Crennel isn’t making things easy on himself, saying Tuesday that he’ll continue coordinating the Chiefs’ defense, including making all defensive play calls. Offensive coordinator Bill Muir and all other assistants will remain in their roles, Crennel said, in an effort to minimize the late-season changes that players must absorb. Crennel added that he’ll possess veto power on offensive play calls, if he thinks the Chiefs should run something different from what Muir and quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn, who assists Muir in designing offensive game plans, have opted for.
But this is big, right now. The Chiefs are stumbling. His name is at the top of the company directory, his late father’s legacy entwined in everything he does. These failings are dearly personal.
This is Clark’s team to operate, but in the big picture very much his father Lamar’s franchise, and there is symbolism in the way people around the league usually refer to “the Hunt family” instead of Clark.
For his part, Pioli said Monday that he and Haley had a “good working relationship.”
But things were far from friendly throughout the past year. What began as a warm partnership of sorts, occasionally called a “marriage” by GM and coach, ended on a most sour note. Haley grew to distrust Pioli’s motives and efforts to provide his coach with acceptable tools to succeed.