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“When I heard the news through the grapevine that we got ‘RAC’ as our head coach, I wasn’t surprised,” Johnson said. “I kind of expected us to keep him as head coach just from my player instincts. That’s just what I felt was going to happen and it turned out that I was right.”

Johnson was one of many players inside Kansas City’s locker room who spoke out in favor of Crennel on getaway day, but the players also knew their support would only go so far.

Fan voting is currently underway on the Chiefs Facebook page to decide the team’s top defensive play of the 2011 season. This year, fan voting will determine the order of 65TPT’s Top-10 of 2011 lists.

Voting will stay open through Friday afternoon (VOTE HERE) before the Top-10 results are unveiled on Saturday morning (1/14/12). Next week, we’ll open voting for the Top-10 Moments of 2011.

The lasting image that Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli has of Romeo Crennel is from a photograph taken in the mid-1970s. Crennel, then an assistant coach at Texas Tech, wore a bushy mustache and a big smile while he posed with the young daughter of colleague Bill Parcells.

“It’s quite the image,” Pioli said.

But now even Gretz has taken the gloves off.

“There’s apparently a plan in place for the Chiefs,” he wrote after the Crennel hiring. “No, really, it’s true.

“It may be hard to believe, given the way the last year or so has gone around the franchise, but Hunt has a vision and reportedly his employees are working to make that happen.

“That’s what makes it so far hard to figure out just what is involved in this plan.”

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