Matt Terl
Saturday December 24th, 2011

For years, it seemed like becoming interim head coach of an NFL team was the best way to ensure that you didn't become the actual head coach.  But Jason Garrett in Dallas and Leslie Frazier in Minnesota have both gone from interim to full-time, and now Romeo Crennel may be poised to do the same in Kansas City, according to a report from Judy Battista in the New York Times.

Crennel took over for the fired Todd Haley last Monday; by Sunday, he had the Chiefs prepared to play -- well enough that they were able to upset the previously undefeated Green Bay Packers 19-14.  That was a good start for Crennel's head coaching aspirations, Battista writes, but general manager Scott Pioli's decision is far from made:

Whether that will be enough to make Crennel the next coach will most likely depend at least in part on how the Chiefs in their final two games. Pioli has vowed to conduct a thorough search, but the Chiefs are believed to want to move quickly to name a permanent coach so that he has the best chance to hire top assistants.
Crennel previously had a four-year stint as head coach of the Cleveland Browns; his best season as head coach was 2007, when he led the Browns to a 10-6 record.  In his other three seasons, he combined to go 14-34.  But Crennel has worked with Pioli during his time with the Jets and Patriots, and represents a known quantity to the general manager.  He also, Battista points out, presents the Chiefs with an opportunity to maintain continuity during the coaching change.

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