Offseason Priority #1 — New CoordinatorsDecember 11th, 2009 by Lee Eldridge
Romeo Crennel and Charlie Weis. Two names. Two coordinators. And the New England tradition continues in Kansas City.
The Chiefs were slow getting out of the gates last year. After the season, Chiefs owner Clark Hunt took some time in hiring Scott Pioli as the team’s new general manager. Pioli took some time to evaluate his surroundings before dismissing head coach Herm Edwards and moving forward hiring Todd Haley. By the time Haley and Pioli began building the coaching staff, the best names had already been acquired elsewhere.
It’s common for a team to retain a coach or two to help with the transition for a new staff. Chan Gailey was kept as offensive coordinator from Herm’s staff. I like Chan, and had really liked his ability to adapt the offense around Tyler Thigpen in 2008. Gailey also has head coaching experience, which would have helped with Haley’s transition to head coach. Firing Gailey near the end of the preseason was puzzling. It certainly hurt the development of the offense to change gears at such a late point in the preseason. And it didn’t do Haley any favors when he’s still trying to learn how to be a head coach. It’s hard to predict whether Charlie Weis would be interested in coming to work for Haley and Pioli after his dismissal from Notre Dame, but he would be a great hire for the Chiefs. It wouldn’t surprise me if he took a year off from football. He’s certainly the biggest name available. And he has ties to both Haley (they were assistants together with the Jets) and Pioli (when Weis worked for New England).
The Chiefs hired Clancy Pendergast who had been the defensive coordinator for the Cardinals, but didn’t name his as defensive coordinator for the Chiefs until weeks later. Though it’s never been confirmed, many believe that the Chiefs were attempting to hire Romeo Crennel as their defensive coordinator. The Chiefs would be well served to make another run at Crennel. Romeo is a fine coordinator, and like Weis, has head coaching experience. Between the Chiefs getting their late start, and their inability to land Crennel, Kansas City missed out on some great defensive coordinators who were hired by other teams last year including Dom Capers (Green Bay), Gregg Williams (New Orleans) and Mike Nolan (Denver). All were hired last year to convert their team’s to a 3-4 defense. And all have enjoyed considerably more defensive success than Kansas City, who is ranked #32 on defense. Green Bay is ranked #1, Denver is ranked #3, and New Orleans is ranked #18. All have more talent than the Chiefs on defense, but they also have better coordinators.
Not sure the Chiefs can pull it off, but adding Weis and Crennel would be great hires for Kansas City.