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Q&A with Romeo Crennel - 9/13

Posted Sep 13, 2012

OPENING STATEMENT: “Good morning. Another day here. On a personnel standpoint, yesterday, [Allen] Bailey, [Anthony] Toribio and Kendrick [Lewis] were able to do some things limited. They went through individuals, so that’s a sign that they’re making some progress and hopefully they’ll continue to progress and eventually we’ll get them back on the field and see where they are. [Brandon] Flowers and [Jalil] Brown, they were limited. They got involved in some team drills yesterday, so they’re making progress as well and we’ll see how they do today. [Devon] Wylie did not practice yesterday and I don’t think he’s going to go today either with that hamstring. So, what we’re doing is we’re practicing, trying to eliminate mistakes and trying to get better and trying to get our finger on what Buffalo is doing so that we can go and play a good football game. Today, we’re going to continue that preparation and go forward. With that, I’ll open it up.”

RANDY COVITZ (KANSAS CITY STAR): You list Cory Greenwood and Andy Studebaker as your backup long snappers. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them take snaps in practice. In light of what we’ve seen in the league this first week, do you need to make sure you have a backup snapper ready to play?

CRENNEL: “They do take snaps in practice and they have worked at it. Yes, they do.”

COVITZ: Who is the best?

CRENNEL: “Andy, right now.”

COVITZ: Do we take Thomas Gafford for granted?

CRENNEL: “He’s good. I mean that’s all he does. So he’s good at it.”

COVITZ: What’s the secret for that?

CRENNEL: “Being able to put your head down between the legs and throw the ball backward and if you can do that at a good level, you can make a good living in this league.”

COVITZ: With what happened in Oakland the other night, does that raise your eyebrows a little bit to make sure that your backup snapper is ready to go?

CRENNEL: “You’re going to have to help me, I don’t know what happened with Oakland the other night.”

COVITZ: Their long snapper got hurt with a concussion and their backup threw two groundballs and got beat for a blocked punt.

CRENNEL: “Alright, that’s not very good then. No, we have been working with our backups, they have been taking snaps, that doesn’t mean that they will be excellent in the game, but we have been working with them.”

DANNY CLINKSCALE (SPORTS RADIO 810 WHB): Kendrick Lewis said he wasn’t near 100 percent yesterday even though he did some activities at practice yesterday. Would you pretty much consider him a long shot in the near future?

CRENNEL: “Well I know he’s working to try to get better and he’s going to do everything he can to get better. And whenever he’s ready, he’ll be out there. I’m not a doctor, so I can’t speculate about how close he is or how far he is or things like that. I know that he started range of motion and he’s doing better.”

Q: You’re trying to practice to eliminate mistakes. How exactly do you go about that?

CRENNEL: “Well, you repeat the plays you made mistakes on, particularly early in the week and let them take a look at it to see if they have improved on that. And then you try to do the things you think your opponent is going to do during the course of the game so we can see those plays. And if we can execute against those plays correctly then maybe on Sunday we can eliminate those mistakes as well.”

DANNY CLINKSCALE (SPORTS RADIO 810): What are the grounds of a coach to not want your team to worry about not playing up their standards but also being concerned that they need to straighten out mistakes?

CRENNEL: “They know and understand they have to straighten out mistakes. As I was saying yesterday, the further you get from the last game, the closer the next one comes and your focus begins to go toward the next game because that is the most important game – the very next one. I think that’s what you see during the course of the week. Whether you win or lose, I think that happens. You put the other game behind you. What we’ve talked about is we have to identify and correct the mistakes and try to get those right, but then you put the last game behind you so you can completely focus on the upcoming game. I think that gives you the best chance to win the coming game.”

BOB GRETZ (BOBGRETZ.COM): What does it take to have a game with pressure on the quarterback?

CRENNEL: “I think it takes a combination of everything. I think it takes the guys that are rushing – whether that’s generally four or five guys – then you combine that with coverage if you are on the receivers or closer to the receivers in coverage, you force the quarterback to make more accurate throws. If you can get the quarterback to get off his spot and destroy the timing and the rhythm of the passing game, all of those things go into it. Ultimately, if you can get him on the ground, our strip-sacking, that’s what we all want and we’re all trying to get. But it doesn’t come easy. There are few individuals who have that ability to consistently get to the quarterback and get him on the ground.”

GRETZ: How much in your mind is game planning scheme and how much is the individual getting the quarterback on the ground?

CRENNEL: “A lot of it has to do with what the individual brings to the table because all those other coaches, they watch tape and they know who the pass rushers are. They try to scheme to slow those guys down, so if you’ve got a guy with a high motor, with really good ability, he increases your chances of getting somebody on the ground.”

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