Broncos and Chiefs make pregame news

DENVER -- I’m just settling in the press box in Denver, preparing for the Broncos-Chiefs game.

There are two very interesting ESPN stories involving the two teams to digest:

ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that Brandon Marshall and Tony Scheffler will not be on the sideline or in the locker room Sunday. Both players will be deactivated because of accountability issues.

This is probably the right call by Denver coach Josh McDaniels. Having the two players on the sideline would serve as a distraction. If McDaniels doesn’t feel either player is up to playing because of attitude issues, they probably shouldn’t be on the field at all.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the Chiefs will likely hire former Cleveland head coach Romeo Crennel to run the defense. The Kansas City defense has struggled under Clancy Pendergast this season.

The Chiefs tried to hire Crennel last year. He and Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli had success together in New England. Hiring Crennel would make sense if the team decides to part ways with Pendergast.

If Crennel, who is still being paid by the Browns, wants to return to the NFL, Kansas City seems like a perfect spot. It also wouldn’t be a stunner if the Chiefs seriously pursue Charlie Weis to be their offensive coordinator.

So, it is not out of the question that Bill Belichick’s top two lieutenants from the New England Super Bowl run end up in Kansas City.