An “Embarrassed” Hunt Fires Romeo

Romeo Crennel got an early good bye hug from Denver coach John Fox after Sunday’s game

From the Truman Sports Complex

Saying he is “embarrassed by the poor product we gave our fans this season” Clark Hunt fired head coach Romeo Crennel Monday morning.

Just a few minutes before 10 o’clock the Chiefs announced through their PR department that the team had parted ways with Crennel less than a year after he was made full-time head coach on January 9, 2012.

Black Monday in the NFL claims GMs and head coaches.

Hunt had other interesting words about his team and the future that were part of this release.

“The entire football operation will remain under review and there may be additional changes to come,” Hunt is quoted as saying. “No final determination has been made at this point on the future of General Manager Scott Pioli.”

As of late Monday morning there was no announcement of any press conferences in the immediate future. The team’s locker room will be open during the noon hour as players go through the normal exit process of conversations and physical exams.

Pioli is the man who wanted Crennel as the 12th head coach in Chiefs history and named him interim head coach after firing Todd Haley last December with three games to play. When the Chiefs upset the previously unbeaten Green Bay Packers and finished 2-1 in those games that rocketed Crennel into the top spot for the job permanently.

Turns out permanently in this case was only the 16 games of the 2012 season, where the Chiefs stumbled to a 2-14 record, making Crennel’s head coaching record 4-15 with the Chiefs.

“I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for Romeo both personally and professionally,” are the comments from Hunt contained in a team statement. “He is an accomplished coach, a man of great character and he helped guide our football team through some extremely challenging circumstances this season.”

Hunt had more words that he wanted thrown at his dwindling fan base.

“I want to personally apologize to our fans for our performance this season,” reads the team statement. “We are blessed to play for some of the best and most passionate fans in the National Football League and they deserve better than what we gave them this season.

“I want our fans to know that I will do everything I can to provide them with a dramatically better team, both next season and in the seasons to come.”

Crennel’s firing means the Chiefs will have a new head coach in 2013, the team’s fourth in six seasons (Herm Edwards, Todd Haley, Crennel and the new coach.)

The Chiefs are 23-42 in four seasons where Pioli has controlled the franchise.

Crennel now has an NFL head coaching with the Browns and Chiefs of 28-55.

31 Responses to “An “Embarrassed” Hunt Fires Romeo”

  • December 31, 2012  - Tenand6 says:

    I think Hunt’s attorneys and Pioli’s attorneys are negotiating Pioli’s exit. That’s the hold up, IMHO.

  • December 31, 2012  - johnfromfairfax says:

    I hope you are right. I don’t see how we see anything different if Pioli survives. He’s the one who has to go for us to see a turnaround. What decent coach in his right mind would come in with him as the GM?

  • December 31, 2012  - txchief says:

    I can’t believe that there is any chance that Clark Hunt would allow Pioli to continue. A nightmare situation would be that Pioli stays and brings in another puppet like Kirk Ferentz, a coach who can’t even win a championship at the college level. With Pioli’s disastrous personnel decisions, what top tier coach would even consider taking the job in KC?

  • December 31, 2012  - Tenand6 says:

    This is all about negotiating the terms of Pioli’s exit— yet Pioli denied Haley his money.

  • December 31, 2012  - txchief says:

    IF Hunt pulls his head out and fires Pioli, I hope someone films security escorting Pioli out of the building. It will be a big hit on YouTube.

  • December 31, 2012  - johnfromfairfax says:

    What you’re saying makes perfect sense Tenand6. I’m just at the point where I don’t have any faith in Hunt to do the right thing. Regarding terms of his contract after what he did to Haley, now that’s irony isn’t it? If he’s fired I also want to see that video and I hope Pioli wears his Falling Down glasses on the way out the door. The only thing that would make it better is if they lead him out the back stairwell and an employee hands him a candy wrapper on the way out.

  • December 31, 2012  - bhive01 says:

    I’ll put it on loop txchief. Want that guy gone yesterday. Fire that POS before firing RAC.

  • December 31, 2012  - Ben Armstrong says:

    Bob left out a statement that I thought was very intriguing. Clark stated this “I will be making our next Head coach hire.” in the release. That indicates Pioli will have no say in the hire. I guess it will come down to if the coach Clark wants to hire says he can work with Pioli. At least we wont have to worry about them hiring Kirk Firentz or Josh McDanials (even though I think he could work well with Pioli).

  • December 31, 2012  - TimR says:

    I agree Tenand6. No way Pioli survives. Hunt knows that the reason good coaches & some players weren’t willing to give us the time of day wasn’t because of Haley or Crennel…

  • December 31, 2012  - R W says:

    Oh man. Boilerplate Clark to the rescue. About what I expected in his ‘statement’, carefully crafted to provide a semblance of manufactured hope in the fanbase. IT WON’T WORK.

    As to the lingering Pioli status, any killing should be quick and merciful. This business of employing the ‘at this time’ BS is nothing more than more shadow dancing from the WIC (Weasel in Charge). All this tells me what I thought all along about Jr. Hunt.

    Now, if he actually cuts the cord with Pioli within the next 48 hours max, I’ll reconsider my feelings but don’t think that will be the case. More dysfunction from the NFL franchise that’s now earned total and complete SIBERIA status.

  • December 31, 2012  - ChuckXX says:

    I just hope we don’t have to settle for somebody else’s loser in a new HC. If you think about it deeply thats what we got when Romeo got the job. Somebody elses loser. If they hire Reid and Heckert to me it looks alot like the same old thing again. Somebody else’s “worn out old warrior”. I think Mike McCoy brings alot more excitement to the table. Somebody young and full of energy is what we need. Not somebody else’s leftovers.

  • December 31, 2012  - chewbone says:

    They didn’t fire pioli yet because Pioli had to send the email to romeo that he “was fired”.

  • December 31, 2012  - el cid says:

    Call me nuts, and many of you have. Pioli stays. Why? I am guessing he is just what Hunt wants in the GM position. It has nothing to do with football or winning a single game (reminder the Chiefs have not been in a super bowl sine 1970). Pioli is doing things the way the owner wants. Period. He is a good spear catcher while Hunt can stay in Texas and play with his money.

    Only fly in the ointment is what quality HC would work for Hunt and Pioli? McDaniela, look like quality to you? Doubt Hunt knows the name of 4 HC types who have a prayer of being a winner. Sure he is going to hire the next HC and i have shares in the Paseo Bridge to sell you.

    We have a bad owner, we need to get over it. That makes for a bad organization, a losing organization. We are stuck.

  • December 31, 2012  - DanO says:

    I’m done, Bob. You run a great site, but I won’t be following this joke of a team any more if Pioli stays. That tells me our owner doesn’t give a crap about the fans. He’s only interested in the TV revenue. I don’t know what D lineman Pioli will draft with the first pick, but I sure don’t see us getting our franchise Quarterback. Look at Indy and the Redskins. Both in the playoffs!

  • December 31, 2012  - Niblick says:

    I actually agree with tenand6. I think Pioli is all but gone. Clark is going to hire the new head coach. I cannot see him on the podium in a few days announcing a new head coach with Pioli at his side. I think he will then make the announcement that thy are heading in a new dirction on a GM. He would know who the new coach would like to see for his personnel guy. I see a strong head coach with his own personnel guy. It could be something like the Rams and Redskins have. No comments at all fromPioli on the Crennell firing or any other issue. Just my thoughts.

  • December 31, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Niblick, I like what you’re saying. What I’ve been saying is that Hunt won’t spend the money to buy out Pioli. My wife, a 610 addict, still thinks Pioli has signed an extension. Obviously, I’m trapped in a depressing enviroment.

    However, the longer Pioli remains silent, the more optimistic I’m becoming. This guy is all about ego. And his coach, that he hired, gets fired and he says nothing. Fact, has been very quite for a while.

    Holy Crap! I see Hope. Sweetie, change the station on the radio, things may get better soon.

  • December 31, 2012  - j.t. collins says:

    God we suck.Bob said if Pioli stays…..then it’s JR Hunt .If that is the case …..what are we the fans going to do.Are we going to be the Raiders of the east? At least Old Al won the SB almost every decade.We can hire /fire/people,what we can’t do is get a new owner.Some of us have invested all of our lives in this team.We could have done like so many, that just moved to a winner.Like the cowboys in the 80s-90s or the Rams in 2ks. No….. this is our team, something like our on childern,we have loved them since birth.We want to be proud of them.This is like if one of our own kids got in trouble in front of the whole world, yet you still love them.To me it couldn’t be worse

  • December 31, 2012  - j.t. collins says:

    What could even be worse if JR Hunt has a big ego as Pioli & can’t admit he was wrong.

  • December 31, 2012  - pharmer says:

    Could we be looking at bringing in a HC with full control of personell and keep Pioli around with reduced responsibilities?

  • December 31, 2012  - Kenny says:

    Good luck to Romeo. He’s a good man and proven defensive coordinator.

    Before people start equating Clark to Al Davis, take a step back for a second. Clark is taking over because he has to. He is listening to what you are saying and wants to win. He has done nothing to make me think that he wants to hand over football decisions to football people. By letting people know the coach will have a say in GM decisions will only attract even better and more qualified people.

    Wait for Clark to make the changes he needs to before rushing to judgement.

  • December 31, 2012  - R W says:

    I too wish Romeo the best.

  • December 31, 2012  - Charles Nielson says:

    Isn’t it a bit odd that Clark is looking for a coach while the GM is still dangling? If Pioli is going to be replaced, it seems to me any strong GM candidate would want to be able to bring in his own head coach. This almost makes me wonder if he has someone in mind who would be a head coach/GM. Maybe Andy Reid?

  • December 31, 2012  - Niblick says:

    I just heard Clark Hunt on 810 radio in an interview with Soren Petro. He said the reporting structure is changing. The head coach will now report to him, along with the GM. They will be equals, not what we have had in the past with Pioli and Peterson. He will select the head coach, not the GM. He said any final decision on Pioli will have to wait until he gets a head coach in place. That is his priority. He certainly didn’t give Pioli any vote of confidence. He is going to be more involved than in the past in the football operation.

  • December 31, 2012  - Charles Nielson says:

    Interesting. I wonder how long that can last. I remember they had something in that in Washington for a while, with Norv Turner and Charlie Casserly as equals. Norv eventually maneuvered Casserly out the door.

    Speaking of which, while I wouldn’t want either Norv or Lovie as a head coach, I’d love a staff that had one as OC and the other as DC. Of course, that leaves open who the HC would be.

  • December 31, 2012  - R W says:

    Good get there Niblick. Based on your info, it sounds as if Hunt Jr. is grabbing the controls and flying this thing as opposed to going auto-pilot? What to make of this?

    On the one hand, Hunt Jr. is finally waking up? On the other, is it a hidden agenda way to curry favor with the diminished fan base, feed them more BS and think it tastes like chicken?

    I’m not in KC so please all you local Chiefs fans, weigh in on what you’re hearing, seeing locally and don’t be fearful of adding your opinion as the mainstream media (Bob Gretz an exception) is mostly in the back pocket of all that is ass kissing the standard.

  • December 31, 2012  - R W says:

    OK, I just viewed the Clark Hunt video done with Holtus. I’m still uncertain as to where this is heading. I’d love to take a leap of faith and believe Jr. has seen the f-ing light and yet I’m not convinced. Why? Pioli is still in the building.

    If I was Holtus, I would have asked why we are still dealing with the negative fallout among most (all) fans on the Pioli issue and why not get that behind us NOW as opposed to keeping him at arm’s length on the premises?

    There’s something much more NOT being reported here. Something far bigger than putting a GM in limbo. That’s what my instincts are telling me.

  • December 31, 2012  - Niblick says:

    R W-I think it may in some way have been an attempt to apease the fan base. However, I think it is primarily a change he is making because having Pioli in total charge was a failure and he needed to make changes. A number of teams have this structure and I think it can work here. If Pioli does remain it will be in a diminished role. That seems clear. Clark may choose to not give him that oportunity.

  • December 31, 2012  - txchief says:

    For better or worse, I’m happy to learn that Clark Hunt appears to be making some attempt to be in ore direst control of the team. I don’t see the logic behind keeping Pioli around in any capacity. Pioli has generated to much ill will with the fan base and the NFL community in general.

  • December 31, 2012  - Dave71 says:

    Can’t see how Pioli can stay. He inherited a 2-14 team and now, 4 seasons later, we have a worse 2-14 team. That Denver game was just absolutely pathetic; we look like a d-3 college team on offense, other than charles. His first & biggest mistake, the Cassel 63 million dollar contract, has handcuffed this team for the last four years. High draft picks from simply mediocre (Arenas, McCluster, TJax)to flat out busts (Baldwin). Letting Carr go only to replace him with Routt & then cut him half way through season? Inexplicably bad, disfunctional move. And then to bring in Quinn as the only competition for Cassel was the worst, as badly as Cassel played last year. Sam Mellinger in the KC Star correctly pointed out that the only thing that has happened in the last four seasons is that the really good players on the team-Albert, Bowe, Charles, Flowers, DJ, Hali (all of whom Pioli INHERITED, by the way) have gotten 4 years older. All for nothing. He cant be shown the door quickly enough, in my opinion. He rode the coattails of Belichick & Brady for years and made millions because of it.

  • December 31, 2012  - Tenand6 says:

    Can not imagine a new HC wanting Pioli around to possibly undermine him. HC brings in his guys. Pioli is an undermining prick— only a fool would come here and leave Pioli in the building to spread his dysfunction.

  • December 31, 2012  - St Paul 1 says:

    I have to think the team might start seeing blackouts if Pioli doesn’t go. Can’t remember anyone ever coming into a franchise with such high hopes who turned the fanbase so completely against him in such a short time.

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