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Source confirms Crennel is on the Saints’ wish list


Sometimes, when something makes plenty of sense, it can make too much sense to happen.

In New Orleans, that may not be the case.

As Adam Schefter of ESPN has reported, former Browns and Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel is on the list to become the team’s next defensive coordinator.  Though Schefter reported that former Browns and Jets coach Eric Mangini also is under consideration, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that Crennel is higher on the wish list than Mangini.

Here’s why Crennel makes a lot of sense.  Apart from the fact that the Patriots haven’t won a Super Bowl since Crennel left, coach Sean Payton can trust Crennel not to do the kind of stuff that Gregg Williams did.

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31 Responses to “Source confirms Crennel is on the Saints’ wish list”
  1. keepingitrealdumb says: Jan 25, 2013 5:36 PM

    its about time someone mentioned how good of a DC this man was before he started doing all this HC stuff

  2. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 25, 2013 5:39 PM

    That would be a great hire for the Saints.

  3. bartlettruss says: Jan 25, 2013 5:42 PM

    This would be a great pickup.

  4. ampats says: Jan 25, 2013 5:49 PM

    RAC would be a great choice for the Saints. He is an outstanding DC.

    I have softened on Mangini the Rat as he is very likeable on ESPN. He was an good DC also albeit for one season.

  5. dalucks says: Jan 25, 2013 5:52 PM

    From spygate to bountygate. Can’t wait.

  6. xxwhodatxx says: Jan 25, 2013 5:53 PM

    Not to mention what coach or player could trust Mangini after he ratted on the Pats.

  7. seanpbeck says: Jan 25, 2013 5:59 PM

    Great defensive coach, better guy.

  8. greymares says: Jan 25, 2013 6:12 PM

    yes but can Crennel trust that PAYTON won’t do the stuff that he and Williams did ?

  9. chattanola says: Jan 25, 2013 6:23 PM

    Mangini says no one from the Saints organization has contacted him but the real question to him should be:

    Coach Mangini, has Bill Parcells contacted you recently to see how you feel about possibly coaching the Saints D?

  10. jimbo75025 says: Jan 25, 2013 6:29 PM

    Romeo is a good DC and an even better man. I doubt you would have to worry about him causing an NFL investigation. Far from a Saints fan, but after the debacle of last season this would be a good hire.

  11. justwannawinna says: Jan 25, 2013 6:30 PM

    Just as i thought the saints want romeo

  12. wwwfugu says: Jan 25, 2013 6:35 PM

    League source with no knowledge of the situation says Cernnell will become head coaoch of new teem in 2012 too be bast in nuu roshell you herd it firsttake it to tha bank sometimes it macks to much sence it make aloto sinse bookit.

  13. wtfchiefs says: Jan 25, 2013 6:44 PM

    Awesome dude, great DC. Saints fans would love this hire.

  14. prmpft says: Jan 25, 2013 6:52 PM

    WHY? if that gay jackass goodell would do the right thing – i’d hire williams again! read it fast boys – b/c the gay editors will delete it!!!

  15. johnclaytonsponytail says: Jan 25, 2013 7:25 PM

    Would love if he could recruit some players here too. We’re going to need them. Ahem Ed Reed. Line 1

  16. silentcount says: Jan 25, 2013 7:34 PM

    ESPN says anything and everything, hoping something might turn out to be true. Like throwing a handfull of darts and seeing if one sticks. Or sometimes, even a blind squirrel finds a nut.

  17. cags777 says: Jan 25, 2013 7:52 PM

    The Saints need integrity and good character on their coaching staff. Romeo Crennel would be an excellent hire.

  18. newelldesigns says: Jan 25, 2013 8:05 PM

    I wish that coach Romeo Crennel was still in Cleveland, he was well liked minus the front office. He is a great coach.. Hope he gets the Saints job.

  19. j0esixpack says: Jan 25, 2013 8:37 PM

    As Patriots fan I’ve generally forgiven Mangini for Spygate.

    Mangini knew that filming signal calling was, is and continues to be the norm (some clueless fans apparently don’t notice that even today coaches cover their mouths when calling in plays)

    Mangini did what any head coach should do – he notified the officials that the Patriots were in violation of a new rule that took effect the year before.

    Mangini never could have known that Goodell would have thrown the Patriots under the bus like he did, with Goodell acting like signal filming was somehow against the rules. That’s Goodell’s fault – not Mangini.

    Now stupid players and fans alike assert that the Patriots championships in 2001, 2003 & 2004 are tainted because they broke a new 2006 rule. Mangini has said he feels bad about that, but that’s Goodell’s fault – not his.

  20. redthomas25 says: Jan 25, 2013 8:42 PM

    Trustworthy? Wasn’t he a part of spygate at New England? Didn’t care to mention that.

  21. pettytom says: Jan 25, 2013 8:51 PM

    wwwfugu says:Jan 25, 2013 6:35 PM

    League source with no knowledge of the situation says Cernnell will become head coaoch of new teem in 2012 too be bast in nuu roshell you herd it firsttake it to tha bank sometimes it macks to much sence it make aloto sinse bookit.

    Not even sure what you are trying to say here. Grammar and spelling makes a BIG difference and yours was a FAIL, try again.

  22. magnus129 says: Jan 25, 2013 9:28 PM

    joesixpack–you are an impressive dude.

    I can’t say I’ve ever heard of a Pats fan that’s mellowed on Mangini but I have to admit, Eric Mangini is the victim of a huge double standard.

    Mike Martz seems widely disliked yet no one will confuse that with his not being able to coach offense.

    I think the same should hold true for Mangini. Whatever you think of him, he’s beaten Belichick somewhat convincingly the last two times out and he’s beaten some other very good coaches like he belongs in the league. The guy is only 42 years old. He’s got a lot of potential success yet.

  23. normswifevera says: Jan 25, 2013 9:48 PM

    Romeo is still a great defensive mind. He provided the defensive blueprint on how to beat the Packers last year, and while it’s less impressive because Ben got hurt, Steelers players were saying that defenses played them differently (and had more success) after they saw how KC played them this year.

    But his style of defense has become far too passive. The Chiefs have 5 defenders in Hawaii right now, so they obviously have talent. But they spent the last few years in this low-aggression, react-first system that did nobody any favors.

    The few times Romeo actually dialed up an aggressive game plan, the KC defense was legitimately good. But in 2012 it happened maybe twice all season.

  24. merrimanku says: Jan 25, 2013 11:17 PM

    I wish there was a way to keep Crennel in KC as coordinator but unfortunately that would be impossible. He didn’t have much luck coaching my Chiefs but he is still one of the best DC in the league. He’ll do well and I’ll stick to my prediction that the Saints will be in the SB next year. The last team in the league you want to have a chip on their shoulder.

  25. stiefert says: Jan 26, 2013 12:14 AM

    I am a Chiefs fan (ok, go ahead and laugh, smart guys) and I like Romeo Crennel.

    No, his HC time here wasn’t stellar. But I can see that he was dealt a tough hand with a bad GM, a team with some serious holes and an unforeseeable tragedy on his watch.

    But, I believe the man is a very talented DC and would do well in a good organization, like N.O.

    I hope the Saints hire him. It will be good for them and him. Good luck Coach Crennel!

  26. str8infamous says: Jan 26, 2013 1:08 AM

    Romeo is a great DC & great guy, but as a Bucs fan I don’t want to see him in our division!

  27. swagger52 says: Jan 26, 2013 1:10 AM

    Too bad his career is tainted over the illegal taping. He should be able to find a job at a CVS in Boston, they don’t care about the taping. Patriot fans love tucking and taping – whatever it takes.

  28. lvass76 says: Jan 26, 2013 1:30 AM

    I love it. Some coaches are just better as coordinators (Norv Turner). And I loved the way Romeo handled the press conference after the Belcher kid shot himself at the team’s complex. He is a very classy individual who did as good a job as one could in light of that horrible tragedy. He seems to be a man of integrity and always has a tough defense. Will Smith and Cam Jordan are bigger DE’s who can probably translate to 3-4 ends. Smith hasn’t rushed the passer all too well as of late. Martez Wilson and Junior Galette have decent speed as rushers but whether they can excel as starting OLBs in a 3-4 remains to be seen. Too bad Crennel can’t bring Tamba Hali and Houston with him. However, some of the best years the Saints’ D had was the 3-4 Dome Patrol era. And the 2 Super Bowl teams play the 3-4. Anyway, now is the time to make bold changes because this D was historically awful.

  29. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 26, 2013 2:37 AM

    Romeo is a salt of the earth kind of man that the saints would welcome after the Goodellgate scandal.

    greymares says:
    Jan 25, 2013 6:12 PM
    yes but can Crennel trust that PAYTON won’t do the stuff that he and Williams did ?
    I shouldn’t even dignify this with a response but ill entertain you…
    If you honestly think that after what happened this past year there is any chance of anything remotely foul going on again you’re a damn fool.

    The saints lost hundreds of thousands of dollars and had their names thrown in the mud. They’ll be the most pristine team in the league after this.

  30. bruinsfan1953 says: Jan 26, 2013 8:08 AM

    He needs to come back to the patriots. Wee need him very bad

  31. tavia47 says: Jan 26, 2013 2:09 PM

    The Falcant’s are sick because the Sheriff is back in town, Rody White should learn to keep his mouth shut and speak after the big dance.

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