Originally posted on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 12/31/12
  Expected to be a serious contender for the AFC West title in 2012, the Kansas City Chiefs instead finished with the worst record in the NFL, and it cost head coach Romeo Crennel his job. Crennel's second stint as a head coach began as a promotion from defensive coordinator after Todd Haley was fired with three games to go in the 2011 season. With key players like Matt Cassel, Jamaal Charles, Tony Moeaki, and Eric Berry returning from injury, the Chiefs seemed poised to dramatically improve on last year's 7-9 mark. Instead, they struggled badly. The quarterback position was mostly terrible, whether it was Cassel, the best of the bunch but a terribly limited player who finished the season with twice as many interceptions or touchdowns, or Brady Quinn. Crennel's biggest downfall, though, as his supposed forte, the defensive side of the ball, as the Chiefs repeatedly seemed somewhere between wholly inept and completely indifferent from allowing the Falcons to score 40 in the opener to giving up 38 to the Broncos in the finale and every time in between. In announcing Crennel's firing, Chiefs owner Clark Hunt also noted the evaluation of general manager Scott Pioli continues. Pioli was named Executive of the Year as Cassel led the Chiefs to a surprise division title in 2010, but Cassel has not played well since then and the results have been a disappointment. The chance to hire a new coach would be his third, rare for an NFL GM that doesn't have a postseason win to his credit. Whichever way they go, the Chiefs need to decide his status before moving on to the rest of the offseason.

This article first appeared on This Given Sunday and was syndicated with permission.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Kings engaging in trade talks for Cousins

Report: Romo willing to rework contract to facilitate trade

Lonzo Ball's father says son is better than Curry right now

Report: Rams could have interest in Cousins if Goff flops

Report: Butler to Celtics talk will loom over All-Star week

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Carmelo expects to remain with Knicks

James Harden: ‘For sure’ I’m the best player in the world

Report: Pats expected to make good effort to keep Bennett

Glenn Robinson III dunks over three people to win Slam Dunk Contest

Kevin Durant booed at All-Star introductions in New Orleans

Charles Oakley joins Ice Cube’s 3-on-3 league

Is the NBA All-Star Game worth saving?

There will never be another Dirk Nowitzki

The Rewind: Michael Jordan's last All-Star Game

Best of Yardbarker: NBA All-Star Games past, present and future

Eat, Drink, Watch: Everything goes better with a side of New Orleans

Box Score 2/17: Happy birthday, Michael Jordan (and welcome to 1000 point club, Sid!)

The 'Michael Jordan might still win the Dunk contest if he entered' quiz

How to reboot NBA All-Star Weekend

Second-year NBA stars who can salvage the season

Observations from a day at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Box Score 2/16: Getting ready for the ASG

Too much to Process: Can Simmons match the Embiid hype?

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of YB: NBA All-Star Games past, present and future

Who will break these NBA All-Star Game records?

Is the NBA All-Star Game worth saving?

There will never be another Dirk Nowitzki

The Rewind: Michael Jordan's last All-Star Game

Eat, Drink, Watch: Everything goes better with a side of New Orleans

How to reboot NBA All-Star Weekend

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Second-year NBA stars who can salvage the season

Observations from a day at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker