Romeo Proves His Worth; What’s Next?

From Sports Authority Field, Denver

After what the Chiefs have done in their last three games under head coach Romeo Crennel, it only makes sense to keep the man, as long as he coordinates and runs the defense.

Crennel’s little coaching moment for the Chiefs came to an end on Sunday with a 7-3 victory over the Denver Broncos, giving him a 2-1 record since taking over from the departed Todd Haley.

But that three-game span was built on defense, Romeo’s greatest skill in coaching. The Chiefs made Tim Tebow and the Broncos offense look very bad in allowing only 266 yards and no touchdowns to a team playing for a chance to make the playoffs.

As the Chiefs players poured into the locker room here at Sports Authority Field after the victory, it didn’t take long for the chants of RAC, RAC, RAC rang out with so much force they went through a couple doors and cinderblocks walls.

The players want Crennel to stay as head coach. Crennel wants to be their head coach. The future remains unknown.

“When I got this job I told you I was going to do the best job I can and then let the chips fall where they may and that’s still the case,” Crennel said after the game. “The people who are going to make the decisions they see how I’ve operated and whatever decision they make they are going to make. All I can control is what I do with the football team. And 2-1 in the three games that we’ve played, from a percentage standpoint, that’s not terrible.

“But we’ll see what happens. If I didn’t want it, I wouldn’t have taken it the first time.”

Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt, owner Dan Hunt and GM Scott Pioli were in the Chiefs locker room after the game, hugging and back slapping players at every opportunity. They were not willing to address the search for a head coach, and they’ve not been willing to put a timeline down on when they might get a new man in pace. Hunt and Pioli are not the quickest decision markers, so heaven knows how long this will last.

The players don’t think it should take more than the plane ride home from Denver.

“We want the people who are making the decision to know what we want and we want RAC,” said free safety Kendrick Lewis.

That feeling was echoed by other defensive players, offensive players, even specialists. This is not to say that Crennel has 100 percent support, but those willing to speak, are willing to back him.

“He knows us and we know him,” said OLB Tamba Hali. “He’s a great defensive coach, plus he relates to all players. He knows who we are and what we need. I think he would be a great head coach.”

Whether he’s the head coach, defensive coordinator or working for another team, Crennel thinks the Chiefs have a chance to be successful in 2012. That’s one of the reasons he wants to go along for the ride.

“If they play like they played today and play like they played against Green Bay, then I think we can be competitive,” Crennel said. “If we played like we did against Oakland, then not as good. I think there is some ability on this team. There are some players who will be coming back to the team, which I think will have an impact if they can return healthy.”

13 Responses to “Romeo Proves His Worth; What’s Next?”

  • January 1, 2012  - ED J says:

    I think Romeo deserves to be head coach. Now if we get a more experienced and better offensive coordinator we should have a good team on our hands. I think Orton will beat out Cassel for starting position just simply because he’s better thrower of the football, has better pocket presence, etc. If Stanzi progress in offseason then expect Cassel to be traded for a 4th or 5th rd pick. Stanzi will determine how long we keep Cassel next season.

    Focus turn to Pioli and his offseason moves now. We need resign Gilberry, Bowe, Mcclain, and Carr. Then use draft to get offensive tackle that can hold down left side and move Barry to right. Then add some beef at guard to replace Lija. Then add some depth at both postions. So oline needs be premium come draft day. Then we must use free agency and draft to add depth at tight end, running back, safety, and inside linebacker. If we do that I fully expect this team to go deep in playoffs next yr and compete for the top 2 seeds.

    Its all about Pioli he must be willing to spend money and swallow his pride about Cassel. Ignoring the obvious that Orton is better QB is just stupid. And sitting on 30mill with a team on the cusp of something great is even more foolish. This team has bunch of really good young talented players its time to build on that and go to next level. Most people expected us take step back and be 8-8 or 9-7 team without the injuries we had. Seeing that we lost Berry, Moeaki, Charles, and Cassel for us to still go 7-9 speaks volume to not only talent on this team but the character.

  • January 1, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    You make some good points. But as usual your hatred for Cassel clouds it.
    Orton cost us the Raider game with his 2 picks and his 3rd down fish flop. Today he puts up a mighty 7 points in the first quarter and that’s it. Oh my the things you would say if Cassel played the last 2 games.
    Orton took the maximum number of days to report back in November. That made him unprepared to play other than a few plays vs. Bears.
    I agree on your O-line ideas. It won’t matter who is QB until that is fixed.
    I hope you can make it to a game next year, Go Chiefs!

  • January 1, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    I do want to say: keep Romeo as HC/DC and the entire defensive staff. Hire a real Special Teams coach, and OC plus offensive staff. I’m a third of the way through War Room, so I think Pioli brings in McDaniels for OC.

  • January 1, 2012  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Romeo has made his case. The defense improved as the season went on and was responsible for us being in the hunt late into the season. Well, maybe the rest of the division sucking had something to do with it. Our failure to capitalize last week was only softened by Choakland’s incapacity to control their own destiny this week thereby allowing Denver to back into the playoffs after we showed their inability to take charge this week. What this all highlights is that if we had signed an adequate backup QB at the beginning of the year we may have repeated as division champions even after the devastating key injuries we suffered and dysfunction within the leadership of the organization. At least we can hope for improvement next year if the Hunts don’t sit on a pile of cash again and Pioli adequately addresses the needs we have. Another auld lang syne Chiefs fans. The Orton lovers and Cassel haters can now battle it out over who should lead the charge and we’ll see how it turns out. Ed J and Cychief, I think you guys just need to meet somewhere and hug it out, or at least have a beer and commiserate on the season and pontificate on next year and leave on good terms.

  • January 1, 2012  - johnfromfairfax says:

    P.S. The one constant that hasn’t changed is the excellent coverage. Thanks Bob and happy new year to you and yours!

  • January 1, 2012  - ED J says:

    No one hates Cassel only pointing out the obvious he didn’t blow game against Raiders. IF anything he put us in position to win the game and the field goal got blocked twice. Didn’t hear you crying about how bad Cassel played against Broncos in the 1st game when Tebow completed 2 passes and won the game. Cassel had under 100 yards that game. And played just as awful the week before throw under 100yards against the Dolphins. When Orton came in with no training camp threw for 300 yards with same oline. You know why he did that because he’s better QB.

    I state facts you yourself pointed out how much better Orton was than Cassel after Packers game

    here’s your quote cychief: “I’ve seen Orton play since HS and he is a good leader. His advantage over Cassel is many more years of playing experience and it shows.I like Cassel as opposed to the simple minded haters. But I do recognize the quicker release and decision making of Orton. We need to keep both and let them battle it out next summer. then we will have 2 solid QBs to get us through the season.”

    That’s your words not mines. So any other you recognize he’s better QB than Cassel but you still want Cassel the starter because you hate Orton. I mean REALLY

  • January 1, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    I don’t think Pioli has a choice now; he’s got to go with Romeo or the players/fans are going to scream. And that, right now, is the best choice. Need new OC for sure. Cassel/Orton or Cassel and Orton. I don’t care but we have to take care of several problems with draft/free agencey. They have heavly focused on defense and it looked good today, but offense needs so much help. Hunt family needs to loosen purse before the fan base quits.

  • January 2, 2012  - Bobber says:

    The defensive player bonded with Romeo as their coordinator and they all seem to love him and hope he’s retained. I don’t hear anything from the offensive players. Do they feel the same? There’s been a lot of successful head coaches that have come from the defensive side, but I think the odds are better for an offensive coach to achieve long term success.

  • January 2, 2012  - Milkman says:

    The only thing that scares me about retaining Crennel is the Chiefs past history with “players coaches”. I remember when the players had a closed door meeting with Chiefs ownership and lobbied for their choice of a new coach, Frank Ganz. We all know how that turned out. I just hope Pioli goes through ALL the options before making his decision. If Crennel then turns out to be the best man for the job, I’ll be on board til he proves otherwise. This is too big of a decision to be made by listening to players emotional pleas alone.

  • January 2, 2012  - Tenand6 says:

    Agree, Milkman. Haley changed the culture here and if Crennel can maintain that, fine. But if he eases off the conditioning and lets the players slide backwards, that’s not moving forward.

    If the Chiefs go out and get a real QB, Crennel will probably work out just fine.

    If he’s healthy, the Chiefs should go after Peyton Manning. Manning should want to come here. We have a weak division. The team is not that far away, given his presence. We can afford him. Crennel would be a good fit and Manning will be his own coordinator.

    Get a new special teams coach and we would be in good shape to make the playoffs as long as Manning plays at a high level.

  • January 2, 2012  - TDKC says:

    Well Manning does play great in Arrowhead

  • January 2, 2012  - Niblick says:

    I agree that who players want as coach should not be the determing factor in Pioli’s decision. He should evaluate all the options as coach, and at least interview the ones he thinks could perhaps be the best choice. I think Romeo is the front runner and I don’t like McDaniels as an option. I’m not sure about Fisher. I hear different reports whther he is an option. I heard he is interviewing in Miami and Tampa this week. I also hear he wants an established QB, and we may not have that in his mind.

  • January 2, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    Edj- you got more time on your hands than I do for sure. The quote you dug up from my GB victory high is accurate.
    After getting razzed by my Bears friends all week before the Raidas about how bad THEY thought Orton was, I guess I shouldn’t have surprised by his performance vs Oak. As Bob stsated in his game coverage he cost us a minimum of 3 pts on each INT. He also fish-flopped on a crucial 3rd down.
    Add to that his lack of effectiveness at Denver (7pts) and he has shown why 2 NFL teams have given up on him.
    I don’t “hate” Orton. I was really angry he cost us the Raidas game. Before that I was disappointed he took the maximum time to report in November which made him unprepared for the Bears.
    If he’ll sign for the minimum (which he won’t) then it’s ok to keep him as a back up.

    We all agree the O-line must be fixed first and foremost. I like your idea of moving Albert to RT and Lilja to a back up. That means we need a ready to play LT and either a Center or LG whichever Hudson doesn’t play. Then a competent reserve or developing rookie.

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