Despite 1-7 start, Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel still has job

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com
Will Romeo Crennel last the season? (US Presswire)

Perspective will determine whether this is good news but, at the very least, the Piolis and Crennels must be ecstatic at the prospects of still drawing a paycheck. Fans, we'd imagine, are less than thrilled by the news but it can't be altogether surprising despite the Chiefs' wrestling the mantle of "NFL's worst team" from the Chargers on Thursday night.

Here's the lead paragraph from the Kansas City Star's Adam Teicher in Friday's edition:

"The day after the Chiefs' latest disaster came and went without a coaching change. Despite presiding over one of the worst half-seasons in NFL history, Romeo Crennel will continue as head coach."

After their latest embarrassing loss, the Chiefs are 1-7, own the league's worst record, have been outscored 133-240, and have yet to hold the lead in any game this season. (Their only win came on a field goal in overtime.) Oh, and their 25 turnovers also is worst in the NFL.

And yet the futility hasn't reached sufficient levels for team chairman Clark Hunt to make a move. Angry fans, however, haven't been as forgiving. Some enterprising souls took up a donation to fly a banner over Arrowhead Stadium before the Ravens-Chiefs game last month. The message: "We deserve better. Fire Pioli. Bench Cassel."

The latter happened in Week 8 but backup Brady Quinn didn't last a half. He left with a head injury and Cassel was back under center. But the quarterback isn't this team's biggest issue. It's an organizational philosophy that just isn't working. To hear Crennel talk, however, it doesn't sound like he lives in fear of getting canned.

“I talk with Scott (Pioli) every day,'' Crennel said via Teicher. “We've been talking every day since I got the job. Scott is supportive. He sees what we're trying to do out here on the practice field. He's disappointed in the results just like I'm disappointed in the results. We're going to work to fight our way through it.''

I see Clark (Hunt) at every game. We talk about how things are going. He's supportive but he's disappointed, just like everybody else is.''

Upside: barring overtime, the Chiefs have just 480 minutes left in their season. And who knows, maybe this will be the offseason that Hunt decides to blow it all up and start over. Of course, people in Kansas City have been having this conversation pretty much every year since 2007.

(Notable exception: 2010, when the Chiefs won the division and went 10-6. The other four-and-a-half season? Kansas City is 18-54.)

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