Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Happy New Year!! Not a lot going on in today's Kansas City Chiefs news... other than the search for a new coach, the uncertainty at GM, and the retirement of a player.
Chiefs Part Ways With Romeo Crennel from The Mothership
The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Monday that Romeo Crennel has been relieved of his duties as head coach.
Crennel, 65, was named Kansas City's 12th head coach in franchise history on Jan. 9, 2012. He compiled a 2-14 regular season record in 2012 and finished the 2011 season 2-1 as the club's interim head coach.
Chiefs Fire Crennel; Hunt Will Hire New Coach from KC Star
By the end of the season, Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt was equal parts embarrassed and miserable during what he had hoped would be a celebratory 50th year of professional football in Kansas City.
So just hours after the end of a 2-14 season, which matched the worst record in franchise history, Hunt took bold moves Monday morning by firing head coach Romeo Crennel and changing the structure of the organization.
While Hunt said no determination has been made on general manager Scott Pioli's future, the team's organizational chart will have the new coach answering to Hunt, not the general manager.
Statement From Former Chiefs Head Coach Romeo Crennel from The Mothership
Obviously I'm very disappointed in the way our season went. At the end of the day, the NFL is a performance-based league, and we weren't able to win. I want to thank the Hunt family for the opportunity as well as our players, coaches and fans for their support during my time in Kansas City.
Chiefs Chairman/ CEO Clark Hunt Duscusses Head-Coaching Changes from The Mothership
What was your conversation like with Romeo? How did he respond?
"Those are always very-difficult conversations. I think Romeo has been in this business long enough, where he probably knew it was coming. He understands it's a performance business and two wins are not good enough. At the same time, I know he would love to continue on; he loves the Kansas City Chiefs. He told me how much he appreciated the opportunity to be here and how sorry he was that he wasn't able to get it done for us."
Chiefs Coaching Search To Be Directed By Hunt from KC Star
Hunt probably won't give many clues to his thinking, but when he took control of the Chiefs from his late father, Lamar, Hunt said he preferred to hire a young coach who could be with the Chiefs for many years. Given their profound offensive problem this season, it's also likely Hunt will look for a coach with a background on that side of the ball. The Chiefs will most likely be playing with a rookie quarterback next season. They need a coach who can help develop a young passer and guide the offense to better production than the Chiefs had this season. Here are some possible choices in that vein:
New Chiefs' Coach Will Have Long List Of Priorities from KC Star
The must-do list for the Chiefs after they finally finished their 2-14 season is long and it can be intimidating. They need to decide on the future of general manager Scott Pioli, find a suitable quarterback, re-sign some key free agents and select a star with the first pick in this year's draft.
All of that will wait until they hire a head coach to replace Romeo Crennel, who was fired Monday. Chairman Clark Hunt was to start the process today by reportedly interviewing two Atlanta Falcons assistants: offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and special teams coach Keith Armstrong.
Last Four Years Make Hunt's Changes A Tough Sell from KC Star
Clark Hunt is sick of it. His franchise is a laughingstock, among the worst in the NFL, and he's lost full confidence in the man entrusted with the Chiefs roster. He's had enough, and he has a plan that he laid out to various reporters about major changes and modeling after successful franchises and ... actually, this is all from four years ago.
You know, the first time Hunt went through all of this.
Back then, it was Carl Peterson pushed out of Arrowhead Stadium. Back then, the plan was to build through the draft. To model after the Steelers and strive for stability. To find the best personnel man in the NFL and give him full control over the football team.
That plan failed, and if we're all being honest, there's no logical reason to believe this one won't as well.
Coming off his fourth season with the Chiefs and second as their team president, Donovan will be charged with revitalizing a disgruntled fan base that often used game days to show its displeasure with the direction of the team's future.
An organized blackout consumed nearly half the crowd in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals in week 11. Prior to that, a plane with a banner message imploring ownership to fire Pioli flew over Arrowhead Stadium during a week five loss to Baltimore.
"I think the fans have spoken - we're not happy with what we see," said Marc Smith, who wore black to three of the final four home games. "I don't really care who's in charge, but something has to change so we starting winning more games."
Chiefs Players: "We Need To Look In The Mirror" from KC Star
"It's a sad day in the NFL, period," defensive tackle Shaun Smith said. "Coaches get fired. Assistant coaches don't know what's going to happen. GMs getting fired. It's part of the football business."
That last one, about general managers getting a pink slip, it didn't happen at Arrowhead on Monday, but Scott Pioli's role changed with the announcement that Hunt would be responsible for the coaching search and the new coach would report to him.
Players stayed away from judgment about Pioli, preferring to look inward for a season in which the Chiefs matched a franchise-worst record.
Chiefs' Lilja Says He's Retiring from KC Star
"I'm physically ready to shut it down and kind of move on with my life and transition to whatever is next for me and my family," Lilja said as he and his teammates cleared out their lockers. "It's been a great career and it's gone by really fast. I made a ton of dynamite relationships and friends over the years and have some great experiences but I'm ready to shut it down."
As for possibly reconsidering his decision after the disappointment of the Chiefs' 2-14 season has faded, Lilja said he didn't think that would happen.
Kansas City Chiefs' Crennel Fired After First Season from The Associated Press via The Springfield News-Leader
Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said in an interview with The Associated Press that he will hire the next head coach and that person will report directly to him. That's a departure from the previous 53 years in Kansas City, where the head coach had always reported to the general manager.
"The reason for it is I think it gives us the best chance of hiring the most outstanding coach," said Hunt, who had already begun working the phones to find Crennel's replacement.
Falcons Special Teams Coach To Talk To Bears, Chiefs from ProFootballTalk
According to Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com, Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong is set to interview for vacancies with the Chiefs and Bears.
Romeo Crennel Fired In Kansas City from FOX Sports
With five players voted to the Pro Bowl last week, there are certainly pieces in place for the Chiefs to make rapid improvement. But four of them were inherited by Pioli's regime, and that haul of Pro Bowl players may have been Crennel's biggest indictment.
''You always want to be able to give a head coach as long as you can to build a program. I just felt we really were not headed in the right direction,'' Hunt said. ''The Pro Bowl balloting tells us a little about what coaches and players around the league think about the roster, that there's some very talented players. But at the same time, we all know there are holes.''
Chiefs Show Little Emotion Over Crennel Firing from FS Kansas City
Perhaps Kansas City Chiefs players were simply drained from the misery of a 2-14 season.
Perhaps they were drained from a tumultuous season that included the tragic murder-suicide involving Jovan Belcher.
Perhaps they were just relieved to put 2012 behind them.
For whatever reason, Chiefs players seemed especially emotionless on Monday as they talked to reporters about the dismissal of their head coach, Romeo Crennel.
Mexican Standoff from Warpaint Illustrated
When Hunt released his statement on Crennel, he made it clear that he'd not yet made a decision on the future of Scott Pioli. By stating that publicly, he basically stripped Pioli of any official duties. And for now, Pioli's only job will to continue to go into the office twice a month and pick up his paycheck. Which isn't a bad gig either.
So what really happened behind closed doors this morning at the teams offices? Hunt probably asked Pioli to step down and he probably said no. Then bantered back to his boss, if you want me out here you best fire me.
Thus the Mexican standoff began and Hunt took control of his football team.
What Is Scott Pioli's Future? from ESPN
Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt is clearly mulling different options and I think he is open to keeping general manager Scott Pioli.
I think one of the ways this could happen is if Hunt decides to hire a coach who is powerful enough to run a big part of the organization and allow Pioli to operate as a top decision maker behind the scenes.
That's how Pioli made his name in New England.
Most Attractive NFL Head-Coaching Opening? You Can Find It Here from CBS Sports
4. Kansas City Chiefs: Here's what I like about these guys: There's a lot of talent in a lot of places, with five players named to this year's Pro Bowl. Plus, they operate in the AFC West, where only one team had a winning record. But here's what I don't: There's no established quarterback I trust, the best wide receiver can't wait to get out of town and the offensive line might lose left tackle Brandon Albert. In short, this place is a mess. The Chiefs have the first pick of the draft, so they get the first choice of available quarterbacks. Only one problem: There's no quarterback worth taking with the first pick, so that's a problem.
Black Monday Delivers Harsh Blows, Uncertainty from Yahoo! Sports
Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher aren't walking through that door - at least, not unless either big-name coach-turned-TV-personality gets an offer he can't refuse (favorable owner, chance to bring in his own personnel chief, great quarterbacking situation, copious amounts of cash) and has a change of heart. Oregon's Chip Kelly, who turned down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers job a year ago, is considered an intriguing option. Other potential candidates with strong offensive backgrounds include 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman; Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy; Jackson, now a Bengals assistant; Reid; ex-Ravens coach Brian Billick; Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians; Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden; Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan; Penn State coach Bill O'Brien; and Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. On the other side of the ball, the candidates include Smith; Horton; Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer; Falcons defensive coordinator (and former 49ers coach) Mike Nolan; Broncos defensive coordinator (and ex-Jags coach) Jack Del Rio; Fewell; and Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.
Happy New Year, You're Fired: The NFL Black Monday Coaching Carousel Begins from The Washington Times
Kansas City Chiefs: Coach Romeo Crennel was fired. As of now GM Scott Pioli remains.
Analysis: Right decision, not enough. One could justify retaining Crennel and firing Piolo. Crennel was saddled with Matt Cassel. 2-14 is unacceptable, and Crennel lost previously with Cleveland. Owner Clark Hunt has the next coach reporting to him, not the GM.
What's Next For The NFL's Seven Fired Coaches? from NFL.com
Crennel is the classic better-as-a-coordinator guy. The Kansas City Chiefs were lured into making him Todd Haley's replacement because players love him and he has a lifetime of experience running defenses.
Next stop: Crennel might have spent his last chips as an NFL head coach, but this is a tight fraternity. The beloved Crennel will be back -- unless he just wants to watch the snow fall.
In Starting Over, No Time To Lose from The New York Times
The speed with which so many top people were sent packing was breathtaking, but not surprising. Owners want to grab top candidates, like Chip Kelly of the University of Oregon, before anyone else, and give their new coaches time to assemble staffs of top assistants. The Browns, for instance, said they would hire a coach first and then a player personnel executive. That is an unorthodox arrangement but a signal that they are very likely pursuing a candidate others will want and that he will be invested with plenty of power on personnel.
The most hotly pursued candidates can afford to be choosy. The current openings all have some drawbacks and advantages, but the most careful coaches are likely to look at one important factor: which teams have good quarterback situations, an especially important consideration in a year without a strong quarterback class in free agency or the draft.
Best Coaching/GM Options Team By Team As Smoke Clears from CBS Sports
The Chiefs have already reached out to Koetter and Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong. As I noted, Reid would have interest in talking to them, but that would mean owner Clark Hunt was in fact willing to part with general manager Scott Pioli. Kansas City is also high on Syracuse coach Doug Marrone, according to sources, and Marrone has a strong pro background as well and has quickly turned around that lagging program.
2013 Opponents Determined For Every NFL Team from ProFootballTalk
The opponents for all 2013 regular-season games have been determined and a complete list of each team's home and away matchups was issued today by the NFL.
The scheduling formula implemented in 2002 with realignment guarantees that all teams play each other on a regular, rotating basis.
Under the formula, every team plays 16 games as follows:
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