KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 18: (FILE PHOTO) Head coach Romeo Crennel of the Kansas City Chiefs watches from the sidelines during the game against the Green Bay Packers on December 18, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Chiefs named Crennel the permanent head coach on Monday. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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No matter the coordinator, Crennel said the Chiefs wouldn't change their offensive philosophy much from that of former head coach Todd Haley.
"Not tremendously," Crennel said. "Everybody talks about this offensive system or that offensive system, but generally everybody runs the ball and everybody throws the ball.
"In today's game you have to be able to do a little bit of everything because you have to be able to adjust your game plan to the strengths and weaknesses of whatever defense you're going against. If that means you need to go no-huddle, then you need to be able to go no-huddle. If that means playing three tight ends, then you go three tight ends. You need to have those kinds of capabilities offensively. ‘'
"I'm not sure if he stated it publicly, but I get the sense Romeo wants to be the coordinator on defense," Pioli said while attending the Senior Bowl. "I don't know if he's made the absolute final decision, but I'm pretty sure that's the way he wants to go."
Chiefs defensive back coach Emmitt Thomas also will be returning to the staff, a source told FOXSports.com. Numerous media outlets reported Thomas had drawn interest from Oakland to join the staff of new Raiders head coach Dennis Allen, which was confirmed to FOXSports.com by two sources.
Chiefs Coach Likely To Run KC Defense from FOX Sports
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Join The Chiefs "Souper Bowl Of Caring" Team from The Mothership
The Kansas City Chiefs announced Friday that Ted Crews has been named the club's Vice President of Communications. Crews has 14 years of NFL experience with three franchises and joins the Chiefs as the club's primary contact for the team's communication needs.
"We are very excited to welcome Ted to the Chiefs," said Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli. "Ted's experience, proven track record of success, and enthusiasm for leading our efforts to continually connect and communicate with our fans will make him a great addition to our team."
Chiefs Name Ted Crews Vice President Of Communications from The Mothership
Emery, 53, is considered the front-runner because of his familiarity with the Bears and his background in college scouting. Emery's first job in the NFL was with the Bears as an area scout from 1998 to 2004. His responsibility was the Southeast, where he scouted quarterback Rex Grossman, who led the Bears to the Super Bowl in the 2006 season.
While with the Bears, Emery worked with several people in the Bears' front office and scouting department who still are at Halas Hall, including the three executives who reportedly have been most prominent in the interview process - Phillips, director of football administration Cliff Stein and director of corporate communications Scott Hagel.
Previous Experience With Bears Could Give Phil Emery A Leg Up from The Chicago Sun-Times
Providing Manning can stay healthy, can play every game, and be had at a price that enables the Chiefs to sign Bowe, Brandon Carr and whoever else, I'd call it an awesome deal.
But it's not me playing John Madden football in franchise mode. It'd take a real life Pioli to pull it off. For now Manning talk is just neat speculation and California dreaming, but if it happened I think Chiefs fans would be thrilled.
It could be 1993 all over again, but with a different result. One that doesn't involve Montana being helped off the field.
Can Manning Be Pioli's Montana? from The Examiner
The Bucs joined the Chiefs, Colts, Dolphins, Jaguars, Rams and Raiders as teams that will have new leading men come the 2012 season. But which of those franchises made the best decisions on their head coaching hires?
Here's one opinion, ranked from best to worst:
1. Romeo Crennel, Chiefs: Yes, I'm well aware that Crennel finished 16 games under .500 (24-40) during four years in Cleveland. I am also aware that he didn't exactly have a stacked deck to work with there - in his tenure, Trent Dilfer, Charlie Frye, Derek Anderson, Brady Quinn and Bruce Gradkowski all started at quarterback.
Grading The NFL's Head Coach Hires from Sports Illustrated
Brandon Flowers was hoping to be in Hawaii this week as a member of the AFC's Pro Bowl roster, but he might be there as soon as next year if follows the footsteps of Derrick Johnsonand Tamba Hali.
Flowers was named to the 2011 USA Today All-Joe Team Friday morning, an honor both Johnson and Hali received in recent years.
Brandon Flowers Named To 2011 USA Today All-Joe Team from The Mothership
New Pitt receivers coach Bobby Engram is coming home for his first college coaching gig.
Engram, the former star receiver at Penn State who played in NFL for the Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs, has made his home in Murrysville for the past 14 years. Engram and his wife, Deanna, have four children and decided to live in the area because Deanna was born and raised in Penn Hills.
Engram Lands On Chryst's New Staff As Receivers Coach from The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Eric, who plays with the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, wasn't too happy with Dooley and Tennessee last spring and expressed it on Twitter. He thought the Vols waited too long to get serious with Creekside DB Josh Holsey, who eventually committed to Auburn...
...Flash forward to this week: It was the first face-to-face meeting between Dooley and the Berry twins, who are two of the nation's top college football prospects for 2014. The Creekside sophomores are already being heavily recruited by Auburn, Alabama, UGA, Georgia Tech, LSU and Virginia Tech.
Derek Dooley Finally Meets Berry Twins For The First Time from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
...Meanwhile, rookie Von Miller of the Denver Broncos finished third with 14 points, after having won the collegiate Butkus Award in 2010 while at Texas A&M University. NaVorro Bowman of the San Francisco 49ers and Derrick Johnson of the Kansas City Chiefs finished fourth and fifth, with 10 points.
Suggs, Ware Named Co-Winners Of 4th Professional Butkus Award from Market Watch
Brian Waters is one of those veterans. He toiled in Kansas City for 11 seasons, and even though he was named to five Pro Bowl squads and was an All-Pro twice, Waters never even got a sniff of the Super Bowl. Three times he helped lead the Chiefs into the playoffs, and each time Kansas City went one-and-done.
But that has all changed this year.
Waters, who signed a free-agent deal with New England on Sept. 4, about six weeks after Kansas City released him, will be leaving Sunday with the Patriots for the Super Bowl in Indy. But there is one thing he won't be packing.
A video camera.
Acting As If He's Been Here Before from ESPN
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. The running back position is a mess heading into the 2012 fantasy season. Age, injuries and committees have made that spot on the roster less reliable and, in turn, less valuable in a lot of cases. But one player who might end up helping is Jamaal Charles. The talented runner, who is coming back from reconstructive knee surgery after missing most of the season with an injury, told me on Twitter than he expects to be "stronger and faster" in 2012. That remains to be seen, but it sure looks like a featured role awaits for Charles.
Three And Out: Charles In Charge For Chiefs from NFL.com