The angst of the fans of the Kansas City Chiefs could very well be ignored and Romeo Crennel could keep his job as head coach of the team moving into 2013. Let me say upfront that I would be 100% against this move by Pioli and Hunt. However, as I’ve been reviewing possible future coaches for Kansas City, let’s review Romeo’s candidacy in the same light.
- 2005-2008, Cleveland Browns, 24-40, zero playoff appearances
- 2011-2012, Kansas City Chiefs, 4-14, zero playoff appearances
History would tell us that Romeo Crennel is not a winner. The statistics tell us that Romeo is not a winner. But 18 games ago, he was overwhelmingly the popular choice to become the head coach of the Chiefs. Much of this “feeling” was the result of a very emotional and overwhelming beat down of the Green Bay Packers. Scott Pioli and Clark Hunt fell into the trap of the emotional side of the decision, instead of looking at the statistics.
There is, however, a feeling in NFL circles that anyone who has been with the Cleveland Browns organization deserves another break, the franchise is just that sick. Romeo Crennel definitely got that second chance in Kansas City and it has ended just as poorly, if not worse. He even went back to his old QB, Brady Quinn, and that hasn’t helped him either.
So, what reasons would Hunt and Pioli (assuming he gets to be in on the decision), give for retaining Crennel as the head coach? There is only one reason, his players love him. It’s a very emotional, touchy/feely type of a scenario. The problem is, that in most cases, perennial winning coaches are not “loved” by their players. I recently watched the amazing movie “Miracle” about the 1980 US Hockey Team. I was too young to know, but I assume the movie is at least somewhat accurate about the distance Herb Brooks kept from his players. In many cases, it’s easier to motivate a player from a distance, and with a “disgruntled” demeanor, than a nice one. We wish it weren’t this way, but it just seems to be.
Bill Belichick is not loved. Tom Coughlin is not loved. Phil Jackson was not loved. They were liked, and respected, but not loved.
If Romeo Crennel is retained, his relationships with the players will be the reason. Maybe for one more game against the Denver Broncos this Sunday, he can fire them up using that relationship. Maybe they will play a good, not great, but good game and show people that Romeo deserves another shot. I will never be a believer in Romeo, but it’s not too far fetched to think that Pioli and Hunt will. Personally, I hope the Chiefs lose big, and make it easy for Hunt/Pioli to let Crennel go.