Mike Tomlin. Bill Cowher. Chuck Knoll.
Three coaches. Over the past 5 decades the Pittsburgh Steelers have had only 3 head coaches. The Chiefs by contrast have had 4 head coaches since 2005, if you count Crennel's 3 game stint as interim head coach. If Crennel isn't hired as head coach the Chiefs will have had 5 head coaches since 2005. (If you're keeping score at home we've had 37 offensive coordinators in that time span.) The point is this: when the Steelers hire a head coach they hit a home run every time.
I bring up the Steelers because a few years ago Clark Hunt brought them up. When Hunt was introducing Scott Pioli as the new GM of the Chiefs Clark brought up the Steelers as the NFL team he wanted the Chiefs to resemble. The Steelers were almost always good, they were almost always a fairly serious contender for the Superbowl and there was an almost unmatched level of stability the organization enjoyed. The Steelers have had 3 head coaches since 1969. Three head coaches in 42 years. And I think it's worth mentioning that in that time frame they've had 8 Superbowl appearances and won the thing 6 times. If you're going to pick a model organization in the NFL the Steelers are a good place to start.
Which is why I find the assumption that Romeo Crennel is going to be the next head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs to be a little bit mystifying. If Clark indeed wants to use the Steelers as his model for building the Chiefs then hiring Crennel makes no sense at all. If Clark wants to build a stable organization that can win year in and year out then hiring Crennel makes not sense at all.
Romeo Crennel is 64 years old. He was out of coaching for a season due to hip replacement surgery. I don't mean this to be cruel, but he's quite overweight. How much longer can he coach? Is it possible that he might have some serious health concerns in the next few years? If the Steelers are the model, why would you hire a coach that you know is only going to be around for 3 or 4 years?
I've read in many sources that a Crennel hiring is only a stopgap measure until the Chiefs can hire somebody else. That a younger coach like Josh McDaniels would be groomed for a few seasons while Crennel works as HC and then take over once Romeo retires. Again, if the Steelers are the model were're trying to emulate why would we consider a head coaching situation that resemblers The Apprentice?
If the Steelers are the model then we should be hiring a young coach that's here for 10-15 years. Not an old man who will be here 3 or 4.