Following Thursday night's 31-13 road loss to the San Diego Chargers, the Kansas City Chiefs are at a point where major changes need to be made. And replacing head coach Romeo Crennel is the easiest of those potential moves.
General manager Scott Pioli is going nowhere at the moment and noteworthy player movement rarely happens in the NFL. While Crennel may not be the leading reason for the Chiefs' disappointing 2012 season, history tells us the head coach is the natural scapegoat when things go awry.
The question is who the Chiefs could bring in to replace Crennel on the sidelines. With the coach pulling double duty—also serving as the team's defensive coordinator—the process might be more difficult than the actual decision itself.
As entrenched as Kansas City is in their historically awful season, the next head coach of this team must be a decision that is well thought out. And any replacement now would only be of interim status.
Guys that could potentially finish out this season for Kansas City are current quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn or secondary coach—and former Chief—Emmitt Thomas.
With two slots potentially needing to be filled, it might make sense that both are promoted—with Zorn taking over head coaching duties and Thomas assuming the role of defensive coordinator. But neither should be considered as the long-term answer.
As long as Pioli is in charge of hiring the head coach, anyone previously associated with the New England Patriots will be rumored to join the Chiefs' staff.
Look no further than Josh McDaniels (current Patriots offensive coordinator and former Denver Broncos head coach) or Bill O'Brien (Penn State head coach).
Sure there will be other candidates, but Pioli has never been able to step out of the shadow of the "Patriot Way."
However, if Pioli gets a third head coaching hire, he better make it count. Doing that might require thinking outside of the box this time around.