In the wake of Sunday’s 28-6 loss to the Bengals, Charles said he feels bad for the coach because he feels the players aren’t performing up to their capabilities. Charles also believes the team would be making a mistake if they were to fire Crennel after giving him only one year to succeed.
“I don’t know what the outcome is, what you’re going to get if you keep on changing head coaches and changing head coaches,” Charles said, via Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star. “If you keep doing that, he can’t get the right players here. I feel if you stay with one system and continue to get players, I feel you can be successful. If (Crennel) is here for one year, you just can’t kick him out because he’s not having a good year. Let him get his stuff together and have a couple of years, then we can have a successful year.”
There’s definitely something to be said for not changing coaches so often that you wind up with four in six years, which is where the Chiefs would be if they move on from Crennel after this season. Having said that, Crennel’s track record is long enough across his two head coaching jobs to have a pretty good idea about what you’re getting with him as the man in charge. His record is 27-50 and the Chiefs are showing no signs of progress as this year unfolds.
Charles may be right that the players are a bigger problem than the coach, but that record and an increasingly hostile fan base should guarantee a new direction from the executive suite down through the roster in 2013.