Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Chiefs Fire Crennel, Pioli Safe For Now

The Chiefs have fired Head Coach Romeo Crennel, but General Manager Scott Pioli is safe for now. Many Kansas City fans have called for Pioli’s head after a string of disappointing seasons, bad personnel decisions and poor drafting, but for the time being, only Crennel is out.

Crennel’s dismissal isn’t at all surprising, considering how poorly Kansas City performed this season and his past history as a head coach. The Chiefs finished 2-14, and were routinely blown out. Crennel was a disaster as a head coach in Cleveland, which suggests that the Chiefs simply gave the reigns to someone who is not cut out for the job. Crennel has a strong track record as a defensive coordinator, and he seems to a great guy. He handled the Jovan Belcher murder suicide with extreme class, and Kansas City fans will not forget that. He just isn’t cut out to be a head coach in the NFL.

The Pioli situation is more puzzling. The Chiefs’ GM hasn’t drafted well and has failed to build a deep roster that can withstand injuries and compete for a championship. Even worse, Pioli is the man who hired Crennel and famously feuded with former coach Todd Haley, who led the Chiefs to a division title and playoff berth and had appeared to have finally won over the locker room.

The Chiefs have said that “no determination” has been made regarding Pioli’s fate, but the team needs to cut ties with the failed GM. Kansas City has the number one pick in next year’s draft, and will be picking at the top of every round. More than ever, the team needs a GM who will make the right decisions, and assemble both a roster and coaching staff that can turn the Chiefs around.

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