Romeo Crennel is officially the first public candidate to be the next head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.
General Manager Scott Pioli stated yesterday that Crennel will receive consideration to continue as Chiefs head coach following the final three games of the 2011 season and Crennel officially threw his name into the mix Tuesday morning.
In a conference call with the Kansas City media, Crennel shared his desire to be the Chiefs next head football coach.
“I’d like to be a head coach again and show that I can get it done,” Crennel said.
Crennel previously served as head coach in Cleveland from 2005-08 and compiled a 24-40 overall record. In 2007 he led the Browns to a 10-6 record, which was Cleveland’s best season since finishing 11-5 in 1994.
“We won 10 games in Cleveland one year and had a chance to make the playoffs, but ultimately didn’t make it,” Crennel said. “The following year things kind of fell apart and they made a change, so I would like to be a head coach again to show that I can do it.
“I don’t think I would have taken this job to finish out the season as head coach if I didn’t want to be a head coach again.”
Crennel’s leadership will be on display for at least the next three weeks. He shed some light on how he plans to approach things going forward…
Crennel’s Contract: If Crennel isn’t hired as Kansas City’s next head coach, he still has one year left on his contract as defensive coordinator.
Crennel didn’t rule out returning as defensive coordinator in 2012, but made it clear that the next head coach should have the power to choose his own assistants.
“If I’m not the head coach, what I’d have to do is sit down and talk with the guy who is the head coach and decide if he wants me,” Crennel said. “I think that’s what the organization has to do. If they bring in someone else, they have to let that individual hire his own coaches to give him the best chance to be successful.”
Starting Quarterback: We have our first mystery of the Crennel era.
Crennel says he’s yet to decide on a starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against Green Bay, leaving the door open for rookie
“I’m going to look at everything that’s available and every option that I have, and then I’m going to make a decision about who it’s going to be,” Crennel said. “Green Bay doesn’t know much about me or what my choice might be offensively, so I’m not going to give them an advantage right now at the moment.
“I’ll take the next couple of days and then make a decision on whom that guys is going to be. Then we’ll go forward with that guy.”
Green Bay has already seen both Palko and Orton this season.
Orton completed 22-of-32 passes for 273 yards with three TDs and three INTs in Denver’s 49-23 loss to the Packers at Lambeau Field on October 2nd.
Palko completed 18-of-29 passes for 163 yards with a TD and two INTs against Green Bay’s reserves in the Chiefs preseason finale. Stanzi did not play in that game.
Offensive/Defensive Schemes: Crennel will continue to call the defensive plays while Bill Muir and Jim Zorn will work together on developing an offensive game plan.
“I think the best way for us to have a chance to be the most successful at this moment is to not create too many distractions,” Crennel said. “Me being named the head coach is a distraction. So, I don’t want to have a distraction on offense, a distraction on defense and a distraction on the whole team.”
Crennel went on to say that he’d take a different approach going forward if permanently named the head coach, but wanted to keep as much consistency as he could over the final three games of the season.