Romeo Crennel is being given a second chance to become a head coach in the NFL. After the Chiefs fired Todd Haley, Crennel was given the head coaching duties and the he gladly accepted.
As the interim head coach, Crennel is already off to a great start after a big victory over the formerly unbeaten Green Bay Packers.
Crennel's journey to become a head coach looked like it was going to be challenging. However, the challenge is his golden opportunity to prove to others that he can do better as a head coach and one day be remembered as one of the best.
Here are five reasons why Romeo Crennel should be a strong candidate to become the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012.
Imagine someone who has a big title in your company loses his job due to a poor performance and your boss looks to you and gives you the golden opportunity to take that same job. However, the following week is a big and busy one and you have to accomplish a lot in order for your boss to take you seriously. You score by handling the new responsibilities and you satisfied everyone around you.
For Crennel, he took over for Haley and was given six days as the head coach to prepare for the undefeated Packers.
Crennel is the biggest topic among all Week 15 stories in the NFL because of this game. His first game as the interim head coach was against an undefeated team. No one expected him to lead his football team to victory. But he did and is getting a lot of recognition for this.
Winning this game has helped prove that Crennel should be given another chance. Even though he was a defensive coordinator all season long and this was his first game as a head coach, he still did something that no other head coach could do.
Many people still question Haley's decision to keep Tyler Palko is the starter. Especially when Kyle Orton was picked up off waivers.
In four games as a starter, Palko threw two touchdown passes, seven interceptions and was sacked 11 times.
When Crennel was named the interim head coach, It did not take him long to decide on who will start at quarterback. Crennel made the announcement that Orton would start at quarterback on Sunday and rookie Ricky Stanzi will be the backup.
Rather than suiting up, Palko was inactive for the first time this season.
Would Haley have started Palko if he was still around?
Crennel is very well known for being one of the best defensive coaches in the league. Taking the responsibilities of a head coach and having to deal with the offense, defense and special teams is no easy task.
With all of the duties Crennel carried, he managed to continue to coach his defense. Crennel's defense battled hard today and held the Packers, the highest-scoring team in the league, to a season-low 14 points.
Not only did the Chiefs hand the Packers their first loss, but they also limited their offense in this game.
Watching Crennel talk brings music to my ears. Crennel does not try to sugar coat anything nor does he hide from the truth.
He answers every question truthfully to the media. Crennel even hinted how uncomfortable he was with Palko as the starting quarterback.
Listening to Crennel talk to the media after Sunday's win makes you think that this guy knows what he's doing. Actions to speak louder than words, but Crennel can make you feel confident just by listening to him.
After one coached game, you have to wonder if Crennel already has earned the respect of many players in the locker room.
Judging by the video above while Crennel received a Gatorade bath following the win and how the players celebrated with him, he seems like a guy the players would fight for.
If anyone approves of Crennel as the head coach for the 2012 season, it's every single player that played for the Chiefs today.
Crennel has a record of 25-40 as a head coach, including Sunday's big win over the Packers. The chances are slim, but Crennel's Chiefs still have a shot at the playoffs and there are players who are performing quite well under him.
The offense looked swell under Orton. The offensive line played great also, not allowing a single sack in this game. Changing head coaches and quarterbacks can do you wonders in the NFL. For the Chiefs, it helped them stop an undefeated team.
There are a lot of positives that can be drawn from Josh McDaniels, Kirk Ferentz, Jeff Fisher and many other candidates that have been rumored to be the next head coach. But Crennel has earned a lot of respect after a big win over the Packers.
Scott Pioli has to be far more impressed with Crennel and he has to be asking himself if Haley would have done the same.
In life, second chances are granted. Crennel is making the most of his second chance and hopes to be granted the title as the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.