KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- We in the media have held off calling for head coach Romeo Crennel's job mainly because the biggest problem with the Chiefs seems to be the man who constructed this catastrophe -- general manager Scott Pioli.
Pioli already has absorbed his share of heat from media and fans -- deservedly so -- and he likely will have to endure much more before this train wreck of a season ends.
Crennel, on the other hand, has gone largely unscathed, perhaps because he is far more likeable and approachable than Pioli.
Let's face it: Crennel became an instant hit with the fans and with his players when as an interim coach last December he led the Chiefs to a stunning victory over the previously unbeaten Packers. With his large girth and gentle face, he became Kansas City's loveable grandfather figure.
Firing Crennel would seem as unsettling as firing Wilford Brimley.
But the Chiefs must now move beyond all sentiment, especially after another cover-your-eyes-and-shake-your-hea...