The worst kept secret in Kansas City is now out: Romeo Crennel will be the next head coach of the Chiefs. Following a 2-1 run with the interim tag next to his name after taking over for Todd Haley, Crennel has signed a three-year deal to keep the top job.
The Chiefs will officially announce the move in a press conference Monday afternoon.
Though the Chiefs fell short of the playoffs due to a heartbreaking loss to the Oakland Raiders on Crennel’s watch, a game in which Kansas City looked unprepared and undisciplined, owner Clark Hunt and GM Scott Pioli clearly were impressed with the huge wins over the Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos.
Crennel spent four years as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns, earning a record of 24-40 and never qualifying for the playoffs.
After taking over for the fiery Haley, the mild mannered Crennel seemed to easily get the Chiefs players to rally around him. Questions remain if he will be able to sustain that long term but for the moment it’s a move that will be very popular in the Kansas City locker room.
There is also the issue of his age, something that shouldn’t be lost over the next couple of years. At 64 (65 in June), only the Giants Tom Coughlin is older. Also worth noting is the last 10 Super Bowl winning coaches have had an average age of 48.
It will be interesting to see if Crennel is able to prove that the NFL isn’t just a young man’s game.