The Kansas City Chiefs have fired head coach Romeo Crennel after just one season. The Chiefs finished with a 2-14 overall record and secured the first overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, a franchise first. The Chiefs struggled all season long and finished the season ranked 32nd in passing offense, a mark achieved through poor quarterback play. In his career, Crennel has posted a 28-55 overall career coaching record.
From the Chiefs official website-
“I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for Romeo, both personally and professionally,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “He is an accomplished coach, a man of great character and he helped guide our football team through some extremely challenging circumstances this season.
“However, I am embarrassed by the poor product we gave our fans this season, and I believe we have no choice but to move the franchise in a different direction. I will immediately begin the search for the next head coach of the Chiefs. The entire football operation will remain under review, and there may be additional changes to come. No final determination has been made at this point on the future of General Manager Scott Pioli.
“Finally, I want to personally apologize to our fans for our performance this season. We are blessed to play for some of the best and most passionate fans in the National Football League and they deserve better than what we gave them this season. I want our fans to know that I will do everything I can to provide them with a dramatically better team – both next season and in the seasons to come – and our entire organization appreciates their support.”
Crennel became the Chiefs interim head coach last season after Todd Haley was fired during the course of the season. The team appeared to rally behind Crennel last season, but it seems now that the team was reacting to the dismissal of Haley rather than embracing Crennel.
There has been no official news as to the fate of general manager Scott Pioli. ESPN is reporting this morning that no final determination as to Pioli’s future with the team has been made. Chiefs fans have been calling for the firing of Pioli for several seasons now.
Crennel could land somewhere in 2013 as a defensive coordinator. Crennel is widely regarded as a coordinator but has struggled as a head coach.