Updated Hot Seat Watch for Romeo Crennel After Chiefs' Loss to Bengals

Nick KostoraContributor IIINovember 19, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 1: Head Coach Romeo Crennel of the Kansas City Chiefs on November 1, 2012 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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After the Kansas City Chiefs latest loss—an embarrassing 28-6 defeat at the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals—head coach Romeo Crennel's seat continues to heat up.

What is perhaps most shocking is that Crennel still has a seat at all. The Chiefs have failed to be competitive for most of the season and the players do not seem to respond to their head coach.

Kansas City has scored 20 or more points just three times all season and only two of its nine losses have been by single digits. There was, however, some sense of optimism after a close overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 10.

In that contest, the Chiefs showcased a stout defense against the Steelers and saw Jamaal Charles rush for 100 yards and return to early season form. The problem is that Week 11 meant reverting to the status quo.

Cincinnati dominated every facet of the game and solidified the notion that neither Matt Cassel or Brady Quinn are capable of leading the Chiefs franchise. The offense is stagnant, with little to no passing game and a rushing attack that can't excel consistently without offensive balance.

Sunday's contest even saw many of the fans at Arrowhead Stadium show up in black clothing as a sign of mourning for the current state of the franchise. A recently deceased Chiefs fan's obituary even listed the poor play of the team as a cause of death. True story.


Lots of fans at Arrowhead Stadium dressed in black for #Chiefs vs #Bengals. Supposed to be in mourning for franchise. twitter.com/APdaveskretta/…

— Dave Skretta (@APdaveskretta) November 18, 2012

Fans are fed up with the direction of Kansas City and changes clearly need to be made. Crennel will obviously not survive to coach the team again in 2013, so the only question remaining is when he will be fired.

It's not as if Kansas City's fortunes are going to turn around soon. The streaking Denver Broncos come to town in Week 12 and there is no telling how many points Peyton Manning and Co. will put up on the Chiefs.

Perhaps the only thing keeping Crennel on the sidelines is the fact that his superior, GM Scott Pioli appears to be on the hot seat as well.

Bleacher Report's own Matt Miller weighed in with his opinion of the situation on Twitter:

Wouldn't be like Clark Hunt to fire Scott Pioli right now, but it would totally be like Pioli to fire Romeo Crennel tomorrow.

— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) November 18, 2012


Crennel has now failed with both the Cleveland Browns and the Chiefs. His seat is on absolute fire as we speak and a loss to the Broncos has to be the last straw.


Hot Seat Level: On Fire!