Crennel likely to remain Chiefs' DC; no OC hire imminent
- Published: Jan. 29, 2012 at 03:41 a.m.
- Updated: Jan. 29, 2012 at 08:41 a.m.
The Kansas City Chiefs' promotion of Romeo Crennel to head coach is unlikely to leave the team with a vacancy at defensive coordinator.
Crennel intends to hold onto the role next season.
The balance between the two jobs was a challenge Crennel faced at the end of the regular season, when he was named the Chiefs' interim coach for the last three games.
“I’m not sure if he stated it publicly, but I get the sense Romeo wants to be the coordinator on defense,” Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli said on Sirius XM NFL Radio, according to FOX Sports. “I don’t know if he’s made the absolute final decision, but I’m pretty sure that’s the way he wants to go.”
Pioli said it would be up to Crennel to decide whether he wanted to bring in a defensive coordinator or hold on to the play-calling duties.
The Chiefs might also wait until after Super Bowl XLVI to hire an offensive coordinator.
"It could be a week; it could be two weeks," Crennel told the Kansas City Star. "We’re still trying to work through all of that. We’re going to investigate all avenues. In the next couple of weeks, we should know the direction we’re going."