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Chiefs officially fire Crennel

Pioli left to twist in the wind as no decision on his job has yet been made. Terry McCormick

Print This December 31, 2012, 10:59 AM EST
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The Kansas City Chiefs have confirmed an earlier report that head coach Romeo Crennel has been fired.

Chiefs owner Clark Hunt also has left general manager Scott Pioli twisting in the wind as he announced that no decision would be made on his fate just yet. Hunt released the following statement:

"I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for Romeo, both personally and professionally,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “He is an accomplished coach, a man of great character and he helped guide our football team through some extremely challenging circumstances this season.

“However, I am embarrassed by the poor product we gave our fans this season, and I believe we have no choice but to move the franchise in a different direction. I will immediately begin the search for the next head coach of the Chiefs. The entire football operation will remain under review, and there may be additional changes to come. No final determination has been made at this point on the future of General Manager Scott Pioli.

“Finally, I want to personally apologize to our fans for our performance this season. We are blessed to play for some of the best and most passionate fans in the National Football League and they deserve better than what we gave them this season. I want our fans to know that I will do everything I can to provide them with a dramatically better team – both next season and in the seasons to come – and our entire organization appreciates their support.”

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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