Dec 16, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel reacts after the game against the Oakland Raiders at the O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Chiefs 15-0. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Crennel Listed Among Worst Modern Coaches


One of the major reasons why there is renewed optimism around the Kansas City Chiefs is because of the tremendous upgrade at head coach with the hiring of Andy Reid. While Romeo Crennel was considered by all accounts to be a good guy, his ability to coach a modern football team proved to be non-existent in his one year as Chiefs head coach.

Not only was Crennel terrible with the Chiefs but he also struggled to win games as the head man for the Cleveland Browns. His poor production in his five years of head coaching in the NFL led Deadspin to rank him as one of the top 16 worst head coaches of the modern era.

Crennel coached five full seasons on his own with the Browns and the Chiefs. He lost at least 10 games in four of them, and his face assumed the expression of a man eternally on the cusp of a deep, existential wince.

Crennel was 28-55 as a head coach for the Browns and Chiefs, and lost at least 12 games in three of the five full seasons he was a head coach. Part of his problem was he was never able to develop and/or acquire a reasonable starting quarterback. The list of quarterbacks to start for Crennel leads one to think Matt Cassel should be in the Hall of Fame.

Trent Dilfer
Charlie Frye
Derek Anderson
Ken Dorsey
Brady Quinn
Bruce Gradkowski
Kyle Orton
Cassel

All of those quarterbacks started at least one game for Crennel over the course of the 83 games was the active head coach. That’s going to lead to a lot of losses, folks.

Still, the point of this is a little less about how bad Crennel was as a head coach but how much the quality of coaching should improve for the Chiefs in 2013. Reid was listed as the 10th best coach in the NFL right now in Elliot Harrison’s NFL Head Coach Power Rankings on NFL.com, siting his five NFC title games and Super Bowl appearance. In the 14 years Reid has been a head coach he has lost 10 or more games in a season three times – or one less than Crennel did in five seasons as a head coach. In fact, Reid has won 10 or more games in a season eight times, and has had just two losing seasons since 2000.

Everyone around the NFL likes to comment on how good the Chiefs roster is, especially at the top. If those assertions turn out to be true and the Chiefs have upgraded from the 11th worst head coach in modern football to the 10th best active coach in the NFL then the Chiefs should be making a dramatic turnaround in 2013.

Tags: Andy Reid Kansas City Chiefs Romeo Crennel

  • jayhwk01

    Was sad to see him go.

    • Ben Nielsen

      What are your thoughts on Andy Reid given your sad connection to the NFC East?

      • jayhwk01

        LOL…Well I will put my usual Chefs hatred aside and give you my “unbiased” opinion. I think KC got the best available coach out there during the off season. I think you have a guy who should have left Philly about 3 years ago and IMO he will find the KC fans and media very refreshing so some of the pressures of the past are gone. He is a gambler when he knows he has play makers which I think the last two seasons in Philly got him in some trouble. Often his big play guys were either hurt and he would force it with lesser guys or his play makers would just fumble. VIck for example seemed to fumble anytime he was hit from behind.

        KC really only has one true HR hitter IMHO and that is Charles. Reid will utilize him more than Romeo or Haley ever did. You have Bowe but for my money he is so inconsistent you can’t count on him and really he is not a burner. IMHO he is a marginal 1 receiver to an outstanding 2 receiver. He will be better under Reid I think and the addition of Alex Smith will help a lot. Reid IMO under utilizes the TE. He had Brent Celek who is not Jason Witten or Tony Gonzalez but he is a top 5 or 6 TE and Reid did not use him enough because again he likes the big gainers. KC has Fassano and Moeaki who are nowhere near the class of Celek, let alone Witten, or Tony G so I can’t see Reid drawing a lot of plays for the KC TEs.

        I like Reid a lot and I hated the Cowboys had to go against him twice a year so I am glad he is out of Philly despite his last couple of seasons. I think the will bring the Chefs to 8-8 to 9-7 assuming Charles and Smith stay healthy. Now I know that is going to draw some ire from Chefs Nation but that is a 6 to 7 game improvement in one season so if you put in those terms I think you have a really good to great Coach because that is a lot of games especially in a very weak division and the Broncos who are the class of the AFC West are only one big hit from their season going down the drain. My only question for Reid now is does he turn into Mike Holmgren and his best coaching days are just past him. I don’t think so personally. KC has a good one and it pains me to say it but KC probably improved more than any team in the NFL in the off season. I relished every bit of the KC two win circus last year and under Reid that just will not happen.

        • Ben Nielsen

          It is weird reading you saying nice things. Haha

          Good stuff, tho. I’m a fan of the Reid/Dorsey combo so far. We’ll see where it goes.

        • Joel Wagler

          Wow – I bet that hurt. LOL.

          • jayhwk01

            Nah…I am counting on the KC sports curse to make sure that 8-8 is never achieved.