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Crennel: No-brainer of a choice

Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:46 am
Romeo Crennel is the right coach at the right time for the Kansas City Chiefs for a couple of reasons: 1) The team responded to him the last three weeks of the season, with the Chiefs inflicting the only loss on Green Bay, and 2) he gets along  with general manager Scott Pioli.

I'm not sure which is more important, but I know that the issues that were apparent this season when there was friction between coach Todd Haley and the front office will not be there with Crennel. The two know what to expect of each other, which makes life a lot easier for the organization as a whole.

Now, will that translate to victories? We'll just have to wait and see, but the early returns were encouraging. Not only did Kansas City win two of its three starts under Crennel, it hung the only defeat on Green Bay in its last 22 games. The Chiefs also knocked off AFC West champion Denver ... in Denver, no less ... and could've beaten Oakland before succumbing in overtime.

In short, they were a tough out again, and that's what you want from your ballclub.

In only three games Crennel found something in the Chiefs that was missing in the first 13, and that's encouraging for next season. But so is his relationship with Pioli, with whom he was teamed when Crennel was the defensive coordinator in New England. The Patriots were a dominant franchise then -- as they are now -- and the hope is that Pioli and Crennel can recreate that success in Kansas City.

Can it happen? Sure, it can. I mean, it was only a year ago that Kansas City won the division at 10-6. Plus, this year's winner was 8-8, so the field is wide open.

But will it? That's another matter. Crennel had only one winning season in four years as head coach of the Cleveland Browns, which doesn't sound like much, except the Browns have had only two since returning to the NFL in 1999.

As I said, the right guy at the right time.

Category: NFL

Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:32 pm

Crennel: No-brainer of a choice

This sounds like one of those good old boys corporate hires that Pioli and the NE Pats are famous for - look at McDaniels rehire in New England.
The former Pats coaches have not done well either in the NFL or the NCAA.

Crennel wasn't that successful in Cleveland, but given that the Chiefs don't really have a QB 2012 could be a tough year even with a 4th place schedule and improving Denver and Oakland.

Right guy yes because the players are happy to have Crennel.  just like the Charger players want Norv, but liking a coach and playing for them every game through 16 games is a different story.

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 1:33 pm

Crennel: No-brainer of a choice

Excellent hire.  We liked him in Cleveland, too.

Since: Sep 23, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 12:30 pm

Crennel: No-brainer of a choice

I love this hire. Perfect.

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 12:29 pm

Crennel: No-brainer of a choice

I liked the fact that the Chiefs under Crennel played hard and weren't out coached.  They didn't go in totally unprepared and get run out of their own stadium like the Bills and Dolphins did to KC at Arrowhead.  We'll know by this time next year if this was the right move.  Seems so now and that's all anyone can go by.

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