The Kansas City Chiefs cut Romeo Crennel and new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll loose on the media today.
Daboll’s hire hasn’t been the most popular among Chiefs Nation. The feelings don’t seem to be overly negative with most fans seemingly taking a “wait and see” approach. Still others worry that Daboll is just another ex-Patriot being brought into an organization that refuses to consider looking outside their comfort zone for coaching talent. Crennel addressed those concerns somewhat in his opening remarks.
“I know that a lot of people say that he’s another guy from the New England tree, but it’s been a while since he’s been in New England and I just happen to be from that New England tree also so sometimes knowing people and knowing what they’re about is important and in this case it was important to me plus I know he’s a good person, he’s a very hard worker, he’s smart, and he’ll do a good job for the Chiefs,” Crennel said. “That’s why I hired Brian as we went through the process.”
I find it very interesting that Crennel addressed the concerns over Daboll being another New England hire right off the bat. It might have been something he would have been asked about by the media members but the fact that he addressed the concerns in his opening statement tells me that the Chiefs and their new PR guy might be looking to meet fan and media criticisms head on.
As far as I am concerned, that is great news. It is refreshing to hear someone from the Chiefs give a clear explanation for what they are doing and actually acknowledging that the fans and media have concerns. Crennel didn’t say anything particularly earth shattering but you can’t really argue with his logic here. He knew the candidate, was familiar with his background, strengths and weaknesses and he thought he was the best man for the job. Crennel wanted somebody he was comfortable with and it is his job as the head coach to put together the coaching staff. So be it.
As for the kind of offense the Chiefs will run, Crennel said the plan is to have a balanced attack. He also added that KC’s offense migth look a lot like the scheme Miami ran last year.
“I think that the offense will be all-encompassing, said Crennel. “You could see some no huddle, you could see some multiple tight ends, you can see two-back, you can see one back, we can see it all. Now to say that it’s similar to what we did last year or it’s similar to New England or it’s similar to Miami, probably it’s more similar to what Miami was doing than anything else but you saw runs, you saw play actions, you saw shock plays and I think that’s what we’ll have in an offense.”
I don’t know about you but I am going to spend a lot of time reviewing some of Miami’s plays this offseason. I’ll particularly look at the game where Daboll’s Dolphins schooled Romeo Crennel’s Chiefs defense.
As for Matt Cassel, Crennel shied away from indicating that Daboll was brought in specifically because he had worked with the Chiefs QB in the past.
“I know that Brian had worked with Matt and knew Matt but the important thing was Brian’s development as a football coach and what he’s done in his career, said Crennel. “And I know it hasn’t been a long career as far the coordinator position goes, but having worked closely with him, because when I was up in New England and running the defense, Brian was working for me at that time and he was on the defensive side of the ball and I saw him learn defense, understand defense and then move to the offensive side of the ball, coach wide receivers then move and coach quarterbacks and then became an offensive coordinator to run the whole offense so it’s more about Brian than Matt Cassel.”