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One thing was clear at the end of Romeo Crennel's interim period as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs this season: he was the clear player's choice in the locker room. And fans had warmed up to the idea as well after the team took down the mighty Green Bay Packers and even handled Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos at season's end. The Chiefs, in other words, showed signs of life against playoff teams, and that makes a major difference .
That was enough to give Crennel the job and others agree that they made the right move. The latest column from Seth Wickersham at ESPN points out the off-season coaching hires and Wickersham says the Chiefs made the best move they could have made in promoting from within.
Wickersham writes, "Like [Jeff] Fisher, Crennel is a so-called retread, which means that he's held a previous NFL head-coaching job. It's an undervalued trait. According to NYU, hires with previous NFL head-coaching experience win 57 percent of their regular-season games and 52 percent of their playoff games in their second jobs. It makes sense: Most coaches cannot be choosy their first time around and often walk into awful situations. (See: Cleveland.)
"But remember, they have to be good retreads. One of the most important factors in retreads was whether factors outside of their control reasonably contributed to their losing. NYU analyzed the win-loss records for each coach's team three years before his hiring and three years after his departure. It's safe to say that Crennel was not the only reason that the Cleveland Browns have lost; the Browns have won 14 games since he was fired. He was the best candidate the Chiefs could have hoped for."
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If the Kansas City Chiefs were ever truly interested in the services of Tom Clements as their own offensive coordinator, they apparently waited too late. Tom Clements was promoted to the offensive coordinator position with the Green Bay Packers yesterday, as announced by Adam Schefter, and the Chiefs are now left with an even smaller pack of candidates to choose from.
Clements had been rumored as a possibility over the last few weeks, but now it looks like Al Saunders of the Oakland Raiders and internal quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn are the two in play. Perhaps another could come from the Patriots and Giants after the Super Bowl, but other teams are likely thinking the same thing. Plus the Patriots tree has been plucked of most available fruit who would qualify.
The Chiefs decision should come soon and it’s hard to tell how they will choose. If Zorn does not get the job, it’s rumored he will walk. If that’s the case, the new offensive coordinator will have at least one position to fill.
On Tuesday, the Chiefs announced that they wouldn't renew the contracts of three assistants from the Todd Haley era -- special teams coach Steve Hoffman, WR coach Mike Anderson and assistant OL coach Bill Muir.
Hoffman has already been replaced with Tom McMahon, who held the special teams job in St. Louis for the last three seasons under Steve Spagnuolo.
It may take longer to fill Anderson and Muir's places, since Crennel, a defensive-minded coach, has yet to hire an offensive coordinator, the biggest hole remaining in his staff. Until he knows what type of offensive philosophy his new coordinator has, it will be tough for him to fill out the remainder of his offensive coaching staff.
For the latest news and notes on the Kansas City Chiefs off-season, head over to Arrowhead Pride.
The Kansas City Chiefs are finalizing their last pieces to their coaching staff puzzle, as they have announced on Monday of their hiring of Tom McMahon to serve as the club’s special teams coach. McMahon joins the Chiefs after a three years of services for the St. Louis Rams working as their special teams coordinator.
Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel on the hire of McMahon:
"I am pleased to add Tom to our staff," said Head Coach Romeo Crennel. "He is a diligent worker and passionate coach. It is a great addition for us."
McMahon on the opportunity to join Crennel's staff on Monday:
"I'm very blessed to have the opportunity to come to Kansas City and be a part of Romeo's staff," McMahon said. "Romeo and I have a shared vision of what it takes to win and I'm excited to get started."
McMahon’s previous prized work was his tutelage of the Rams' primary punt returner, Danny Amendola. Amendola led the NFL with 12 returns of 20-plus yards in 2009 and 2010 combined before his injury-ravaged season of 2011.
The Kansas City Chiefs still have not filled their offensive coordinator position, and fans are wondering when the day will finally arrive with even a hint of news. Unfortunately, the only news coming through comes after the fact, with the word dropped by Dan Pompei recently that the Chiefs were interested in now-Dolphins OC Mike Sherman. The former Texas A&M head coach was formerly with the Green Bay Packers and Pompei said the Chiefs were just one of several teams interested in Sherman’s services.
Pompei writes, “The Dolphins are fortunate to have landed Mike Sherman as their offensive coordinator. Sherman could have had a number of jobs, as teams that were interested in him included the Browns, Chiefs and Raiders. Sherman’s relationship with Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, and the fact he will have a say in some of the other assistants, steered him to Miami.”
Word is that Brian Daboll and Jim Zorn are among other possibilities.
The Kansas City Chiefs will look to carry over their end of year success on the defensive side of the ball into 2012, as general manager Scott Pioli said he expects newly installed head coach Romeo Crennel to double as the team’s defensive coordinator.
"I’m not sure if he stated it publicly, but I get the sense Romeo wants to be the coordinator on defense," Pioli said while attending the Senior Bowl. "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."
Crennel handled both duties for the final three games last season after replacing fired Chiefs coach Todd Haley. The Chiefs won two of their last three, including hanging the first loss on the undefeated and defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers on week 15. The Chiefs allowed just 11 points/game under Crennel's leadership.
Fans of the Kansas City Chiefs are primarily interested in one thing at this point in the off-season: who is going to be the team’s next offensive coordinator? The reason is that the position and who fills it means a lot for what the team will do with the rest of their off-season on offense. Draft picks and free agent targets will all be selected with the offensive schemes of the OC in mind, so the hire is a major one for Romeo Crennel’s first year as the permanent head coach.
Mike Lombardi says the Chiefs could go with the familiar Jim Zorn, the team’s current quarterbacks coach, or they could step outside with Brian Daboll, a face that both Scottt Pioli and Romeo Crennel know quite well.
“When the Chiefs hired Crennel as their head coach, everyone was happy, from the front office to the players,” writes Lombardi. " Crennel certainly won’t have as long a leash as Fisher — he’ll have to show significant progress in the next two years. He does have the full support of the front office at the outset, though, so the players know he is in charge. The key hire for Crennel will be who he chooses to become his offensive coordinator. Will it be Jim Zorn from the current staff or former Dolphins coordinator Brian Daboll?"
Daboll has been offensive coordinator the last three season with the Cleveland Browns and the Miami Dolphins. Those teams are definitely bottom feeders in recent years, so that’s not an inspiring stamp of approval. But it’s also likely that if he’s hired, the team would know exactly what he is capable of since they worked with him in New England where Daboll was an assistant from 2000 to 2006.
It would not be surprising in the least if the Chiefs stick with the men that they know and bring in Daboll to helm the offense. Then again, everything is so secretive that it’s impossible to tell what they will do at this point.
Jeff Fisher’s hiring got all of the praise. Greg Schiano is getting all of the criticism. Somewhere in between, Kansas City Chiefs fans would figure that Romeo Crennel would land somewhere in the middle in terms of perception of new coaching hires. However, Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated says that the Chiefs made the single greatest coaching hire of the off-season with their promotion of interim head coach Romeo Crennel to permanent status.
That’s surprising since Crennel is not the sexy name for sure. His last go around in Cleveland left something to be desired, and other teams reached for promising young hires left and right. Yet Burke says that Crennel’s steady qualities are what qualifies him to earn Burke’s best grade of all coaching hires at an “A-”.
Yes, I’m well aware that Crennel finished 16 games under .500 (24-40) during four years in Cleveland. I am also aware that he didn’t exactly have a stacked deck to work with there — in his tenure, Trent Dilfer, Charlie Frye, Derek Anderson, Brady Quinn and Bruce Gradkowski all started at quarterback.
Crennel’s brief stint as Kansas City’s interim head coach was impressive, with wins over then-undefeated Green Bay and at Denver in Week 17. Those performances alone aren’t enough to guarantee Crennel has success going forward, but the reason this is a great hire is that it goes the exact opposite direction of Todd Haley. Between his unusual sideline personality and clashes with GM Scott Pioli, Haley walked the tightrope his entire tenure.
Crennel has full support in the Chiefs’ locker room, experience as a head coach and a smart defensive-minded approach. His second go-round leading a team should be better than his first.
The situation is “fluid.” That’s the term used by Scott Pioli in a recent interview to describe the Kansas City Chiefs situation at offensive coordinator. While other teams determine a set list of candidates and go to work on that list to determine the “winner”, Pioli is apparently still unsettled in the process and is willing to take his time to help Romeo Crennel find his offensive right hand.
Joel Thorman at Arrowhead Pride has the quotes from Pioli’s interview on Sirius radio, “From the offensive coordinator position, we’re talking internally, we’re talking externally,” Pioli said. “There’s a lot of moving parts here as you know right now because even though there’s been a lot of changes there are a lot of people remaining under contract with other teams that…they don’t have to necessarily give you permission if they don’t want. So it’s still fluid right now.”
This implies a lot about the situation and specifically that they might not even know who they can or cannot place on their candidate list. While it’s not said, it stands to reason that there’s at least one candidate in mind who they are unsure if they can even interview.
If that’s true, then the reason the Chiefs might not be moving forward is that they don’t want to settle for Plan B if they don’t have to. Let’s say, for example, that Maurice Carthon or Jim Zorn is a possibility for the position, but those guys are already in-house and under contract. So there’s no reason to move as quickly as other teams. While fans are frustrated, this means that Pioli is still holding out for a favorite candidate who hasn’t been given permission to leave his current team (or is in a holding pattern himself for unknown reasons).
Of course, this is all speculation, but it makes sense that Pioli can take his time knowing there’s at least someone he feels good about already on staff. Whether that will please Chiefs fans is another story, but Pioli’s quote seems to point to a Plan A that isn’t a known quantity at this point. Perhaps that’s someone with the Pats or Giants or it’s someone currently unavailable with another team.
The Kansas City Chiefs have been watching and waiting. At least that’s how it feels. For many Chiefs fans, the biggest question about their team right now has to do with the hole at offensive coordinator. Since Romeo Crennel was hired to lead the team as their new head coach, that places a significant emphasis on the offensive coordinator position to be the man to lead the Chiefs with dynamic playmakers like Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe. But so far, nothing much of interest has come out of Arrowhead Drive.
Usually that silence means that the man that they want is still involved with another club. Scott Pioli did this the last time around to get his man Todd Haley from the Arizona Cardinals, who were playing in that year’s Super Bowl in 2009 (for the 2008 season). Fans of the Chiefs might be forced to wait again if Pioli is wanting to raid the Patriots or the Giants for his next OC.
However, if he is interested, two more teams now have been flushed out of the postseason and the Baltimore Ravens are reportedly not interested in bringing their offensive coordinator of the last four seasons back for yet another round. Cam Cameron is likely being let go by John Harbaugh and the longtime OC would know what it takes to run an offense after doing so for years in Baltimore and also with the San Diego Chargers.
Again, there is no report coming out of Arrowhead to confirm this in any way. At this point, the only thing any of us can do is guess who Pioli and Crennel have their eyes upon. But Cameron has been an impressive coordinator for some time around the NFL. Perhaps he’s the one we’ve been waiting for.
After days of wondering who the next offensive coordinator will be, Pro Football Weekly might have at least something of an idea to help narrow down a guess when they reflect on the situation in this week’s Whispers column from around the NFL. While an in-house candidate like Jim Zorn is technically a possibility, instead, they point to the teams left standing for the Super Bowl title.
“A source told PFW that the Chiefs are staying tight-lipped about the search for an offensive coordinator, maybe indicating they want to interview a coach whose team is still alive in the playoffs. Hiring a coach who can be a good tutor to the quarterbacks would benefit the team, as it seems to excel when Matt Cassel is playing his best. Jim Zorn, who was the team’s QB coach last season, did some good things in 2011, but the source said he is “a bit of an oddball” and not likely to be promoted to coordinator."
That leaves members of the Giants, 49ers, Ravens and Patriots to choose from.
The Kansas City Chiefs are being quite cautious and silent when it comes to revealing any possibilities for the team’s offensive coordinator opening. Various names have been thrown out in articles (such as this), but that’s only because it is impossible to get a solid read on who Romeo Crennel and the rest of the Chiefs brass might be interested in. Once Josh McDaniels went to the Patriots, the rest has been a round of guess work that hasn’t revealed anything of substance.
We are left, then, with only conjecture as our friend to try to ascertain the next Chiefs offensive coordinator. One name earning some attention from the Tampa Bay Bucs makes sense for the Chiefs as well in the Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements. While the Bucs are considering Clements to be their next head coach, that would be quite a jump for a guy who’s been monitoring the Packers’ quarterbacks the last five seasons. Still offensive coordinator is a position he’d be ready for and it’s actually something he has a history with.
Clements was already OC for the Buffalo Bills back in 2004-05 before joining the Packers’ staff. While that ultimately didn’t work out, it shows that he has experience and should know what to expect. As for his recent body of work, his associated with Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers and now Matt Flynn bode well for Clements’ chances to move up the NFL’s food chain if he so desired.
Ideally, Clements would be a great hire for a team who planned on bringing in Matt Flynn as well, but the Dolphins might be thinking the same thing with their hire of Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin. Clements might be earning a head coach interview with the Bucs, but that’s not a position he will likely get, unless the Bucs want to surprise everyone as much as they did with the Raheem Morris move three years ago.
Instead, it shows much respect people around the league have for Clements, and the Chiefs have the space for him to move up. Whether there’s any interest on either side is a complete guess.
Former Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley was rumored as a candidate to join the New York Jets offensive coaching staff under new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano but according to a report by the New York Daily News, is no longer a candidate.
The Daily News has learned that barring an eleventh-hour course reversal, Todd Haley will not be joining the Jets' coaching staff. Haley, who was fired by the Chiefs after Week 14, interviewed for an offensive staff position last week.
There was speculation that Haley would team up with new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, who coached with him in Dallas, but it doesn't appear that that will happen now. A source told the News that the Jets and Haley came to "a mutual decision" in recent days.
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The axe has fallen again, and yet another NFL head coach finds himself searching for gainful employment with the announcement from the Indianapolis Colts that Jim Caldwell has been fired from the team. Certainly any team with the first overall choice in the NFL Draft has to consider firing their head coach — or at least someone — but there’s no denying the lack of talent the Colts have in several places. Could someone else have succeeded? It’s hard to tell. Either way, Caldwell is now looking for a new place to work.
The Kansas City Chiefs, meanwhile, are looking for a new offensive coordinator to work with another steady, silent coach in Romeo Crennel. The Chiefs have interviewed a few possibilities, but it’s hard to tell which direction they’re going to go in. Caldwell, meanwhile, would bring head coaching experience to the team as well as vast experience as a quarterbacks coach for the Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Caldwell also has considerable college experience with a head coaching tenure at Wake Forest and years coaching quarterbacks and wideouts for schools like Penn State, Louisville and Colorado.
There’s no way of knowing where Caldwell will go at this point since his former head coach is now retired. He’s been with the Colts since 2002, so his ties are there. Perhaps if the Polian clans lands somewhere else, Caldwell could go with them. But the Chiefs have an open slot and Caldwell has an extensive offensive background to consider with a 26-22 record as an NFL head coach.
Make sure to check out Stampede Blue for more reaction to the Colts firing of Jim Caldwell.
A familiar face is the latest possibility brought up to be the Kansas City Chiefs next offensive coordinator, and it's one that would definitely make many Chiefs fans excited to see him again. Al Saunders led the Chiefs offense through some of its most prolific seasons and Mark Finocchio says its time the Chiefs thought about bringing him in again to restart an offense that's clearly the weak link for the team in 2011.
The Chiefs were among the top five offenses in football for five of Saunders' seasons, including No. 1 overall in yardage twice. Last year the Raiders were a top 10 team under Saunders and he did the same with the Redskins. Its' clear that Saunders' offenses are complicated, but they also work.
"It is clear to me that Al Saunders has experienced success at nearly every one of his coaching stops as the offensive coordinator or consultant," writes Finocchio. "Except for the 2008 anomaly in his record with St. Louis, Saunders has always been in the top half of the league for offense and in five of the last ten seasons he had a top 5 offense including two seasons with the number one offense.
"The Chiefs would do well to consider Saunders for offensive coordinator," he continues. "With Carl Peterson no longer calling the shots, the path is clear for Saunders return. Scott Pioli and Romeo Crennel could see the emergence of the best offense in the NFL with a clear winner in Al Saunders."
There are several veteran names still out there vying for coordinator or even head coaching gigs in the NFL, and some notable names remain on the open market. Mike Martz is a popular name when mentioning offensive coordinator openings, and Brad Childress is another veteran coach. It’s possible that one could be the right fit for the Kansas City Chiefs — at least that’s what Dan Flaherty believes.
He writes, “Childress, on the other hand, oversaw successful offenses in Philadelphia as a coordinator. And his tenure at Minnesota was marked by one year where he managed to make the playoffs exclusively behind the running of Adrian Peterson and another where he almost made the Super Bowl behind the arm of Brett Favre. Childress was also the coordinator on the Wisconsin Badgers’ 1993 Rose Bowl team, where UW broke through and began to mark itself as a consistent Big Ten power. Whatever Childress’ flaws as a head coach, there can be no question of his ability to oversee half of a team.”
That’s an interesting proposition considering that Flaherty has a point about Childress’ talent. His final year in Minnesota was a mess, but before that, Childress’ teams were almost always in the top half of the NFL in total points and yards. He even had four top 10 finishes in this last nine seasons in total yardage.
The Chiefs certainly have the dynamic offensive weapons any coordinator would love to get their hands on. The Chiefs will likely bolster the offensive line with their first round pick, and with playmakers like Jamaal Charles, Tony Moeaki, Steve Breaston, Jon Baldwin, Dexter McCluster and possibly Dwayne Bowe in the fold (if he resigns), then the Chiefs are loaded all around. While quarterback remains a mystery, an efficient veteran like Matt Cassel has proven to get the job done before and could do so again.
Former Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley has been linked to an offensive assistant position with the Arizona Cardinals, and now according to Adam Schein of Fox Sports he's linked to the New York Jets. via Adam Schein's twitter page.
@AdamScheinAdam ScheinTodd Haley will have lengthy meeting with Rex, Tannenbaum, and Sparano today in Florham Park.
I couldn't think of a more entertaining group of coaches to watch on Hard Knock's next season than Rex Ryan, Tony Sparano and Todd Haley. Because Sparano was already hired as offensive coordinator, it would seem that Haley would be taking a wide receivers/passing game position with the Jets and Sparano could focus on the running game. In any case, watching Todd Haley deal with Santonio Holmes would be must-see-tv.
The frustrated wide receiver has been the focus of attention in a struggling public relations off season thus far for the New York Jets. Haley has had his issues with veteran wide receivers in the past including Terrell Owens, Anquan Boldin and Dwayne Bowe.
You can go ahead and add Brian Daboll's name as a possible replacement of Bill Muir as offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs heading into the 2012 season. Daboll was most recently with the Miami Dolphins as offensive coordinator and has experience with new Kansas City Chiefs head coach, Romeo Crennel, from their time in New England together.
Daboll worked as a defensive assistant on the Patriots staff in 2001 when Crennel was the defensive coordinator. Daboll moved over to the offensive side of the ball in 2002 and spent the next four years as the wide receivers coach for the Patriots while Crennel remained defensive coordinator until 2005 when he moved on to become the Cleveland Browns head coach.
Daboll moved on to the New York Jets in 2007 as the quarterbacks coach and spent two years in New York before moving on to the Cleveland Browns as offensive coordinator. He's had three years experience with the Browns and most recently with the Dolphins as an offensive coordinator and that will be an important thing for the next Chiefs offensive coordinator.
You'd have to assume that since Crennel has already came out and said that he's still going to be calling plays for the defense and therefore, still heavily involved with that side of the ball. That whoever is hired as the offensive coordinator will have to have had experience as an offensive coordinator already. You most likely won't be seeing a positional coach get his first crack at offensive coordinator with the Chiefs in 2012.
Romeo Crennel told ESPN's Bill Williamson that he's not necessarily in a hurry to make decisions on the offensive and defensive coordinator positions that still need to be filled for the Kansas City Chiefs. He said that it might even be after the Senior Bowl that comes in a couple of weeks. The Senior Bowl is a mad house of unemployed NFL positional coaches and coordinators that can chat and mingle with guys like Romeo Crennel, who could be looking towards this time to meet and interview some potential hires.
From Williamson's story on ESPN.
Crennel said he is in the early stages of the process and that the team needs to get some permission to talk to some candidates. That could be an indication that the Chiefs might have some candidates who are position coaches elsewhere in the league.
That could also mean that the Chiefs are wanting to talk and interview some coaches that might still be working with their teams in the playoffs. It's the same thing that happened when Todd Haley was with the Arizona Cardinals and they made it all the way to the Super Bowl. It's always a good thing to be wanting to talk with coaches from teams that are still playing because obviously they are having success with what they are doing.
Now that Romeo Crennel has officially been named the next head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs the most obvious question would be how he would manage handling the defensive duties, along with all of those responsibilities that come along with being the head coach.
Crennel went on Sirius XM NFL radio with Adam Schein and Rich Gannon and said that he'll still be the one calling the plays for the defense for the Chiefs in 2012. That's great news for Chiefs fans as the defensive unit made great strides with Crennel leading the charge in 2011. It was actually the lone bright spot for much of the season as the Chiefs struggled on offense for most of the season. via Rich Gannon's twitter page.
@RichGannon12 Rich GannonRomeo Crennel will not relinquish playcalling responsibilites as it relates to the defense. Great news for Chiefs fans.1 of best in business!
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During Romeo Crennel's first press conference that introduced him as the new head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs one of the things that everyone wanted to know is what he plans to do at the quarterback position. It seems like anytime there's a coaching change it always then starts with the quarterback.
The Chiefs have Matt Cassel, who has started for this team since coming over in a trade from the New England Patriots three years ago, and they also have soon-to-be second-year player Ricky Stanzi, who was the teams' fifth-round pick out of the University of Iowa during last April's draft. And then there's Kyle Orton, who is set to be a free agent after winning two of three for the Chiefs (and Crennel) to finish out the season, including a win over a then-undefeated Green Bay Packers team. The thought wasn't lost on Crennel when talking about what Kyle Orton did for him playing quarterback during his 'interim' period after Todd Haley was fired.
"Kyle did a tremendous job for us and I'm probably not sitting here if Kyle hadn't done the job that he did."
It's nice to know that Crennel can look at it from this point of view. I can see this type of thinking being one of the reasons why players love playing for Crennel.
But as soon as you hope to get more information out of Crennel in regards to what they plan on doing at quarterback next season he goes back into coach speak.
"We have Matt and Stanzi under contract. Kyle is an unrestricted free agent. We have to go through that process of evaluating our team, our team needs and then go through the free agency process and see what happens there. .... Right now we have Matt and Stanzi on the squad and we'll see what happens after this free agency."
Then came the comments that made almost every fan in Kansas City cringe.
"Matt Cassel has won here. We've been to a playoff with Matt Cassel. I don't think that Matt Cassel has fallen off the wagon overnight. I think he's a good talent. He's a good quarterback and he's taken us to a playoff. So I anticipate that he can do it again."
Matt Cassel was thought last year to be a quarterback that could win if he was given a hall-of-fame type-season from his running back and not being forced to throw the ball to win big games. The Chiefs team as a whole struggled against big, physical teams and it wasn't just that Cassel struggled in those games. It's how he struggled. It became even more obvious this season when Cassel didn't have Charles to lean on during the season. The Chiefs found out some of the limitations of Matt Cassel this year and while he's still not a 'bad' quarterback in this league, he's not the kind of guy that you can lean on to win the big game by himself. And if they choose to stay the course with Cassel, they'll need to be stronger in every other phase of the game.
The quarterback position is just one of the things that Crennel will have to deal with as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs heading into the 2012 season, albeit an important one. It should be an interesting offseason and the Chiefs could put themselves in position to be the favorite to win the AFC West division if they make a few key moves between now and training camp. It starts with re-signing some of their own free agents, including Brandon Carr, Dwayne Bowe, Wallace Gilberry, Le'Ron McClain and possibly, Kyle Orton.
Good luck Romeo, we're all rooting for you.
Romeo Crennel was officially introduced by the Kansas City Chiefs as their next head coach, as Crennel has a 3-year contract and will be tasked to transform a young team into a consistent winner. Here are a few quotes from Monday's press conference:
Clark Hunt on Romeo Crennel: "After a thorough interview process, that spanned the better part of four weeks, it was clear to Scott and I that Romeo was the best person to continue to develop our young football team and the best head coach to lead the Chiefs into the future. We are thrilled to have Romeo as our head coach.
Scott Pioli on Romeo Crennel: "This is an exciting day for the Kansas City Chiefs and the fans, I've known Romeo for quite some time. He's a guy with a great football mind, great integrity and certainly knows how to get the troops motivated, to say the least. He knows how to create a great deal of energy, emotion and respect among the players."
Romeo Crennel on what he wants in his players: "I want them to be strong, I want them to be tough, I want them to be physical, I want them to be aggressive, I want them to be tenacious....did I forget anything? Smart? Yes, that should've been at the forefront."
Also, the folks over at Arrowhead Pride transcribed some quotes on the 2012 quarterback conundrum that the Chiefs will deal with next season:
Who will the quarterback be next year? "We have Matt and Stanzi under contract. Kyle is an unrestricted free agent. We have to go through that process of evaluating our team, our team needs and then go through the free agency process and see what happens there. The thing about free agency is, those unrestricted free agents, they have a choice. They can decide if they want to return or whether they want to go elsewhere. We can have a desire to potentially get a guy back but if that guy decides to go someplace else, there's nothing we can do about that. Right now we have Matt and Stanzi on the squad and we'll see what happens after this free agency."
Will Kyle Orton be back in 2012? "Kyle did a tremendous job for us and I'm probably not sitting here if Kyle hadn't done the job that he did. I'm very appreciative of that. I'm also appreciative of the fact that he is an unrestricted free agent and we have to go through the process. I would be unfair to him not to say that I appreciated what he did for me. I'm not going to say I didn't appreciate it but the situation is the situation. We have two quarterbacks under contract. He's not under contract. So we'll play it out and see what happens.
Can Matt Cassel win in Kansas City? "Matt Cassel has won here. We've been to a playoff with Matt Cassel. I don't think that Matt Cassel has fallen off the wagon overnight. I think he's a good talent. He's a good quarterback and he's taken us to a playoff. So I anticipate that he can do it again."
Can Cassel and Orton be on the same team? "That still has to be determined and a lot of that has to do with how Kyle feels because he's unrestricted. If he were under contract and we had both of them here I think it would be more of a dilemma for me than it is now. But he's unrestricted and he's not under contract so we'll have to see how the free agency thing pans out."
Adam Caplan of Sirius XM's NFL Radio Network is reporting that Romeo Crennel has signed a three-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, this according to his agent Joe Litna. The Chiefs' previous coach, Todd Haley, signed a four-year deal upon his hiring in 2009.
Crennel signed a similar deal when he was hired by the Cleveland Browns in 2005, and signed a two-year extension following a 10-6 campaign in 2007, but was fired after the 2008 Browns finished with a4-12 record.
Terms of Crennel's current deal with the Chiefs are not yet known, although he was estimated to be making roughly $4 million a year after he signed the extension in Cleveland, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.
The Chiefs issued an official statement Monday:
"We are very excited to name Romeo the new head coach of the Chiefs. In 30 years as a coach in the National Football League, Romeo has established an outstanding track record of success, and we believe his experience and proven ability make him the best person to help us reach our goal of consistently competing for championships."
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The Kansas City Chiefs will officially announce Romeo Crennel as their next head coach at a 1 p.m. CT press conference today, ending speculation that Crennel, the interim coach after Kansas City fired Todd Haley, would become the permanent replacement.
Under Crennel, the Chiefs upset two playoffs teams - the previously undefeated Green Bay Packers, and in the last week of the season, the eventual AFC West Champion Denver Broncos. Crennel, the team's defensive coordinator for two seasons under Haley after his own run as head coach of the Cleveland Browns, became popular among Chiefs players, who strongly voiced their support for Crennel while the organization interviewed outside candidates like Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin and former Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher.
The first move under Crennel might have already been made - replacing his former post of defensive coordinator with current Chiefs linebacker coach Gary Gibbs.
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The Cardinals are in much need of an offensive boost after finishing 28th in the league in 2011 and they could be hoping that Haley can help make that happen. In his last season in Arizona in 2009 before leaving for the Chiefs, Haley helped the Cardinals finish 13th in total offense with Kurt Warner leading the team to their Super Bowl loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Haley would be taking over an offense in Arizona right now that has seen John Skelton and Kevin Kolb under center recently, a far cry from Warner.
But the Kansas City Star's Kent Babb has also heard that the New York Jets could also be in play for Haley's duties. With current offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer reportedly taking an interview with the Jacksonville Jaguars for their vacant head coaching position, the Jets might be looking to replace a position that isn't even currently open. The already always-interesting Jets' team would be even more of a media target with the fiery Haley being in charge of readjusting Santonio Holmes' attitude.
Either way it looks like Haley will find himself a new job soon and it'll most likely be as an offensive coordinator somewhere, not as head coach.
It's hard to say that there's ever a 'good' situation for a first-year head coach in the NFL. Obviously there are varying degrees of how bad things are for each particular situation, but it's never great. Romeo Crennel may already have head coaching experience from his time coaching the Cleveland Browns, but his particular situation right now with the Kansas City Chiefs isn't on the tougher end of the spectrum. He's inheriting a roster that has enough talent to compete, which they showed last year when they won the AFC West division with a 10-6 record.
Even this year with all of the injuries the Chiefs were still just one blocked field goal away from defending their AFC West title and heading back to the playoffs again. They finished the season with a 7-9 record and did that without their star running back, Jamaal Charles, and Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry, who were put on injured reserve just two games into the season. Throw in an injured Tony Moeaki and Matt Cassel and you have the recipe for a tough season, but also for a bounce back season in 2012.
A healthy Chiefs team in 2012 is going to be right there in the discussion as being one of the favorites to win the AFC West. All of this had to be a part of the discussion when Scott Pioli and company decided to bring back Romeo Crennel as head coach heading into next season. The cupboard wasn't bare in Kansas City and the roster isn't in need of major changes.
Therefore one thing that became vital for the success of the Chiefs in 2012 and that was continuity. The players and assistant coaches already know Romeo Crennel, or RAC, as they call him. They know his personality, his temperament, his expectations, and he's knows them. This is often overlooked or as seen as something that isn't that important but it is very important. These players might not know Crennel as head coach yet, but they do know some about him and they do respect him.
Crennel was the right choice for the Chiefs heading into the 2012 season. While it may prove to not be a long-term thinking type of hire, it has already proven to be the right decision at the time.
The Kansas City Chiefs are apparently ready to end their coaching search, as the man who came in for a struggling Todd Haley and gained the love of the Chiefs locker room is now the head coach. Romeo Crennel will be the next head coach of the Chiefs, according to a report.
Chiefs are planning to retain Romeo Crennel and remove interim tag from his title. Move would be popular in the locker room. -- @AdamSchefter
While the Chiefs had also interviewed former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio and Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, Crennel had always been the favorite and the Chiefs brass stuck with their guy. As the coach of the Browns, his record was 24-40 and never made the playoffs.
Arrowhead Pride is following the very confusing journey of now departed St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who had been retained even after every other member of fired coach Steve Spagnuolo was let go. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that McDaniels had been requested for an interview by the Chiefs, and then they reported the exact opposite - that McDaniels had only one request, and it wasn't Kansas City.
Now it seems McDaniels is likeliest to end up back at his old gig, as offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots, replacing Bill O'Brien, who took the head coaching job at Penn State. Multiple sources have indicated McDaniels has accepted an offer to return to the franchise he developed in.
It's unclear if McDaniels was even being considered as a head coach - a position he held briefly with the Denver Broncos - or if he was being sought after as a potential offensive coordinator for interim coach turned permanent Todd Haley replacement Romeo Crennel, who worked with McDaniels under the Bill Belichick tree in New England.
When your name is attached to the most dynamic offense in the NFL, teams are obviously going to come calling. That's what Joe Philbin is experiencing now as teams with head coaching openings are lining up to speak with the Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator about the possibility of bringing his talents and acumen to their respective franchises. The Miami Dolphins are reportedly the latest to reach out to Philbin and this comes after the Kansas City Chiefs already inquired.
Scott Pioli is currently making the rounds, checking out some other possibilities in addition to interim head coach Romeo Crennel. Jeff Fisher was already rumored to have spoken to Pioli during week 17 of the NFL regular season. Josh McDaniels was rumored to be connected, but nothing of substance has come from that either. Kirk Ferentz was a common name but again that was mere conjecture. To this point, the only names to have officially interviewed are Fisher and Philbin and, it's assumed, Crennel.
If anyone besides Crennel gets the job, that will be a minor miracle given the momentum Crennel has built. However, an important hire like a team's head coach needs to be an educated decision for the long haul -- not an emotional decision based on locker room ideas. Expect Pioli to give this all he has to find the right guy -- even if he was already in house.
CBS Sports' Ryan Wilson says that the Kansas City Chiefs are linked to Mike Mularkey. That's the first we've heard of such a thing, but news has to break somehow and perhaps in the midst of Josh McDaniels talk, Jeff Fisher rumors, Romeo Crennel support and Jack Del Rio frenzy, we missed yet another name in the midst of the Chiefs head coaching search. The Falcons offensive coordinator was recently rumored for the same position for the Jacksonville Jaguars as the front runner, so it would be interesting if some new teams were still emerging for him.
Mularkey was previously the head coach of the Buffalo Bills back in 2004 and 2005, but that tenure was short-lived after finishing 14-18 in two seasons with the Bills. Mularkey then went back to offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons ever since. With the Falcons, Mularkey has helped bring Roddy White to elite receiver status and developed Matt Ryan's pro game since he came into the league. While it's a new name, it's not surprising to see that Mularkey would earn a second chance.
Del Rio was 69-73 while with Jacksonville and had a 1-2 record in the playoffs. He became the first NFL coach this season to be fired after being let go in November. Del Rio played one season with the Chiefs after spending 11 years with the New Orleans Saints as a linebacker.
The Chiefs fired Todd Haley with three games remaining in the season and promoted defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel to interim head coach. Crennel is also thought to be a candidate for the job. Other names associated with the position are Green Bay offensive coordinator Joe Philbin who reportedly interviewed on Wednesday and may also interview with Del Rio's old team in Jacksonville.
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As the Kansas City Chiefs continue their coaching search, Adam Schefter is reporting that Joe Philbin, the offensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers, is the latest among many to receive an interview from Scott Pioli and Clark Hunt as they find Todd Haley’s replacement. Romeo Crennel is currently the favorite as he went 2-1 as the interim head coach and earned the trust and favor of the players on the team. Still, Pioli will search far and wide to find his own guy before he names someone to the position.
Philbin has been with the Green Bay Packers in some coaching capacity since 2003 and was with the Iowa Hawkeyes before that, perhaps providing some small link through Kirk Ferentz with Pioli. However, it’s Philbin’s work with the incredible Green Bay offense that speaks for itself. Philbin should be a hot candidate simply for his association with Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the Green Bay offense.