Romeo Says Don’t Jump Off The Bandwagon

From the Truman Sports Complex

Romeo Crennel knows that his team’s performance over the first quarter of the 2012 season has not been what anybody expected. Crennel also knows that the 17-point loss to San Diego on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium may have been a tipping point for many Chiefs fans.

But the head coach says hang in there and don’t walk away from this year’s squad just yet.

“I can understand that with a performance like that they want to be done, but they shouldn’t be because it’s still early in the season,” Crennel said Monday afternoon when he met with the media horde after speaking with his team. “I know that the indication that they have is that it’s not going to get any better, but I still believe that this team can be better and will be better

“I understand that there’s a lot of disappointment out there and I’m disappointed as well.”

Crennel also renewed his support of embattled starting quarterback Matt Cassel.

“I think Matt is the quarterback and I think that what he’s been able to show is that he can make plays,” said Crennel. “Even after we had those turnovers he came back and drove the team down the field. We think that he’s capable and we just have to get him to be more consistent.”

He also followed up his post-game comments, saying he still wasn’t sure what happened with his team against the Chargers.

“I really can’t tell you why we played the way we played,” said Crennel. “I was not expecting us to play that way. If you turn the ball over it’s hard to win.

“We’re disappointed. We’re disappointed for the fans we’re disappointed for the players and we’re going to try to do better and we’re going to try to work to make it better. I still think that we have talent on the team but the talent has to play better. That’s what I told them today, that we have to be more competitive so that we can be in the games and have a chance to win.”

15 Responses to “Romeo Says Don’t Jump Off The Bandwagon”

  • October 1, 2012  - txchief says:

    I don’t think there’s a bandwagon to jump off anymore. That was a pitiful game played by an unprepared, unmotivated team, especially at QB. I hope the scouting department was watching the West Virginia game. The Chiefs need to draft Geno Smith. He’s a football god. At this rate, KC won’t have to move up to get him at the top of the first round next spring.

  • October 1, 2012  - el cid says:

    The funny part is the roster is better than herm had. If we had some coaching, this roster should be good enough to compete. Not win anything significant but winning record.

    It does not. No one want to fire beloved Crennel and Hunt loves Pioli and therefor Cassel. So we are stuck with a losing team, losing mentality, and loser management.

  • October 1, 2012  - Donald says:

    I don’t think we’re going to have to worry about jumping off the bandwagon. We’ll be able to just step off after the wheels finish coming off.

  • October 1, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Bandwagon, my ass. That’s a submarine with all the windows rolled down. Crennel, it’s time to sink or swim.

  • October 1, 2012  - ED J says:

    We can keep changing coaches and Gm’s we need Qb. Plain and simple this organization will go another 19 yrs before we win a playoff game. At some point we have to get QB. Stop changing coaches and GMs only to get another Matt Cassel, Steve Bono, Elvis Grabac, etc. We need get Qb its time. We haven’t drafted Qb in the 1st rd since i was born that is ridiculous. At some point Hunt got to say hey we’re going to do what it takes to get a QB. Whether we trade 3 1st rd pick or whatever it takes to get top 5 pick to go get the Qb.

  • October 1, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    Edj- you were born after ’85? Wow, you as young or younger than my son. Sounds like you read up on our Chiefs like he does. Of course he’s been a STH since ’89 when he was 3 I started taking him to every game.

    He thinks we are stuck with Romeo and Cassel for this year. Then Pioli will dump them both at the end of the season to save himself. Then he’ll hire a young offensive coach and draft a QB 1st round.

    Myself, I’d like to save this season (because I paid $3500 for this year). I say bring Marty back as HC, move Romeo back to DC with his same pay. Then ask what Miami wants for Matt Moore. He knows Daboll’s offense.

    Outside the box a bit huh? ;)

  • October 1, 2012  - el cid says:

    Out of the box, huh.

    Run the wildcat with McCluster, bench QBs and WRs replace with OLineman to run block. Face defenses with 11 men in the box and lose.

  • October 1, 2012  - FearTheKingdom says:

    Blah blah blah blabber blabber blabber.. It’s TURNOVERS. Simple fix. Turnovers. I can’t recall a team EVER that has had the turnover issue deep inside their own end like this team.. This coaching staff will game plan simplicity to what Cassel does best…hand the ball to the running back and walk off the field after a three and out. Hey, it’s better than walking off the field with that dumb helpless shell shocked look on his face after he throws a pick. Back to the days of Colquitt for MVP.

  • October 1, 2012  - johnfromfairfax says:

    The regulars here at least have me laughing my @#* off if nothing else. Cy, I already told you I’m on board with your Marty plan. Unlike many others, I realized a great coach when we had him and was sorry to see him leave. Tx, I was at the game this week and watched what Geno Smith did and have watched him since he arrived in Morgantown and he is the real deal. I don’t know if I’ve seen a college QB throw a better deep ball or with more accuracy in a long time. I would love to see us get him but unfortunately I don’t see the PUnt duo pulling the trigger to make it happen. Maybe the new coach and GM will surprise us though, you never know.

  • October 1, 2012  - ED J says:

    Yea 1983 that’s when i was born which was last time this organization drafted a quarterback. As fan it sickens me watch us still run this organization like we’re in the 50′s. We have to realize in today’s NFL its all about QB. Not head coach or GM get the Qb. If we continue to change GM’s and head coaches we will get more of the same. Mediocre football where either we stink really bad or we win just enough games to make the playoffs and then get bounced in the 1st round. Heck I don’t even remember what it was like to win a playoff game. How embarrassing is that to say as a fan. I was a 11 years old when we won a freaking playoff game and barely can remember it. That’s the shame of it all.

    Bottom line as a fan I’m not going let up and you shouldn’t either. Don’t let media or other fans manipulate you into the shiny new head coach or GM is going to save the day. I don’t care who we hire as head coach Cowher, Gruden, or even Marty. Don’t care who we bring in as GM. I really don’t care if Pioli and Crennel are back. As of right now my loyalty to REd and Gold is on the line either they go draft a franchise QB in the 1st round of next year’s draft or I’m done with this team PERIOD. Its time this organization get with the times stop making same mistakes it has made year after year regime after regime with these retread quarterbacks.

  • October 1, 2012  - aPauled says:

    Uhhh Romeo, when you are in a hole..quit digg’n. Nobody “wants to be done”. Nobody wants to hear “it’s a marathon”. Fans want some sense of urgency and some changes to get this headed in the right direction. The team was so unprepared that it couldn’t even kick a gimme extra point. No leadership…on or off the field.

  • October 2, 2012  - spellchecker says:

    It’s about talent when you get to the pro level at any sport. The worst team in the NFL would annihilate the best team in the BCS. The worst team in junior college would cream the best high school team.

    This isn’t the same team Romeo coached at the end of last year. Some guys–Orton, Battle, Jones–are gone. The supposed great signings–Hillis, Boss, Winston–have yet to make a splash.

    Of the guys who are returning from injury only Jamaal Charles seems like his old self.

    Every time Arenas makes a big return on punts it gets called back.

    I am finally through making excuses for Cassel; but he has had 7 offensive coordinators in 4 years and is running for his life on most snaps.

    They let Brandon Carr walk away and replaced him with Routt. Barry Richardson is laughing at Eric Winston. There is a reason these guys were available.

    They keep trying to force feed the ball to Dexter McCluster who is ok; but nothing special like we expected.

    The only guys making plays are Bowe and Charles on offense and Johnson and Houston of defense with a little Pitoitua.

    The Cheaps are a paper tiger.

  • October 2, 2012  - leonard kryston says:

    Ed. I don’t see any team coming to hire you as a consultant. Biggest issue is that they are not all on the same page. It took 7 games in Miami for them to get Dabols offense. Cassel is bad, and should be addressed, but 7 OC’s in 4 years is hard to overcome also. We will see, but these guys could just win this weekend. Never know.

  • October 2, 2012  - TimR says:

    Romeo is saying what he has to say regarding Cassel – for now. The problem is that when a QB cannot be consistent, that’s the point at which everybody should recognize that he’s nothing but a backup. Romeo’s problem is that Pioli’s ego has burdened the club because he wasn’t true to his word about QB competition and has not provided Romeo with any REAL options.

  • October 3, 2012  - R W says:

    I heard a Tony Dungy interview recently on the topic of a head coach changing QBs. According to Tony, it’s a last resort move because once done, that starter is done. Over and out, kaput, and cannot be brought back because his credibility and confidence will never be close to good enough.

    I’m paraphrasing a bit here but the point was well made which is why so many head coaches will give their designated starter every chance to turn his performance around. But how long can a coach go with his starter when the losses pile up and his, the coach, has his own job in peril?

    That’s a semblance of what we’re looking at in the Romeo/Cassel issue right now. Mix in the gestapo GM looking over Romeo’s shoulder and we have a recipe for continued angst. Something’s gotta give but when will it give? Stay tuned.

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