was getting let go so he could flee.
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    Could be Belichick all over again. He also left Cleveland for his second coaching stint – will be interesting if they discover a star already on the team in Ricky Stanzi.

  7. chuckxx says: Jan 28, 2012 12:16 PM

    The Chiefs ranked 31st last season in scoring. Only the lowly Rams scored less points than the Chiefs. The Chiefs averaged a miserable 13 points a game. Now having said that I cannot empathasize enough how IMPORTANT THE OC JOB IS. If they don’t get the right OC in there we are doomed for another season. God I hope Pioli is smart enough to figure that out. Iam fearful they will go the CHEAP route like they usually do and promote from “within”. That seems to be their reputation. Doing things on the CHEAP.

  8. patsfiend says: Jan 28, 2012 12:23 PM

    He’ll probably hire an assistant no-name who you’ll see on the sideline, to help him out, even though Romeo will make the final calls. That seems to be the Belichick way (since Crennel and Weis left.)

  9. anrgydeafman says: Jan 28, 2012 1:01 PM

    I haven’t been this excited about the Chiefs’ defense since the Derrick Thomas era and I have to credit Crennel for that.

    That’s why I don’t mind if he have HC and DC duties as long as they find a competent OC to make this team truly great.

    By the way, who would have succeed under “GM” Savage?

  10. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 28, 2012 1:03 PM

    @chuckx

    Keep in mind that Jaamal Charles and Moeaki missed the season and Cassel missed a good portion.

  11. jackybadass says: Jan 28, 2012 2:00 PM

    This guy will take the Chiefs to the promised land! The division will be kc’s for years to come! oakland back to last place were you belong!

  12. frankdatank23 says: Jan 28, 2012 3:26 PM

    realitypolice says: Jan 28, 2012 10:50 AM

    Daboll would make a lot of sense except that he’s terrible.

    They could keep with their retread theme and hire Brian Billick or Jim Fassel as OC.
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    You dont know jack about what your talking about, as usual………….

    Daboll did alot of nice things in Miami last year…. What happened to Cleveland without him ?

  13. ampats says: Jan 28, 2012 3:29 PM

    I think RAC will make a good HC this time around. Hopefully, Pioli can provide him with the talent to win which he didn’t get in Cleveland.

  14. jpb12 says: Jan 28, 2012 5:55 PM

    Romeo told Gannon & Schein that he’d be the DC last month. This is not news.

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