Chiefs’ Crennel feels ‘fortunate’ for second chance

Romeo Crennel has put in more than 30 years as a coach in the NFL. He’s coached in six Super Bowls and owns five rings. He’s been a head coach for 67 games, even leading the downtrodden Browns to a 10-win season in 2007.

It’s a thick resume. Yet Crennel also considers himself fortunate to have the word “interim” removed from his title and a second shot as an NFL head coach.

“You never know in the NFL,” Crennel told NFL Network’s “Around the League” Tuesday. “As an assistant, you work very hard to try to do the best you can, and then kind of see what happens. I’m very fortunate that in this situation, that the Hunt family decided they would give me another chance. I’m going to try to make the best of it.”

Crennel made the best of it down the stretch, leading the Chiefs to a 2-1 record that included a stunning upset of the then-undefeated Packers. Chiefs GM Scott Pioli said the three-game stretch had a lot to do with Crennel getting the job.

Widely known as a coach players love playing for, Crennel said the difference this time around with the Chiefs was getting the players to buy-in to what he was selling and play as a team.

As for what he’ll do differently this time around, Crennel has one big change in mind learned from his four-year stint with the Browns.

“First of all, I hope we win more games (and) I can stay around for a while,” Crennel joked.

Well played, Romeo.

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