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Chiefs fire Romeo Crennel, not Scott Pioli

Romeo Crennel AP

As expected, the Kansas City Chiefs are firing head coach Romeo Crennel but not firing General Manager Scott Pioli today.

We noted on Sunday that the talk in league circles was that Crennel was gone but Pioli was not, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday morning that that’s exactly the situation in Kansas City: The Chiefs will announce today that Crennel is out, but they won’t fire Pioli, at least not yet.

The Chiefs earned the first overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft with this year’s 2-14 record, so Crennel’s firing is no surprise. The big question facing Chiefs owner Clark Hunt is whether he wants to entrust Pioli with the decision of how to use that first overall pick, which will go a long way toward shaping the Chiefs’ rebuilding effort.

Crennel has had some success as an NFL defensive coordinator, but his head coaching record is 28-55. At age 65, this was surely Crennel’s last chance to be a head coach in the NFL. The 47-year-old Pioli may not be done just yet.

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24 Responses to “Chiefs fire Romeo Crennel, not Scott Pioli”
  1. nesuperfan says: Dec 31, 2012 9:17 AM

    I know we have Matt Patricia as a defensive coordinator, but it would be interesting if Romeo came back to the Patriots as DC. I think that would be an upgrade.

  2. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 31, 2012 9:17 AM

    Cold as ice, willing to sacrifice… damn.

  3. hankstramjr says: Dec 31, 2012 9:18 AM

    Unacceptable Clark. Until Pioli is gone, your fan base has left!

  4. ketelwon says: Dec 31, 2012 9:20 AM

    Wow what a joke….how many coaches does Pioli get to hire before he assumes responsibility for what a horrible franchise they are?
    Looks like it’s gonna be a long dry run for Chiefs fans….looks like Guy Hunt is gagging on that silver spoon he inherited.

  5. ketelwon says: Dec 31, 2012 9:21 AM

    Wow what a joke….how many coaches does Pioli get to hire before he assumes responsibility for what a horrible franchise they are?
    Looks like it’s gonna be a long dry run for Chiefs fans….looks like Clark Hunt is gagging on that silver spoon he inherited.

  6. jbal823 says: Dec 31, 2012 9:21 AM

    you gotta be kidding me. how is pioli not gone as well? thanks for ruining our future clark hunt smh

  7. wethog66 says: Dec 31, 2012 9:22 AM

    The Chiefs did send 7 to the pro-bowl didn’t they? So based on that it would seem the Chiefs piss poor record is due to coaching and not personnel.

    Regardless, both should of gotten fired. Wonder when Wilbon and/or Whitlock will turn this into a racial issue.

  8. jakec4 says: Dec 31, 2012 9:22 AM

    Matt Cassel 6 years/63 million/ 28 million guaranteed/ 40.5 million in his first three years. That contract was worked out after trading a second round pick to New England. This has been Pioli’s legacy so far in KC.

  9. isphet71 says: Dec 31, 2012 9:23 AM

    Pioli has gotten some talented guys, but the Matt Cassel decision is so rotten that it ruins the whole dinner.

    If you don’t have a QB, you don’t have a team. Just like the Jets.

  10. pacodawg says: Dec 31, 2012 9:24 AM

    What did Pioli see in Romeo to give him a head coaching job anyway? Unbelievable, Pioli should be gone based on his ridicuolus coaching hire.

  11. bucsfan5000 says: Dec 31, 2012 9:32 AM

    Romeo’s not exactly sure why.

  12. jagsfan1 says: Dec 31, 2012 9:38 AM

    Romeo had his chance – it needed to be done and arrogant overrated Pioli needs to go too.

  13. sweepleft44 says: Dec 31, 2012 9:40 AM

    Just dandy. Clark has NO guts. I don’t know what Pioli has over Clark but get rid of him , we will support you. There is NO current or former NFL coach who will come to KC as long as Pioli is the GM. He wants someone who he can intimidate and push around then blame for the Chiefs failures. Pioli did NOT have final say on personnel decisions in New England, Belichick did and Pioli was a small part of the success. Pioli could NOT select a successful first round draft pick on his own if it were sitting at the draft table with him. Pioli refuses to admit his misses in draft picks and free agents (Matt Cassel) at the expense of fans and city of KC. He struts around the facility like he has done something…wait he has. He has conned Clark into keeping him and paying him as well as keeping track of a gum wrapper on the floor for four days.

  14. ravenmuscle says: Dec 31, 2012 9:42 AM

    With no qb even CLOSE to Andrew LUck or RGIII in this year’s draft the Chefs owning the number one pick gets them NOTHING. And quarterback is their HUGE need. Not even any Peyton Mannings available either.

    Of course there is always Charlie Batch.

  15. jimr10 says: Dec 31, 2012 9:46 AM

    Yes, this is hard to understand. The only draft selection that has worked out is Eric Berry.

  16. rajbais says: Dec 31, 2012 9:57 AM

    Crennel to New England as new DC.

  17. onlysane1intheroom says: Dec 31, 2012 10:03 AM

    Romeo is a great guy and witnessed an unspeakable tragedy…I wish him well.

  18. mgifford15 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:28 AM

    I wonder if crennel will sneak his way back to New England right before the playoffs as a “defensive advisor” such as mcdbag did last year

  19. onbucky96 says: Dec 31, 2012 11:19 AM

    Romeo got the job because he beat the previously unbeaten Packers. Don’t worry Chiefs fans, I’m sure you’ll draft a slug from LSU, AGAIN.

  20. yem123 says: Dec 31, 2012 11:25 AM

    So, Romeo is suffering the consequences of Piolis terrible decisions regarding Cassell.

  21. mmack66 says: Dec 31, 2012 11:39 AM

    No. Romeo is suffering the consequences of his own terrible decisions regarding being a coach.

  22. mazblast says: Dec 31, 2012 12:41 PM

    Someone, please point out to me ONE postivie accomplishment by Pioli in his tenure as the Cheifs’ GM. ONE.

    And yet guys from New England (Crennel, Pioli, McDaniels, Cheeseburger Charlie and his Decided Schematic Advantage) keep getting jobs. Discuss.

  23. coltzfan166 says: Dec 31, 2012 12:52 PM

    If Pioli stays, they’ll just hire Kirk Ferentz from Iowa and be mediocre at best.

  24. mrmafaka says: Dec 31, 2012 8:31 PM

    Romeo can coach, just not head coach, he needs to be monitored, he has shown he is diminished in the mental capacity required to be in charge, but as long as someone is looking over his shoulder, checking his work he can be productive

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