The Kansas City Chiefs are playing their first preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals. You should expect the Chiefs to play their starters for 2 series. I don’t expect big things, for the starters, on either side of the ball. The Chiefs want to get through this game without any injuries especially to the starters. On offense I want to see how the timing is between Matt Cassell and the receivers especially Jon Baldwin. For the starters on defense I want to see them play with intensity and not allow any points.
After the first quarter the back-ups will be playing for the rest of the game. During this part I mainly watch the rookies and see how they are adjusting to the NFL. The rookie I am most excited to see play is Dontari Poe. My expectations for him this game is not that high because it is his first game as a pro. However, I hope to see him flash his potential. Even though Dontari is the main rookie I am watching there is a myriad of other rookies that I will keep my eye on. I am especially interested to see the rookie wide receivers play. The rookie wide receivers that I will keep my eye on are Devon Wylie, Josh Bellamy, and Junior Hemingway. I am not sure whether Junior will be playing tonight due to Injury.
The last two players I will be watching is Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzi. Brady and Ricky are in the middle of a quarterback battle fighting to become the back up. I am more excited to see Ricky Stanzi play then Brady because I want to see if Ricky has made any progress following last season.
O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? Romeo Crennel is here, in Kansas City, as the Chiefs new head coach. Crennel is the 12th head coach in Chiefs history, a franchise that has failed to establish a long-tenured head coach since the 1990’s when Marty Schottenheimer coached Kansas City for just over a decade.
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Crennel has been around the game of football for nearly 45 years. He started his coaching career in the college ranks with Western Kentucky University as the defensive line coach in 1970. After 4 years with the Hilltoppers, Crennel became a defensive assistant at Texas Tech University. Following his tenure at Texas Tech, Crennel moved on to Georgia Tech, where he was the defensive line coach for the Yellow Jackets in 1980. Crennel finally got his shot in the NFL as a special teams assistant the following season for the New York Giants.
After two season with New York, Crennel became head special teams coach for the Giants for seven seasons (1983-1989), where he was reunited with his former mentor, Bill Parcells, who helped guide Crennel at Texas Tech in the mid 1970’s.
Crennel was instrumental in building the “big blue machine” of the 1980’s in New York. Under the direction of Parcells, the Giants won 2 Super Bowl Championships (1986, 1990) with Crennel on the staff as defensive line coach and assistant head coach.
When Parcells stepped down as Giants head coach following Super Bowl XXV, Crennel stayed with the team under the two year tenure of Ray Handley. Crennel then left New York and worked as the defensive line coach for the New England Patriots for four seasons (1993-1996) and for the New York Jets for three seasons (1997-1999) during the time that Parcells was the head coach for each franchise. Romeo finally got his shot as a defensive coordinator in 2000 when he filled the role for long time friend Bill Belichick for the Cleveland Browns. When Belichick was hired as New England’s head coach just one year later, Belichick took Crennel with him and appointed to the same position, defensive coordinator.
Crennel was apart of possibly the greatest NFL dynasty of the modern era in New England as the Patriots defensive coordinator for the Super Bowl championship seasons of 2001, 2003, and 2004. Crennel was named NFL defensive assistant of the year all 3 years.Following the 2004 season, Crennel was interviewed by the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins, and St. Louis Rams as a potential candidate for a head coaching job. Crennel decided to return to Cleveland to be the head coach of the Cleveland Browns where he was hired on March 4th, 2005.
Crennel went 6-10 and 4-12 in his first two seasons with the Browns, finishing last or tied for last in the AFC North and missing the playoffs each year. The Browns finished the 2007 season with a 10-6 record, just falling short of making the playoffs. Crennel’s success in the 2007 season earned him a two-year contract extension in January 2008. On December 29th, 2008, following a disappointing 4-12 season and another last place finish by the Browns, Crennel was fired.
Romeo led the Browns to a disappointing 24-40 record in his 4 seasons with Cleveland. The Browns finished last in the AFC North 3 of his 4 seasons as head coach, and they failed to reach the postseason.
Crennel did not coach anywhere in 2009, but was hired in prior to the 2010 season by the Chiefs. He was the defensive coordinator for Kansas City in 2010, where the Chiefs won their first AFC West Division title since 2003.
Following Todd Haley’s termination as the team’s head coach in 2011, Crennel was named the team’s interim head coach for the remaining 3 games of the season. Crennel lead the Chiefs to a 2-1 record over the final 3 games, highlighted by a 19-14 win over the then undefeated Green Bay Packers at Arrowhead Stadium.
Crennel has served as coordinators under all-time greats like Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick and has won 5 Super Bowl titles under the formentioned coaches, but failed in his only stint as a head coach in Cleveland. Under Crennel, the Chiefs defense certainly has improved over the last couple of seasons. But how will Crennel handle the roll of being head coach? Only time will tell, but I think it is safe to say that without Parcells and Belichick, Romeo would not be in the position he is in today. But after all, Belicheck failed in Cleveland as a head coach, too, and he is by far the most accomplished NFL head coach in the last 25 years. Hopefully similar things will happen for Romeo and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Spencer: So by now you’ve probably heard about the vacant coaching spot for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Blase: And like us, you probably have certain guys you want to see as the head coach. I mean, let’s face it, seeing Bill Cowher in Red and Yellow would be interesting to say the least.
Spencer: But our hopes aren’t set on getting Bill Cowher (we’re being realistic). We’ve heard the question discussed and thought we would duke it out ourselves.
Should the Chiefs hire Romeo (Bromeo) Crennel?
Spencer: For me, I think the Chiefs should definitely hire Romeo Crennel as their head coach for next year.
Blase: You had to say it. Well, just to warn you, I caught five shrimp tonight at the Japanese Steakhouse (always a competition in my family) and let’s just say I’m on top of my game. So don’t say I didn’t warn you. I have to politely disagree with you: Crennel is not the answer for the Chiefs organization. As much as I love the big guy, I see some major issues with the hire.
Spencer: Let me explain, Crennel has the backing of the players behind him. After taking over the job as the interim head coach, he rallied the troops and managed to beat the undefeated Packers. That was a solid win. Someone needs to get a video of that Gatorade bath. The calm, cool “I’ve done this a million times” look on Crennel’s face was priceless. Not to mention, his headset was dislodged after the Gatorade hit him. Come on, who wouldn’t want a coach like that.
Blase: You’re right the players are behind him. But, just because he has the backing of the players doesn’t necessarily mean he should be hired. Having confidence in a coach is one thing, but if the coach can’t give the players the tool’s to win then that confidence means absolutely nothing.
Spencer: You do realize that Crennel arguably led the strongest part of the Chiefs team this year, the defense?
Blase: I’m well aware of that, but go back and look at the stats. These are the amount of points the Chiefs gave up each game respectively: 41, 48, 20, 17, 24, 0, 20, 31, 17, 34, 13, 3, 37, 14, and 13. That looks pretty inconsistent to me. And am I wrong or was that the exact reason Pioli fired Haley in the first place—he was too inconsistent.
Spencer: Yes, but you have to admit. Having a coach with a lot of jewelry is appealing. He’s been there and done that. His five rings are proof of that. And the stat with the points can be slightly credited to the offense that couldn’t move the ball or control the clock. And don’t you think you’re forgetting something (or someone I suppose): Eric Berry, easily one of the best safeties in the NFL.
Blase: But during his time as head coach with the Cleveland Browns, his combined record was 24-40. I think that’s a tell-tale sign that, while he may be able to handle the defense, I’m not sold he can lead a whole team.
Spencer: That’s what the offensive coordinator is for… We could go on for days, but I think we will stop there. Alright, for the other two serious candidates that the Chiefs are considering, check out the below information.
Blase: And please, Clark Hunt, spend money on Jeff Fisher.
Coach Fisher was previously the head coach of the Tennessee Titans for a total of 16 seasons. While he is known as an offensive line specialist, Coach Fisher has been around the block long enough to know how to handle a team with “special” personalities that the Chiefs have on their hands (we’re looking at you Jonathan Baldwin and Dwayne Bowe). As the head coach of the Titans he led the team to a combined record of 146-120 in his 16 seasons. He led a 13-3 Titans team to the Super Bowl in 1999, but lost to the St. Louis Rams 23-16 (That game went down as an instant classic. One yard. Just one yard. I’m sure Coach Fisher and the Titans have nightmares about that play all the time). He has made the playoffs six times.
The Roast of Josh McDaniels
Josh McDaniels’s resume makes me want to run the other way and beg for Todd Haley to return. At the time of his hiring, as head coach of the Broncos, he was the youngest head coach in the NFL. In his first season, McDaniels managed to go 8-8 in a division that was well below average. The second season was a disaster. The Broncos had a regular season record of 3-9 in 2010, when he was fired. He moved on from the firing and pursued a job as the offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams where he was incredible at calling all the wrong plays. With the Rams, McDaniels’s offense put up staggering numbers for all the wrong reasons. The offense led the league in fewest points SCORED and was second to last in yards. The offense also was able to land in the top ten for turning the ball over (21 times). The bright spot on the season is the two wins, one against the New Orleans Saints… we will just leave out the thirteen loses. In regards to the Chiefs, it seems like Pioli wants Josh as a puppet, I mean head coach… Scott wants some one that will not challenge his drafts or his trades. That guinea pig could be Coach McDaniels if Pioli gets his way.