The Chiefs 2012 regular season opponents have been officially confirmed by the National Football League. The complete 2012 NFL schedule, including dates, times and preseason opponents will be determined at a later date. In total, the Chiefs will play seven games against six teams that qualified for the 2011 playoffs – Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Denver, New Orleans and Pittsburgh. Visits to Arrowhead by Atlanta, Baltimore, and Cincinnati will highlight the Chiefs home schedule in 2012. The Chiefs will also play host to Indianapolis and Carolina in addition to home games against each AFC West Division opponent.
“It’s a tough time because moves are made, lives are impacted and I’ve been in that situation myself and it’s not fun,” Crennel said. “It’s unfortunate, but it’s part of this business, so those teams, they do what they feel like that they need to do.”
“Those coaches will do what they feel like they have to do to try to help themselves and continue their careers. At some point in time, I will entertain whatever offers that may be there, but you know there’s a tampering rule that’s involved in the league, so no one has talked to me.”
“Not necessarily,” Crennel, the Chiefs’ interim head coach, said Monday after the team finished its season with a 7-3 win Sunday at Denver. “I tell the players that anyway. When I was a position coach, I told my players that. As a coordinator, I talked to my players about that. All of those players have to deal with those issues I talked about. I want the best for all of them, whether I’m here or not. I was just telling them the facts, and hopefully they will take some of it in.”
”They are all making good progress,” Crennel said. ”They are all rehabbing. I’ve been told they’re on schedule as far as their rehab goes. Whether that’s football-ready or not, I can’t say that right now.”
But Moeaki indicated all three players would be ready to participate when the Chiefs begin off-season practice in the spring and for the start of the regular season.
”We had our injuries one or two weeks apart but as far as the big picture, we’re on the same schedule,” Moeaki said.
“The best I could have done was go 3-0, so you know, it wasn’t the best I could do,” Crennel said Monday. “If I did the very best, we would have won three games. It always stops at the head coach’s desk. You can always say it’s so-and-so’s fault, this guy should have done this, blah, blah, blah, but as the head coach, it stops at your desk. It goes against my record, so that’s what it is.”
Pioli has said Crennel will be interviewed for the full-time job, though it’s unclear when that will happen. Not even Crennel knew for certain. But the former Cleveland Browns head coach said he’ll listen to other opportunities “at the appropriate time,” even if they’re outside of Kansas City.