We actually have a lot of coordinator and even HC experience on our team. We can cultivate this depth of experience to flesh out our "new" staff. My suggested coaching lineup for 2012 is as follows:
If you ask me if I think Romeo Crennel should be elevated permanently to the head coach position, I would probably tell you "no." It's not that I don't like the guy; I love him actually. It's that I love him as DC. He's so good at it I think it could almost be counterproductive to promote him out of his wheelhouse. That said, the next logical question is: "who then?" I must admit that I really don't have an answer here. You could certainly do worse than RC, and since I can't do better, I could swallow him being made HC. I'm not pining for it but I wouldn't object to it either. Promoting him then leaves the DC position open, along with its offensive counterpart. Yes, I'm assuming Muir will not retain his job as OC, but it's about as safe as assuming you've inhaled oxygen today. We'll need to find someone to fill those vacancies at the top.
HC Romeo Crennel
He's had two stints in NE and CLE, as well and one on each New York team. He's been a DL coach, but is best known for his work as a DC. He was formerly the head coach of CLE before coming to Kansas City.
Defensive Coordinator: Emmitt Thomas
After a HoF carrer with KC, Emmitt Thomas went into coaching. He was the defensive coordinator for MIN, PHI, and GB before becoming DB coach and assistant head coach for ATL in 2002. In 2007, after Bobby Petrino resigned, Thomas became the interim HC. The Falcons finished 1-3 under Thomas. Ironically, he was made interim coach over DC Mike Zimmer, who has had his name floated int the conversation for the HC job here in KC
Offensive Coordinator: Jim Zorn
Though Zorn has technically been an OC, he hasn't had a fair shot at it. He as invited to WAS to take over as OC after a decade-long career as a QB coach. No sooner had he stepped off the plane did they ask him to take the HC job instead. He accepted and made quite a disaster of himself. OC is probably more his speed, and he does have the resume for it.
So there is my suggested in house promotion scheme. We get to harness the depth of coaching experience we already have and thereby avoid a prolonged search for new people. More importantly, you keep continuity of philosophy and coach-player relationships.
What do you think, AP?