Crennel falls, and Pioli better be next
The Kansas City Star
Chiefs owner Clark Hunt made the right call today to fire head coach Romeo Crennel after just one full season. But if Hunt keeps general manager Scott Pioli, that will be a big mistake.
Crennel is a decent and honorable man, by most accounts, and he and Pioli watched in vain when linebacker Jovan Belcher committed suicide several weeks ago.
But on the field, the Chiefs had a miserable year, in large part because of the lack of Crennel’s ability to coach his team (and, yes, also because the club had absolutely no one of NFL caliber to play quarterback; blame Pioli for that one).
Crennel is a lousy football coach. Take a look at the unbelievably bad 2-14 record this year.
Then keep going: Look at his whole body of work as a head coach. He’s 28-55, including his horrible job at the helm of the Cleveland Browns.
Hunt should have fired Pioli today as well, but it appears his job remains safe - for now.
That’s not going to please a lot of the fans who wanted a full housecleaning at 1 Arrowhead Drive.
Remember, these are the fans who are paying for most of the hundreds of millions of dollars worth of stadium upgrades through a sales tax that will last 25 years.
These fans also are paying the $27 parking charges, the outrageous food prices and, of course, buying the expensive tickets.
Then again, if the Chiefs continue their losing ways, Hunt won’t be attracting as many ticket buyers as he once did.