Romeo Crennel thought he might never get another chance to coach again after being fired by the Browns following the 2008 season. But the longtime defensive coach, who replaced Todd Haley on an interim basis for the final three games of the 2011 season, got the Chiefs’ job on a full-time basis. (graph)
“I was doubtful I’d get a second opportunity, but I’m glad I got that chance,” said Crennel, who was 24-40 with the Browns from 2005-08. Crennel went 2-1 in the Chiefs’ final three games, including an upset win over the unbeaten Packers at home and a road win over the Broncos that nearly knocked Denver out of the playoffs. (graph)
“I don’t know if [the final three games] helped or not, but it might have opened some eyes with the way the guys played,” said Crennel, a former assistant under Bill Parcells with the Giants and Bill Belichick with the Patriots. “I told [general manager Scott Pioli] and [Chiefs owner Clark] Hunt that I was just going to do the best I could for those three games and let the chips fall where they may.”
Crennel’s first big decision is at quarterback, and he’s keeping his options open moving forward. The team claimed Kyle Orton from the Broncos last season, but Orton’s contract is up. Matt Cassel returns from a hand injury, and Ricky Stanzi, a fifth-round pick in 2011, is also back.
“Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll go through an evaluation of the team, we’ll prioritize things and then we’ll make some decisions.”