DENVER — Armed with little more than a 2-14 record and a 38-3 season-ending loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Romeo Crennel could offer no compelling evidence that he should keep his job as Chiefs coach.
“It depends on what the criteria is,” Crennel said. “If the criteria is wins and losses, there’s not much defense. If the criteria is trying to keep a team together and play young guys and make some improvement with those guys, then a defense could be made. But that’s not for me to judge, that’s not for me to say.”
That word will come from Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt as soon as Monday. Various reports said Crennel will be out as Chiefs coach after one full season, though he said he hadn’t heard anything about his future.
“I have not been told anything,” he said. “Until I am told something, I assume that I’m still working. I don’t think anyone knows what the future holds. You go to work and you do what you do until you find out otherwise or you find out differently. I think that’s what everybody in that locker room is going to do and that’s we’re all going to do. It was a bad season and now it’s over with, that’s the good part of it.
“It’s the last (game) this year and so everybody gets a chance to go look in the mirror and see what the mirror says on what you can do to improve and what you need to do to get yourself better. Evidently I didn’t do enough to help this team this year. That’s one thing it’s going to say.”
Similarly, there was no word on whether general manager Scott Pioli would be retained.
In losing, the Chiefs clinched the first pick in the draft for the only time since they joined the NFL.
The Chiefs put up little fight against 13-3 Broncos, who won their 11th straight game and clinched the top seed in the AFC playoffs.
Denver quarterback Peyton Manning threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns.
“We faced a surgeon today, Peyton Manning, and he operated very well,” Crennel said. “Probably I think the worst game of the year. I think the season finally caught up to these guys and it showed on the field. It’s unfortunate because against a good football team you need to have you’re a game and we weren’t even close.”