From staff and wire reports
The Kansas City Chiefs are doing more than looking for a new coach after firing Romeo Crennel. They’re changing the structure of the organization, a transition that likely would keep Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz off the team’s short list.
Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said in an interview with The Associated Press that he will hire the next head coach and that person will report directly to him. That’s a departure from the previous 53 years in Kansas City, where the head coach had always reported to the general manager.
“The reason for it is I think it gives us the best chance of hiring the most outstanding coach,” said Hunt, who had already begun working the phones to find Crennel’s replacement.
Hunt relieved the 65-year-old Crennel of his duties Monday, a day after a 38-3 loss to the Denver Broncos that finished off a 2-14 season, tied for the worst in franchise history. But he has not made a decision on the future of GM Scott Pioli, whose job has hung in the balance for weeks. “I don’t have a timeline laid out on that,” Hunt said.
The Kansas City Star reported Monday that Hunt’s hands-on role in hiring a new coach would likely eliminate possible candidates such as Ferentz and New England Patriots assistant Josh McDaniels. Both have ties to Pioli, and Hunt most likely would move in a different direction, the Star reported.
Pioli and Ferentz have known each other for more than 20 years, and worked together in the Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens organization in the 1990s. Ferentz is coming off a 4-8 season with the Hawkeyes.
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