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Leader of the Flabbergasted Four!
Praise the gambling gods. Romeo Crennel is back in the league!
Any time you have the chance to hire a coach so bad that he inspired an Internet cartoon (The Flabbergasted Four!) you have to do it.
Crennel’s defense was middle of the pack at best. Yes, I’m aware that they lost one of their best players (Eric Berry), but he also got two games each against Tim Tebow and Carson Palmer, and others against Ryan Fitzpatrick, Donovan McNabb, Curtis Painter, Matt Moore, Caleb Hanie and Mark Sanchez.
That should guarantee any competent defense a top-10 ranking.
As a head coach in Cleveland, he led the Browns to a 24-40 record. He’s also a member of the Bill Belichick coaching tree. As history shows, the apple falls quite far from the tree. No former Belichick assistant has won a division as a head coach.
Oh, and Crennel was an interim coach before having the tag removed to get the job permanently. No coach has ever won a Super Bowl after originally getting the job on an interim basis.
In other words, there is every indication that Romeo Crennel will fail as head coach of the Chiefs.
Romeo’s one redeeming quality as a coach is that his players love playing for him. We saw that in their upset win against the Green Bay Packers, but there’s a reason we never call Bill Belichick and Sean Payton players’ coaches.
You have to have to be able to discipline your players to win in this league. Crennel is soft. His players will walk all over him.
I always question the logic of promoting an assistant to head coach. If he was so good, then why was the team bad enough to warrant firing his boss?
I’d understand it if they were promoting a hot coaching prospect, but Romeo is a 64-year-old failed head coach. Unless Scott Pioli wants to tank for Matt Barkley, he’s going to be very disappointed with his new coach.
Luckily, we’re all going to make a lot of money betting opponent (-13.5) over the Chiefs.