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Here’s to a terrific 2013 to you and yours and to a winning Chiefs tea in the new year! -PA
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Obviously I’m very disappointed in the way our season went. At the end of the day, the NFL is a performance-based league, and we weren’t able to win. I want to thank the Hunt family for the opportunity as well as our players, coaches and fans for their support during my time in Kansas City. As for my future, I’m planning to take some time to reflect on this season, evaluate everything, and make a decision based on what’s right for myself and my family.”
Hunt probably won’t give many clues to his thinking, but when he took control of the Chiefs from his late father, Lamar, Hunt said he preferred to hire a young coach who could be with the Chiefs for many years. Given their profound offensive problems this season, it’s also likely Hunt will look for a coach with a background on that side of the ball. The Chiefs will most likely be playing with a rookie quarterback next season. They need a coach who can help develop a young passer and guide the offense to better production than the Chiefs had this season. Here are some possible choices in that vein:
Everything about Arians should be attractive to the Chiefs. His job as interim head coach this season with the Colts while Chuck Pagano was receiving treatment for leukemia was excellent. Arians has worked with and helped develop a variety of quarterbacks in the early stage of their careers, including Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck.
Back then, it was Carl Peterson pushed out of Arrowhead Stadium. Back then, the plan was to build through the draft. To model after the Steelers and strive for stability. To find the best personnel man in the NFL and give him full control over the football team.
That plan failed, and if we’re all being honest, there’s no logical reason to believe this one won’t as well.
Hunt cried uncle on his first plan Monday by firing coach Romeo Crennel, but inexplicably stopped at merely neutering general manager Scott Pioli while keeping open the possibility of firing him later.
Crennel’s 2-14 record matched the mark in Herm Edwards’ final season in 2008 as the worst in club history. And, counting his three games as an interim head coach at the end of the 2011 season, Crennel’s 4-15 mark — a winning percentage of .211 — is better only than Tom Bettis, who was 1-6 (.143) as interim head coach for the final seven games of the 1977 season.
The Chiefs players admired the way Crennel handled his dismissal.
“He’s a respectful man,” long snapper Thomas Gafford said. “And he carries himself in a very respectful way. He told us what was up, and we all knew it … he talked to us like men, and said from here on, he’s moving on just like some of us are. He encouraged us to conduct ourselves in a respectful way and a smart way during the offseason.”
“He’s been through a lot with all the losing and the Jovan Belcher thing,” Shaun Smith said. “He said he was going to take the time off and relax, prop his leg up and enjoy the snow. I’m going to do the same.”
Smith said he didn’t think there was much more Crennel could have done to reverse the team’s fortunes in 2012.
“At the end of the day, coaches don’t play,” Smith said. “He’s not the one out there executing or missing tackles or fumbling the ball or missing field goals. Coaches can only do so much.
“But that’s the way it is in this league: Players mess up, and coaches get fired. You live with it. You move on.”
Patrick Allen is VP of Content for the FanSided Network. He also serves the managing editor of the network's very first site, Arrowhead Addict. Originally from Ohio, Patrick is a Chiefs fan first and a Browns fan second (I know!). He also pulls for the Buckeyes, Indians and Cavs. Guinness is thinking of naming him the most miserable sports fan of all time. @rpatrickallen