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.