NFL's two worst coaches square off in prime time battle

Oct 30, 2012 3:00 AM

We are treated to a rare event this week in the NFL. The league’s two worst coaches square off in a nationally televised prime time battle. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, let’s hear it for Romeo Crennel and Norv Turner!

Do you think it was easy arriving at this conclusion? Oh, no. I had to weigh the merits of some truly abysmal performances. These aren’t a couple of youngsters with their first coaching opportunity trying to figure out the ropes. Crennel is 65, a Super Bowl winning defensive coordinator. By all accounts a great guy, but not a head coach.

His overall record is 27-47. Romeo must be 10-6 for the next five years to get to .500. The one year he was 10-6 with the Cleveland Browns he followed with a 4-12. This year his Chiefs are 1-6 and going nowhere. 

KC is a lost team. In Crennel’s press conference after the Oakland loss he was mystified why his best running back Jamaal Charles only had five carries. Geez, I wonder if there was a way we could find out?

The Chiefs were a hot pick in the preseason to challenge for a division title. Fortunately I didn’t get fooled. I saw the job Crennel did in Cleveland and didn’t think he and QB Matt Cassel could pull off a winning season. 

Cassel will probably be with someone else next year or out of the league. Crennel should be gone, but might get another season. For the love of God, hasn’t Kansas City suffered enough?

Unquestionably the dean of bad coaches is Norv. No one has coached more games and has maintained a losing record. In 228 games he is 110-117-1. He also has a 49-68-1 record in one possession games, which is only the second worst record ever.

Norv had coached some talented teams. He took over for a fired Marty Schottenheimer who was merely 14-2 before losing in the playoffs. Norv took Marty’s team and went 11-5 then 8-8. In all fairness he was 13-3 the following year, but then went 9-7 and 8-8. This season will be another struggle to find that magic .500 record.

The joke around the NFL is Norv must be part feline because he has had at least nine lives – still living off his reputation as Jimmy Johnson’s offensive coordinator for the Cowboys of the 90’s. The 1990’s – that’s 20 years ago.

While we scoff at the notion of Norv’s genius, he continues to cash million dollar paychecks. His tenure as a head coach is 76 more games than Bill Walsh, 92 more than Vince Lombardi. Man, that just ain’t right. 

The day is coming soon when Norv finds himself on the list with other coaches who rose through the ranks in positions they weren’t quite up to. Guys like Rich Kotite, Bruce Coslet, Dave Wannstedt and Jerry Glanville. I don’t know how he stayed off that list this long. Must be that cat thing.

• Andy Reid’s career of ill-advised challenges, nonsensical play calling, questionable personnel decisions and clock mismanagement finally caught up to him. 

Reid is still an amazing quarterback coach. Besides Michael Vick and Donovan McNabb, he made an aging Jeff Garcia look like a star. Kevin Kolb, Koy Detmer and A.J. Feeley looked like NFL starters. 

This year’s performance by the Eagles will probably earn Reid a chance to make another bad team good while never being able to make that good team great.

• Ron Rivera has had a warning from Carolina owner Jerry Richardson, which I’m pretty sure is even worse than the certain death knell of the vote of confidence. By the time this goes to print, Rivera could be a former head coach. News broke that Richardson had never wanted Rivera but acquiesced to the wishes of GM Marty Hurney. Last week Hurney became the Panthers’ former GM.

• Jerry Jones’ ego will need more time to realize Jason Garrett is not up to the task of being a head coach. I’m not sure who can ever be successful while Jones is GM. You can’t be the boss when you’re not the boss. Garrett isn’t the boss, and everyone knows it. I know, I know. It’s not all Garrett’s fault. He’s still awful.

• Rex Ryan. I’ve said enough in the past about the guy even New Yorkers find to be overly obnoxious. He’ll soon be back to a defensive coordinator position, trying to wrest control of a team from some unsuspecting head coach.

Chris Andrews has over 30 years of experience as a bookmaker in Nevada. You can follow him on Twitter@AndrewsSports. Chris has a dedicated thread in the Pregame.com forums, answering your questions and more. Contact Chris at [email protected].

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