Whether he knew it or not, Romeo Crennel made a good case for himself as the next (permanent) Kansas City Chiefs head coach when he talked to the media on Tuesday (video via KCChiefs.com).
Crennel was asked a question by KC Star reporter Randy Covitz about both the Chiefs and Raiders changing head coaches quite a bit in the last decade (11 combined coaches) and what change can do to an organization.
Here's a snippet of what he said:
"When you have change it's hard to establish continuity and consistency because with change there's a different philosophy, different people come in, they want different players and so the guys on the team end up getting traded out. Trying to develop consistency with that much change is difficult. The thing that develops consistency is to stay put for a while."
And that, my friends, is why Crennel should be considered one of the favorites for the permanent job.
As I've argued before (and some disagree), I think the Chiefs are still a pretty talented team -- 'The arrow is pointing up', as Todd Haley would say -- and I think they just need to slightly alter the direction of the ship not abandon it completely. Because of that, I think the idea of consistency means more right now. I want to keep Crennel around Derrick Johnson, Brandon Flowers and the other guys that play very well under him.
Plus, it doesn't hurt that GM Scott Pioli knows Crennel better than probably any other potential candidate. Methinks Romeo is the leader in the clubhouse to keep the permanent job and it's not very close right now.
That said, nothing is expected to happen until after the season, whether it's Romeo or not. He indicated that he would receive an interview after the season so any reports until then could be suspect (ahem, Jeff Fisher).