During his short time as the interim head coach, Crennel led the team to a 2-1 record. The Chiefs stunned the Packers, who were unbeaten at the time, lost the Raiders, then ended the season with a win over the divisional rival Broncos.
The Chiefs reportedly interviewed former Jacksonville coach Jack del Rio, former Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher and Green Bay offensive coordinator Joe Philbin. However, Crennel appeared to be the front runner from the start. He had the players' support, and even joked about it.
"I appreciate their support, but I don't think they sign my paycheck. If they were signing my paycheck, I would really appreciate it and really enjoy it," Crennel said.
This is Crennel's second stint as a head coach. Before coming to Kansas City as their defensive coordinator, Crennel had the top job in Cleveland where his teams went 24-40.
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