What Romeo Had to Say

Romeo Crennel spoke to the media on Tuesday for the first time since he was named head coach of the Chiefs, replacing the fired Todd Haley.

And head coach is what his title is – at no point did team chairman Clark Hunt and GM Scott Pioli use the term “interim” when they announced the promotion of their defensive coordinator on Monday. Pioli said that Crennel will definitely be considered for the head coaching job in 2012.

A four-year stint as head coach of the Cleveland Browns did not end well when he was fired after the 2008 season, finishing with a 24-40 record. Crennel wants another chance.

“I would like to be a head coach again to show that I can do it, I know how to get it done and I think the experience from the first time will make me better the next time around,” Crennel said. “Otherwise I don’t know if I would have taken the position to try and finish out this season if I didn’t want to be a head coach again.”

Crennel said he would continue to coordinate the Chiefs defense over the final three games, while Bill Muir will do the same with the offense. There might be some shifting of duties within the coaching staff, but Crennel said it’s important in this situation not to roil the waters too much.

“I think the best way for us to have a chance to be the most successful at the moment is not to create too many distractions and me being named the head coach, that’s a distraction,” said Crennel. “So I don’t want to have a distraction on offense, a distraction on defense, and a distraction of the whole team so I’m going to continue to call the plays on defense and have input into the offense and run the game on Sunday.”

The focus in recent weeks with the Chiefs offense has been the quarterback position, so naturally one of the first questions directed to Crennel was who his starting quarterback would be this Sunday against Green Bay.

“I’ve got a couple of guys on the team and I’m going to look at everything that’s available, every option that I have, then I’m going to make a decision about who it’s going to be,” Crennel said. “Green Bay right now, they don’t know much about me or what my choice might be offensively so I’m not going to try and give them an advantage at the moment. So I’m going to take the next couple of days and look at the guys that we have and how they do in practice and then make a decision about who the guy is going to be and then we are going to go forward with that guy.”

Crennel will not only consider Tyler Palko and Kyle Orton be in that discussion, but so rookie Ricky Stanzi. “I’m willing to play whoever I think is the best guy that will give us the best chance to move the ball efficiently on offense and try to get some points on the board,” he said.

When they terminated Haley as head coach, Hunt and Pioli kept pointing to the inconsistent play of the team as the reason he was fired. Although they could not define specifically what was creating the inconsistency, Crennel heard the words and knows what has to change if he wants to keep the job.

“Trying to put an emphasis on getting touchdowns will be a plus and if we can get that done that will be helpful and that will be a sign of progress,” Crennel said of the offense. “The other thing is to get the defense to be consistent. Sometimes the defense, we play good, and real good. And then other times we play hard but not as good. So defensively we need to be consistent all the way through.

“Those are some of the things I’m going to be looking for and trying to get accomplished these next three weeks.”


9 Responses to “What Romeo Had to Say”

  • December 13, 2011  - ED J says:

    No way Crennel going start Palko after his terrible performances last 4 games. He’ll either go with Orton if healthy which I doubt according to Trent Green he believes the cold weather in KC will delay the healing process on Orton finger which would prevent him from being able to really grip the ball so I expect Stanzi to start remainder of the season.


  • December 13, 2011  - txchief says:

    Go Romeo! I’d like to see him have success. He’s a great defensive mind and has done well with what he had to work with on the defense this year. He and a great OC would be a potent coaching combo. Too bad Haley ran off Charlie Weis (and Chan Gailey).

    I agree with ED J, let’s see Stanzi. Orton could compete next year or be a backup, but he’s also worth a compensatory pick if released before the season begins.


  • December 13, 2011  - el cid says:

    Crennel was the DC with a unit that was sharp or road kill. Not my guy.

    QB – pick one, not much left on the roster.

    Against GB, defense must hold GB to less than 10, something no one has done all year. Then somehow, someway the offense has to score over 10 points. Hard to do with the 2011 Chiefs.


  • December 13, 2011  - Niblick says:

    Crennel was a breath of fresh air in the way he handled questions and conducted himself. He would not be my one of my top top choices for head coach. However I would prefer him strongly over McDaniels. I keep hearing Jeff Fisher, but there will be a bidding war for him. There are probably other names out there that are on Pioli’s radar. I’m not sure if Brian Billick would be a good choice. He does have a super bowl ring and is an good offensive mind. Just a couple of names I’ve heard.


  • December 13, 2011  - txchief says:

    At this point, it would seem that the goal for the rest of the season would be to give the younger players game time to see what they can do. Winning more games just screws up draft position.


  • December 13, 2011  - ED J says:

    Don’t want Billick what offense did he produce in Baltimore that’s why he was fired. His defense helped produce those championships along with great defensive coordinator and future coordinators on staff Mike Nolan, Rex Ryan, and Marvin Lewis to name a few.


  • December 13, 2011  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Here we go. I’ve heard and read nothing so far that gives me hope. None of the names being thrown around (at least those that are realistic) instill me with confidence either. I’ve always tried to be an optimistic fan but it’s getting harder and harder. We’ll see what happens but if you ask me what to expect I’ll respond with the word of Clubber Lang, “Pain!”


  • December 13, 2011  - JB says:

    Well gee I’m thinkin’ a 24-40 head coach sounds like the perfect PC choice for the NFL but not for Chiefs fans


  • December 14, 2011  - Kenny says:

    Didn’t agree with the firing of Haley but no use spending any more time whining about who should or shouldn’t be the coach. It’s Romeo.

    If the team responds well to him, then fantastic. I’d love to see this group of guys who work hard every week, go out with some wins and end the year on a positive note. Maybe get something to build on for next year.

    BTW- It’s very possible the rest of the division could lose enough of their remaining games to make it interesting against the donkeys.




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