KANSA S CITY, Mo. —Romeo Crennel's schedule on the day after was filled with housekeeping items. He worked on player evaluations. He advised departing players on how to handle the next couple months from a conditioning standpoint.
Those sound like the actions of someone planning to be around for the long haul.
"Not necessarily,'' Crennel, the interim coach, said a day after the Chiefs finished their season with a 7-3 win over Denver. "I tell the players that anyway. When I was a position coach, I told my players that. As a coordinator, I talked to my players about that. All of those players have to deal with those issues I talked about. I want the best for all of them, whether I'm here or not. I was just telling them the facts and hopefully they will take some of it in.''
While the signs point to the Chiefs making Crennel their permanent coach, the move hasn't been made. Crennel not only hasn't had his formal interview with general manager Scott Pioli but he wasn't certain when they would meet.
The two communicated regularly during the three weeks Crennel coached after the Chiefs fired Todd Haley, but all of it had been aimed at helping the Chiefs win the upcoming game.
"We talk basically on a daily basis,'' Crennel said. "The communication has been about the team and about how we can go forward as far as winning the game at hand and any problems that might come up or occur.
"I was told at the end of the season that I would have a meeting with Scott. Sometime here (now that) the season is over, that meeting will occur and then we'll see what it holds for me.''
The Chiefs won two of their three games, both wins coming over eventual division champion opponents, with Crennel as their coach. That was a dramatic improvement over their 5-8 record under Haley.
At 7-9, the Chiefs finished in last place in the AFC West but missed tying for the championship by one game.
Had they finished 3-0 under Crennel, the Chiefs would have won the division title. They would be preparing for this weekend's first-round playoff game against Pittsburgh at Arrowhead Stadium instead of scattering for the off-season.
Crennel might have less to worry about had the Chiefs swept his three games. But an overtime loss to Oakland was squeezed in between victories over Green Bay and Denver.
Still, given the unstable status of the program when he replaced Haley, a 2-1 record wasn't bad under the circumstances.
"The best I could have done was 3-0 so it wasn't the best I could do,'' Crennel said. "It always stops at the head coach's desk. You can always say it was so and so's fault or this guys should have done that. But I was the guy in charge and it was my responsibility and it goes against my record.''
Crennel has received a hearty endorsement from many of the Chiefs players. That may not count for much, as Crennel acknowledged when he said, "I appreciate their support but I don't think they sign my paycheck.''
But they have demonstrated they will give a strong effort for Crennel, something Pioli wanted to see during the three-game trial.
Crennel gave no indication he was anxious for the Chiefs to make their decision. The veteran defensive coordinator will have a job offer whether it's in Kansas City or elsewhere.
"I'm probably at a point in my career where I don't have to pull my hair out, the little bit I have,'' the 64-year-old Crennel said. "(Bill) Parcells used to say, 'Put some pelts on the wall.' If I have to go lay on those pelts, I can do that.''