With Romeo Crennel coming back as the full-time Chiefs head coach, Yahoo Sports has the three keys for Crennel as he gets things rolling for the Chiefs for 2012.
1. Find an offensive coordinator — Bill Muir reportedly is headed for retirement, and even if he wants to continue, he should be limited to the offensive line. There is no way all of the offensive problems with the 2011 Chiefs can be laid at Muir’s feet; too much of what happened this year was out of his control.
But the way things go in football, when an offense falls on its face, somebody has to fall on his sword. Part of that was handled with the firing of Todd Haley, but there has to be another sacrifice to the angry offensive gods.
2. Make a decision at quarterback — Do not expect Pioli or the Chiefs to suddenly cut their ties to Matt Cassel. If the team makes a change at quarterback, then that would be another mistake Pioli would have to admit, and an expensive one as well. At that point, why would he still have a job when his two major decisions proved bad ones?
But what does that mean for Kyle Orton? The Chiefs need to sign a veteran quarterback who has started games in the league. Going with Tyler Palko and rookie Ricky Stanzi as the only backups to Cassel was a mistake. Finding Orton as they did, when they did, was nothing but a gift from the football gods.
If he’ll sign with only the promise of competition for the starting job, then Pioli should get it done.
3. Make decisions on Brandon Carr and Dwayne Bowe — Why did Brandon Flowers, Derrick Johnson, Jamaal Charles and others get new contracts signed before they reached free agency, while players like Carr and Bowe have not? It’s one of two reasons: Either the Chiefs don’t value Carr and Bowe as much as the other players, or Carr and Bowe are asking for a lot more money than the Chiefs are willing to pay. Both will become free agents in a few weeks.