Kansas City Chiefs

Chiefs Promoting Gary Gibbs to Defensive Coordinator Won't Make a Difference

KANSAS CITY, MO - 2009:  Gary Gibbs of the Kansas City Chiefs poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by NFL Photos)
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Farzin VousoughianContributor IIINovember 5, 2012

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel will step down from his duties as a defensive coordinator and allow linebackers coach Gary Gibbs to take on that role, per Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star.

It looks like Chiefs fans notice a trend in which head coaches who carry multiple key roles end up struggling. That was the case with Todd Haley when he first joined the team in 2009 and promoted himself as the offensive coordinator during the preseason.

Crennel realized that handling the responsibilities of a head coach and defensive coordinator won't work. Unfortunately, he discovered that too late, as the Chiefs have completed the first half of the season with a 1-7 record.

Gibbs has experience as a defensive coordinator in college with the Oklahoma Sooners and professionally with the New Orleans Saints. Gibbs has a chance to do well with the Chiefs for the remaining eight games of the season.

The defense has seen its highs and lows this year. But the problem isn't with the defense. It's the offense that has been atrocious, and it doesn't appear that the Chiefs made any offensive changes. Instead, all they did outside of Gibbs is waive cornerback Stanford Routt to make room for defensive lineman Shaun Smith.

The Chiefs offense is still the same. Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has not succeeded with his offense this season. The Chiefs have yet to play with a lead after eight games, and the offense leads the league in turnovers.

Quarterback Matt Cassel leads the league in turnovers by an individual with 18. The team has a unit has committed 29 turnovers in eight games, which is more than what it had last year, 28.

Yes, Routt was a big problem for the Chiefs. It hurt the most when he was burnt many times by his former team, the Oakland Raiders.

But a majority of the issues lie within the offense. Yet the Chiefs made defensive changes rather than fixing the woes on offense.

The Chiefs are still going to struggle if they still have the same offense moving forward this season.

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