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CRENNEL CONTINUES IN CHARGE IN KANSAS CITY
Tue, 10 Jan 2012 03:23 PM EST

The Kansas City Chiefs executed Romeo Crennel the permanent head coach on Monday after he led the struggling team to two wins late in the season. NFL betting lines

Crennel had been the interim coach and the premiere candidate to replace Todd Haley, who was dismissed last month.

“We are really excited to name Romeo the new head coach of the Chiefs,” Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt announced in a ready statement. “In thirty years as a coach in the NFL, Romeo has proven a superb record of success, and we think his encounter and proven ability make him the most useful person to help us accomplish our goal of habitually competing for championships.”

Crennel, the former chief coach of the Cleveland Browns, had been working as defensive coordinator when managing director Scott Pioli made him the interim coach. He quickly united a disjointed locker room and immediately endeared himself to followers in Kansas City, leading a group that had been robbed by wounds over Green Bay, the Packers’ only loss this season.

Crennel’s lone defeat came in overtime against Oakland, which knocked the Chiefs (7-9) from playoff contention. But he rallied his group to a season-ending triumph over the Broncos, after which players spontaneously started to chant his name in the locker room in Denver. Football odds

“Romeo’s tremendous experience and intelligence have helped him obtain wins at the highest level,” Pioli said. “The determination in which he brings liability and respect among the team creates especially effective workplace surroundings and should be imperative in continuing to produce our young interior of players.”

Crennel was considered the front-runner to get the full time job not only because of his success over the last 3 weeks of the season, but due to his calm behavior and powerful ties to Pioli, whom he worked with over his days running the New Britain Patriots defense.

“I have a strong appreciation for the vision that Clark Hunt has and his dedication to making a championship-caliber team,” Crennel related. “I believe in the kind of players that we are attempting to win with and the identity we are trying to assemble.”

Pioli also spoke to previous Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher, Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin and former Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio prior to choosing the in-house applicant.

“It is an uncommon opportunity to be a part of an organization like the Kansas City Chiefs with its storied history and obsessed fans,” Crennel said, “and I’m eager to get to work and bring this organization and our aficionados the victory they merit.”

Crennel went 24-40 during 4 years in Cleveland, though the record is a little inaccurate.

He took over a suffering franchise short on ability and went 6-10 and 4-12 in his first 2 seasons, missing the playoffs annually. But his breakthrough came in 2007, when the Browns went 10-6 and fell slightly shy of the playoffs, earning Crennel a two year deal extension.

After falling back to 4-12, though, the affable Crennel was summarily discharged.

He figures to have a much better opportunity of success in Kansas City, where Pioli has locked up various young players to long-term deals and continues to rebuild an aging roster.

The Chiefs should be the favorites to win the wide-open AFC West next year. They virtually claimed a 2nd straight division crown notwithstanding losing 1 or 2 star players to season-ending wounds.

Tight end Tony Moeaki, All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles and Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry were lost to knee wounds by the second week of the season. Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Cassel joined them on hurt reserve in Week 10 after he hurt his throwing hand in a game against Denver.

Crennel will probably have to hire a defensive coordinator to replace him, and also may be in the market for a new offensive coordinator.

The Chiefs fought to move the ball under longtime assistant Bill Muir, who was in his first season as a coordinator. Muir has been contemplating retirement.

“Trying to put a staff together is a tricky offer, because maybe the fellows you would like aren’t available, so you’ve got to look other places. You end up trying to do the best you can, getting the best guys you get,” Crennel announced. “You have to conform and adjust as you go along.”


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