Romeo Crennel

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Romeo Crennel
Personal information
Date of birth(1947-06-18) June 18, 1947 (age 65)
Place of birthLynchburg, Virginia
Alma materWestern Kentucky
Career highlights
Awards2003 PFW Assistant COY
Head coaching record
Career record28-55-0
Stats
Coaching statsPro Football Reference
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1970-1974

1975-1977

1978-1979

1980

1981-1992




1993-1996

1997-1999

2000

2001-2004

2005-2008

2010-2012



2013-
Western Kentucky
(Defensive Line Coach)
Texas Tech
(Defensive Assistant)
Ole Miss
(Defensive Ends Coach)
Georgia Tech
(Defensive Line Coach)
New York Giants
(1981-1989) (Special Teams Coach)
(1990-1992) (Defensive Line Coach)
New England Patriots
(Defensive Line Coach)
New York Jets
(Defensive Line Coach)
Cleveland Browns
(Defensive Coordinator)
New England Patriots
(Defensive Coordinator)
Cleveland Browns
(Head Coach)
Kansas City Chiefs
(2010-2012) (Defensive Coordinator)
(2011) (Interim Head Coach)
(2012) (Head Coach)
 
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Romeo Crennel
Personal information
Date of birth(1947-06-18) June 18, 1947 (age 65)
Place of birthLynchburg, Virginia
Alma materWestern Kentucky
Career highlights
Awards2003 PFW Assistant COY
Head coaching record
Career record28-55-0
Stats
Coaching statsPro Football Reference
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1970-1974

1975-1977

1978-1979

1980

1981-1992




1993-1996

1997-1999

2000

2001-2004

2005-2008

2010-2012



2013-
Western Kentucky
(Defensive Line Coach)
Texas Tech
(Defensive Assistant)
Ole Miss
(Defensive Ends Coach)
Georgia Tech
(Defensive Line Coach)
New York Giants
(1981-1989) (Special Teams Coach)
(1990-1992) (Defensive Line Coach)
New England Patriots
(Defensive Line Coach)
New York Jets
(Defensive Line Coach)
Cleveland Browns
(Defensive Coordinator)
New England Patriots
(Defensive Coordinator)
Cleveland Browns
(Head Coach)
Kansas City Chiefs
(2010-2012) (Defensive Coordinator)
(2011) (Interim Head Coach)
(2012) (Head Coach)

Romeo "Rac" Crennel (born June 18, 1947) has served at several levels of coaching in American football.

Contents

Playing career

Crennel played baseball and football at Fort Knox (Ky.) High School and Central (Va.) High School before committing to college football at Western Kentucky. Although he was a four-year starter as a defensive lineman, he became an offensive lineman during his senior season at the request of the coaching staff. He was named the team's MVP after the switch but was not drafted and never played in the NFL. While the move did hinder his draft chances, it increased his knowledge of the game, by experiencing the trenches from both the offensive and defensive side of the football. Crennel earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Western Kentucky University, and then a master’s degree while serving as a graduate assistant for the school in 1970.

Coaching career

College

Western Kentucky University

After one season as a graduate assistant with Western Kentucky (1970), Crennel served as the defensive line coach for three seasons (1971–1974).

Texas Tech

After four seasons at WKU, he became an assistant for defensive coordinator Bill Parcells and head coach Steve Sloan at Texas Tech for three seasons (1975–1977).

Ole Miss and Georgia Tech

Crennel finished his collegiate career with two seasons as the defensive ends coach for Ole Miss (1978–1979) and one season as the defensive line coach for Georgia Tech (1980).

National Football League

Assistant coach

New York Giants

After spending two seasons as an assistant with the New York Giants, Crennel became the special teams coach for seven seasons (1983–1989) and the defensive line coach for three seasons (1990–1992). In 1983, he was reunited with Parcells as the head coach.

When Parcells stepped down as Giants head coach after Super Bowl XXV, Crennel stayed with the team under the two-year tenure of Ray Handley.

New England Patriots and New York Jets

Crennel left the Giants after the 1992 season and worked as the defensive line coach for the New England Patriots for four seasons (1993–1996) and for the New York Jets for three seasons (1997–1999) during the time that Parcells was the head coach in each franchise.

Cleveland Browns

Crennel was hired as the Cleveland Browns' defensive coordinator for the 2000 season.

Back to New England

After one season in Cleveland, he filled the same role with the Patriots for four seasons (2001–2004) under long-time friend Bill Belichick; helping lead New England to 3 Super Bowl victories: (2001, 2003, & 2004).

Kansas City Chiefs

On January 13, 2010, Crennel was hired as the Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator, reuniting him with offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and General Manager Scott Pioli from their days with the Patriots.[1]

Post-Kansas City

In January 2013, Crennel's name surfaced to become the new defensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams.[2]

Head coach

Before beginning the 2003 playoffs with the Patriots, Crennel interviewed for head coaching positions with six teams in under 36 hours. He was not offered any jobs, however, and was passed up by the New York Giants, the Buffalo Bills, the Arizona Cardinals, the Chicago Bears, and the Atlanta Falcons.[3]

Cleveland Browns

Crennel went 6-10 and 4-12 in his first two seasons with the Browns, finishing last or tied for last in the AFC North and missing the playoffs each year. The Browns finished the 2007 season with a 10-6 record, just falling short of making the playoffs. Crennel's success in the 2007 season earned him a two-year contract extension in January 2008.[4]

On December 29, 2008, following a disappointing 4-12 season, Crennel was fired by the Browns.[5]

Kansas City Chiefs

Following Todd Haley's termination as the team's head coach after 13 games in the 2011 season, Crennel was named the team's interim head coach for the remaining 3 games of the season.[6] Crennel won his first game as the interim head coach of the Chiefs on December 18, 2011 against the then undefeated Green Bay Packers 19-14, which was significant as Crennel snapped the Packers' 19-game winning streak and ended their hopes for a perfect season.[7] Crennel finished his stint as interim head coach with a 2-1 record.

On January 9, 2012 Crennel was named the Chiefs' permanent head coach.[8] Three days later, Crennel announced his intent to remain as defensive coordinator during his tenure as head coach.[9]

On November 5, 2012, Crennel announced he would be stepping down as defensive coordinator and named linebackers coach Gary Gibbs to the vacant position, after an 1–7 start to the season.[10]

On December 1, 2012, Crennel attempted to prevent the suicide of player Jovan Belcher by talking to him and witnessed his death by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.[11][12] The following day, Crennel coached his team to a 27-21 victory over the Carolina Panthers, the Chiefs' first home victory since defeating the Packers the previous season, and the only other home win during his tenure.[13]

On December 31, 2012, it was announced that Crennel had been fired from the Chiefs.[14]

Head coaching record

TeamYearRegular SeasonPost Season
WonLostTiesWin %FinishWonLostWin %Result
CLE20056100.3753rd in AFC North----
CLE20064120.2504th in AFC North----
CLE20071060.6252nd in AFC North----
CLE20084120.2504th in AFC North----
CLE Total24400.375---
KC2011210.6674th in AFC West----
KC20122140.1254th in AFC West----
KC Total4150.211---
Total[15]28550.337---

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Romeo Crennel has served:

Personal

Crennel's younger brother Carl Crennel played one season in the NFL and several seasons in the Canadian Football League.

Crennel had hip replacement surgery in early 2009 and decided to sit-out the 2009 football season while recuperating. [16]

On the morning of December 1, 2012, he reportedly witnessed Chiefs player Jovan Belcher commit suicide at Arrowhead Stadium.[17][18]

References

  1. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4821761
  2. ^ http://www.stltoday.com/sports/football/professional/would-ryan-be-a-fit-with-rams/article_34726914-e741-532b-8e16-774957a81a12.html
  3. ^ African American Biographies
  4. ^ "Cleveland Browns confirm contract extension for Crennel" The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  5. ^ http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=3797654
  6. ^ "Romeo Crennel will coach Chiefs for remainder of season". KCChiefs.com. 
  7. ^ Federovitch, Barry (December 19, 2011). "Romeo Crennel has day in the sun". nj.com. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  8. ^ "Chiefs to Name Romeo Crennel Head Coach". KCChiefs.com. 
  9. ^ "Romeo Crennel plans to retain defensive play-calling duties as head coach in 2012". KCChiefs.com. 
  10. ^ "Romeo Crennel names Gary Gibbs D coordinator". KCChiefs.com. 
  11. ^ http://www.freep.com/usatoday/article/1740801?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CDetroit%20Lions%7Cs
  12. ^ http://www.freep.com/article/20121202/SPORTS01/312020306/NFL-player-kills-his-girlfriend-then-self?odyssey=tab%7Cmostpopular%7Ctext%7CNEWS06
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ Hill, Josh (December 31, 2012). "Report: Kansas City Chiefs Fire Romeo Crennel, But Keep Scott Pioli". FanSided.Com Sports Network. Retrieved December 31, 2012. 
  15. ^ Romeo Crennel Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks - Pro-Football-Reference.com
  16. ^ "Former Cleveland Browns coach Crennel to sit out 2009" May 4 2009 The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  17. ^ Staff writer (2012-12-01). "Report: Chiefs player kills girlfriend, then commits suicide". USA Today. 
  18. ^ Don Banks (1 December 2012). "Chiefs player involved in apparent murder-suicide at team facility". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bob Slowik
Cleveland Browns Defensive Coordinator
2000
Succeeded by
Foge Fazio
Preceded by
Steve Sidwell
New England Patriots Defensive Coordinator
2001–2004
Succeeded by
Eric Mangini
Preceded by
Clancy Pendergast
Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Coordinator
2010–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent