Chiefs offensive coordinator Bill Muir and head coach Romeo Crennel began a working relationship 15 years ago as assistant coaches with the New York Jets. Muir coached New York’s offensive line. Crennel instructed the Jets defensive front.
It was in New York a bond first developed between the two coaches.
During practices, Muir and Crennel would pair linemen against one another for competition and the competitiveness of the drills often reached the two coaches as well. It was an environment that spawned a long-lasting friendship between the two men.
Recently, the two friends began discussing Muir’s coaching future.
Crennel wanted Muir to stay. Muir, 69, thought things over and even travelled to the Senior Bowl last week as a member of the Chiefs coaching staff. On Wednesday afternoon, however, Muir had reached an official decision regarding his coaching future.
After 34 seasons in the NFL, Muir told his friend that he would retire.
“I am excited for Bill as he moves into retirement,” Crennel said. “I have known him for a long time and he is one of the finest coaches I’ve ever been around and an even better person. Bill is a very good friend and I have a great deal of respect for the way he worked. It was a privilege to work alongside him.”
Muir cited the reason for his retirement as personal. The hours had piled up over the years for Muir, who coached 13 seasons in college football and other professional leagues before breaking into the NFL as a scout for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1978.
Respected across all levels of football, Muir retires owning 47 years of coaching and scouting expertise. Muir originally came to Kansas City as the club’s offensive line coach in 2009 and was elevated to the offensive coordinator position in 2011.
"It has been an honor to be a part of this great league for so long," Muir said. "Over the years I've made a lot of great friends and worked with many talented players and coaches. This was a personal decision for me, the timing was right. The Chiefs are in great hands with Romeo and Scott and I wish them nothing but the best.”
In addition to working with Crennel, Muir has a longstanding relationship with Chiefs GM Scott Pioli as well. The two also began working with one another as members of the New York Jets in the late 1990s. Pioli served as New York’s Director of Pro Personnel at the time.
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Bill,” said Pioli. “I have worked with him for a long time and have witnessed him develop a number of very good football players. His contributions are very much appreciated and he will be missed. We wish him the best moving forward.”
Prior to joining the Chiefs, Muir served as the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach for seven seasons with Tampa Bay (2002-08) and was part of a Buccaneers club that posted a 48-21 victory in Super Bowl XXXVII vs. Oakland. While he was with Tampa Bay, the club won three division championships as the team posted a 3-2 postseason record during that time.
Muir spent seven campaigns with the Jets (’95-01) as the club’s offensive line coach. Prior to joining the Jets, Muir spent three seasons as the offensive line coach with Philadelphia (’92-94). In three seasons with Indianapolis (’89-91), he served as assistant head coach/offensive line coach (’91) and defensive coordinator (’89-90). Before that, he tutored the offensive line with Detroit (’85-88) and New England (’82-84). He originally entered the NFL ranks in the personnel department with Tampa Bay (’78-81) where he served as a pro scout (’79-81) and a scout (’78). Muir served as the offensive line coach with Houston/Shreveport (’74-75) of the World Football League and with Orlando (’68-69) of the Continental League.
Muir also has nine years of collegiate coaching experience. He was an assistant coach at SMU (’76-77), Idaho State (’72-73), Rhode Island (’70-71), Delaware Valley (’66-67) and Susquehanna (’65). He was a standout tackle at Susquehanna and was inducted into that school’s Hall of Fame in ’90 after being named one of the school’s “Top 100” players of all-time.
He is the fourth member of last year’s coaching staff Crennel will need to replace. Crennel announced on Monday that wide receivers coach Richie Anderson, assistant offensive line coach Pat Perles and special teams coach Steve Hoffman would not return in 2012.
Crennel filled Hoffman’s former role with the hiring of St. Louis Rams special teams coach Tom McMahon.
No other staff additions have been announced.