John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Romeo Crennel To Be Fired, Pioli Retained...For Now

Black Monday is underway in the NFL but for those fans hoping for a total house cleaning in Kansas City, today could be especially dark.

ESPN is reporting that Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel will be fired today but that GM Scott Pioli will be retained…for now. Whatever that means.

Here is the exact wording:

The Kansas City Chiefs will fire coach Romeo Crennel on Monday, but not general manager Scott Pioli, at least not now, according to league sources.

If this report is true, it indicates that at the very least, Chiefs owner Clark Hunt has yet to make up his mind on Pioli.

If that is the case, Hunt is a fool. He has had the entire, miserable season to make up his mind about the job Pioli has done. He could have come out in support of Pioli weeks ago. Instead, he has remained silent while his team’s fan base complained very loudly for Pioli’s head.

Hunt needs to be decisive now. Dragging his heels will only serve to put the GM, whether that GM is Pioli or someone else, behind the rest of the league in the impending hiring frenzy. At the very least, the Chiefs will likely need a new coach and GM will need to move quickly so that KC has its pick of the litter.

On a side note, if Hunt does retain Pioli, I am guessing he can expect a lot of empty seats at Arrowhead Stadium next season. Short of some earth-shatteringly exciting personnel moves, I find it hard to believe a mobilized fan base that has been calling for change for months will view Pioli being kept as anything other than a slap in the face.

Next Chiefs Game View full schedule »
Sunday, Sep 77 Sep12:00Tennessee TitansBuy Tickets
Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs

  • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

    I just got a sinking feeling in my stomach. Clark needs to clean house today and that includes Pioli.

  • Brady Warshawsky

    Anything less than Pioli being handed his pink slip today is not acceptable.

  • Skylor Kingrey

    pioli better be gone too or I will burn chiefs gear and I won’t be a fan until pioli is gone!! Mr. Hunt why keep a lame duck GM as a trial period year as last chance? If you keep him then you truly are ignorant as everyone thinks. there is absolutely no sense in keeping him because in a year you fire pioli then the new GM fires everyone and then we are right back here sucking. Hunt you will lose your fan base.

  • Stefanie Smith

    Good luck, Chief fans. Sick Chargers’ fan here. Hours are ticking by and coaches a whole lot better than Norv are getting canned. No word out of the Spanos brain trust here… and nothing on AJ.

  • smehaffie

    Funny how all the experts picked the Chiefs to win the AFC East. So obviously the Chiefs have the talented players. So unless all the experts are wrong, Peoli has put together a good team but for some reason they underachieved. When that hapens that is usually the coaches fault. The only reason that would be the GM’s fault is if he is the one really coaching the team and the head coach is just figure head. Who we get as HC will show a lot, because the type of coach we need would not come here unless he had full coaching control (ie: Bill Cowher).

    • Brady Warshawsky

      It would be nice to win the AFC East… Too bad we are in the AFC West. :-P