Scott Pioli's Job Is Safe, but Chiefs Fans Better Hope Romeo Crennel's Isn't

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 17, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 18: Head coach Romeo Crennel of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on during a pre-season game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on August 18, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli's job is certainly safe, given that he was recently offered a two-year contract extension, according to's Jason La Canfora.

Head coach Romeo Crennel, on the other hand, is likely fighting to keep his job after the team's 1-5 start—something Chiefs fans should be hoping doesn't happen. 

Crennel is a darn good defensive coordinator, but he's been handling the head-coaching duties and calling plays for the defense every week—clearly too much responsibility for him to handle. 

While attempting to handle double duties, Crennel's defense has failed to live up to its potential. The Chiefs' defense is ranked No. 20 in overall, No. 29 in scoring, No. 21 in interceptions (four), No. 16 in sacks (13) and No. 23 against the rush.  

With players like Derrick Johnson, Eric Berry, Justin Houston, Tamba Hali, Stanford Routt, Brandon Flowers, etc., the Chiefs defense should be producing better results than these. 

Furthermore, Crennel and his coaching staff have proven to be inept at drawing up an effective game plan every week, falling behind in the first quarter by a score of 51-6.

Even more damning is the fact that the Chiefs haven't led for a single second in regulation this season—their only win coming in overtime against the New Orleans Saints (h/t's Darin Gantt). 

In addition to Crennel's failure to craft an effective game plan from week to week, his team is getting beaten in the third quarter by a score of 62-7. What this tells us is that Crennel and his staff aren't making necessary adjustments to counter what the opposition is doing.

Game-planning and adjustments are crucial elements to winning football games, and it's clear that Crennel and his coaching staff are seriously lacking in these two departments. 

Scott Pioli hasn't been perfect, by any measure. One of his first major decisions was to bring in Matt Cassel via free agency, giving him a six-year, $63 million contract. That said, he's drafted well and has assembled a solid roster that is capable of winning games, given the proper leadership. 

Perhaps now isn't the right time to cut Crennel loose, but the Chiefs organization can do much better than him going forward. If Crennel is still the head coach in 2013, the team will never live up to its potential. 


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