Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli touched down in Indianapolis alongside Head Coach Romeo Crennel Thursday afternoon. The presence of the two men together might simply be a travel coincidence.
Super Bowl festivities draw top football personnel from all 32 NFL teams.
Of course, Pioli and Crennel's trip to Indy could also be related to the team’s search for a new offensive coordinator.
Whatever the itinerary holds for the two men in Indianapolis, Crennel says that the Chiefs are close to naming a new offensive coordinator. A deal could potentially be reached over the weekend.
“We are still working through that process and I hope to have it done relatively soon now, because we’ve had a couple weeks now that we’ve been talking to guys,” Crennel told Soren Petro of 810 WHB on Radio Row at the Super Bowl XLVI media center.
“We are a lot closer, and I think that we will be able to get some things done over the weekend.”
Most expected this to be a quiet week in Kansas City with the focus of the NFL world on Indianapolis. Instead, it’s been one of the most active weeks since Crennel was promoted to head coach on January 9th.
Three staff members were let go on Monday and one was added. Then, on Wednesday afternoon, offensive coordinator Bill Muir decided to call it a career after 47 seasons around the game.
Muir’s retirement came as a bit of a surprise, even to Crennel.
Rumors of Muir’s retirement swirled shortly after the season ended, but Crennel wanted the veteran coach to continue instructing the team’s offensive line and Muir’s presence at the Senior Bowl last week was a strong indicator he’d be back.
The only staff members missing in Mobile – receivers coach Richie Anderson, assistant offensive line coach Pat Perles and special teams coach Steve Hoffman - were the three coaches who Crennel later announced would not be retained.
It’s been an active week, but it doesn’t change the Chiefs approach to finding an offensive coordinator.
Crennel made it clear at his introductory press conference more than three weeks ago that a search for a new coordinator, both internal and external, would be conducted. Even if Muir had decided to keep coaching, he wasn’t going to return as the Chiefs OC in 2012.
“It’s one of those things that just now popped up,” Crennel said of Muir’s retirement. “So now I have to extend my search a little bit, because I have to include an offensive line coach in that search.”
So who are the Chiefs talking to?
I don’t have names, but I’m certain that the team has talked to candidates beyond those who’ve already hit the public eye.
“We’ll work through it, but I think we should be able to tell everyone relatively soon who we have and how we’re going to go forward,” Crennel said.