Crennel Doesn't Understand Why the Chiefs Played Poorly and Other AFC West News

Christopher HansenNFL AnalystOctober 15, 2012

October 14, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art not thy Chiefs a competent football team, Romeo? I doth not understand wherefore art thy Chiefs played thy way said Romeo Crennel, the head coach of the 1-5 Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs lost in embarrassing fashion for the fifth time, and Crennel said after the game via the team’s official website, “I don’t understand why we played the way we played.”

This statement tells fans all they need to know and gives them even more fuel against Crennel. It’s a bit concerning that the head coach doesn’t understand why his team played poorly. Crennel would point to a multitude of mental errors, but it’s clear now Crennel really doesn’t understand how to correct his team’s problems.

Perhaps the bye week will give Crennel the time he needs to figure it out. Maybe Crennel did everything he could with the talent he was given by general manager Scott Pioli and still couldn’t get the job done.

Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star says one play symbolizes the Chiefs’ lost season. Stanford Routt was in position to make a play, but it turned into a Mike Williams’ touchdown. Per Mellinger, even when the Chiefs are in the right positions, it turns into disaster.

So maybe it’s unfair to criticize Crennel for not understanding.

The coaches are putting the players in position and the players aren’t getting the job done. Perhaps it should be on Pioli, who was not offered a contract extension as previously reported according to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star.

Other AFC West News 


Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle says the Raiders defense gained speed and confidence on Sunday.

Paul Gutierrez of CSN Bay Area says there is no such thing as a moral victory in light of Oakland’s performance on Sunday. 


Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post says Manning is fine, but the Broncos need their other stars to play like it.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post says one star that is ready to play is supercharged outside linebacker Von Miller.

San Diego

Michael Gehlken of the U-T San Diego reports that Charlie Whitehurst simulated Peyton Manning in practice, including his frequent audibles and mannerisms.

Per Gehlken, the Chargers could go heavy with tight ends against the Broncos on Monday night.