Kansas City Chiefs: Romeo Crennel Is on a Short Leash, Even After 2 Games

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Kansas City Chiefs: Romeo Crennel Is on a Short Leash, Even After 2 Games
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Romeo Crennel had high expectations out of the Kansas City Chiefs going into the 2012 season. Fans and the media also held Crennel to high standards after he made a strong first impression in his first game as interim head coach.

When Todd Haley was relieved of his duties as the Chiefs head coach, Crennel had only six days to prepare for the unbeaten Green Bay Packers. He took out Tyler Palko and gave the starting job to Kyle Orton. Orton was picked up by the Chiefs during the season and with Crennel as the new head coach, his knowledge of the offensive game plan was limited.

But Crennel proved himself when the Chiefs stunned the Packers, 19-14. The Chiefs gave up 11 points per game with Crennel as the interim head coach and finished the season just one game short of a weak division. Even though the winner of the AFC West needed eight wins, no one expected the Chiefs to find themselves fighting for the division after an 0-3 start.

Fast forward to 2012, and the optimism has carried over, but the performance looks no different than Haley's.

The Chiefs have been blown out in their first two games by a combined score of 75-41, including three fourth-quarter touchdowns scored by the Chiefs when the game was already out of reach.

The Chiefs are tied for most points given up this season. You can point fingers at Crennel, who felt that he could handle the duties of a head coach and defensive coordinator.

Obviously that is not working out for him.

On top of that, Crennel, who has a strong track record with five Super Bowl rings as an assistant coach, made a bone-headed move in Sunday's loss to the Buffalo Bills.

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After foregoing the onside kick, the Bills take over at the 20-yard line with 1:10 remaining in the game. Bills quarterback Tyler Thigpen takes a knee, but Crennel burns a timeout. The Bills decide to run the ball twice and are stopped as Crennel stops the clock after each play.

Crennel, wanting to give his team momentum going into Week 3, has his team run the two-minute drill while the Bills are softly practicing their prevent defense. Not only did Crennel risk the chance of injuring a player, but his final drive game plan didn't even work. Cassel ended the game with an interception.

Crennel is on the hot seat after only two games.

The game against the Bills was supposed to be the easiest game on their schedule before the bye week. The Chiefs look like a team that could easily clinch the No. 1 overall spot at next year's draft if they don't adjust quickly.

As for Crennel, he is given a second chance with better circumstances. He was given close to nothing in Cleveland while Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli signed some players in the offseason, giving Crennel something good to work with.

But that has not translated into any wins.

It may only be two games as the head coach, but Crennel has found himself in hot water. Fans are blaming Pioli for not drafting a quarterback. Don't blame him now, considering the next draft is not until April.

Crennel has a strong roster on paper and has failed to show us how good this team can be.

It won't get any easier, and Crennel needs to turn things around fast. Otherwise, Pioli and Clark Hunt will realize, internally, that they made yet another mistake when it comes to hiring a head coach.

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