Romeo Crennel surrenders Cheifs defensive coordinator role
In an effort to fix the many problems (particularly to the defense) shadowing the Kansas City Chiefs’ 1-7 season, Romo Crennel decided to give up his defensive coordinator duties to Gary Gibbs on Monday, and devote that spare time to focus on the entire team.
“We have a young team and with some guys, the perception may be that I’m a defensive coach, that I’m a defensive coordinator,” said Romeo Crennel, “and I don’t care about other parts of the team, which is not true. But their perception may be that.”
“By my being with them more,” added Romeo Crennel, “I think they will see I’m concerned about the whole team.”
The 65-year-old Romeo Crennel was initially appointed on interim basis last December after the Kansas City Chiefs fired head coach Todd Haley. However, after finishing the season’s last three games on a 2-1 record and being permanently appointed as head coach in early January, Romeo Crennel decided to hold on to his defensive coordinator duties as well to spend time on both sides of the ball. But things backfired and Romeo Crennel’s obviously realized that he’s been overwhelmed juggling both jobs.
"We're going to try to get this thing right and get this thing turned," stated Romeo Crennel. "We're going to try to do everything we can to come out these eight games on the winning ledger."
However, Romeo Crennel intends to remain in loop about the defense’ progress by holding meeting with Gary Gibbs (just like he does with the rest of Kansas City Chiefs coordinator) on a “regular basis.”
In other changes to the Kansas City Chiefs defense, starting cornerback Stanford Routt was released and his roster spot filled by defensive tackle Shaun Smith. He hasn’t played in the league since being released by the Tennessee Titans in August. Shaun Smith also played with the New Orleans Saints as well as Cincinnati Bengals in the last nine seasons, and was with the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2010 season.
The Kansas City Chiefs signed notable free-agent acquisition Stanford Routt to a three-year, $18 million contract last year after Brandon Carr left for the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent.
The coaches had hoped to integrate the former Oakland Raiders cornerback Stanford Routt to their defensive scheme, but he’d clearly struggled all through last season.
“The transition was taking a little bit longer than I thought it was going to take,” said Romeo Crennel, “He was trying to learn the system and he trying to adapt and making some progress at that but I needed it to be faster…So we just felt like it was time to part ways.”
Stanford Routt sat out of last week’s game against the San Diego Chargers due to a hamstring injury and had two intercepts this season. The Kansas City Chiefs second-year cornerback Javier Arenas filled in at Stanford Routt’s spot and Romeo Crennel hopes to start him opposite Brandon Flowers on next Monday’s road game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.