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Romeo Crennel Postgame Comments

Posted Dec 18, 2011

On the game: “The Chiefs played a very good game today. They played the way that I would like to see the Chiefs play all the time. They followed the game plan, they had energy, they had effort and they played their hearts out. And that’s the thing we talked to those guys about with a Green Bay Packers team coming in here, undefeated, everybody had marked it off as a win for the Packers, but those guys in the locker room, they’re football players. They decided that they were not going to lay down, they were not going to give up, so they went out and played a tremendous game. One, I would like to give credit to the offensive coaches because they did a good job of putting a plan together and then calling a good game. Kyle [Orton] did a nice job of controlling and operating the offense, but if you look at it all, all those guys did a nice job. The defense did a nice job and that’s what happens when a team wins, everybody wins. We’re just proud that we were able to win this one. We know that it’s a short week that we have to work on. We close out the season with division opponents, which are always tough and rivalries are always good, but now our guys have a little confidence and will be up for the challenge. The best part about it is that our next game is a home game, and even though we had more Cheese Heads in the stadium than I would like, we prevailed. Playing at home is always a plus for us and that’s good because our fans are wonderful fans. Saturday we hope they are out and enjoying the holidays and come cheer us to another victory.”

On whether or not today’s win solidifies his chances to return as head coach next year: “I really have no way of knowing that. All I know is we won a game and played a good football team and we played a good football game. We looked like a pro football team. That was a positive. We’ll see what the next two weeks bring because every week is a different week in the NFL. Then at the end of it, we’ll see…we’ll let the chips fall where they may. That’s what you always do in football. That’s what I tell those guys in the locker room – Do your best and play your best and let the chips fall where they may. The only thing we can control is how we play, the kind of effort we give and hopefully we can win as we go.”

Could you have scripted this win any better as the new head coach? “As it turned out it was a great script. Wins are always good in the NFL. I don’t care how you get them. If you can win that’s a positive and we feel good about the win.”

On the excitement of the team following the victory: “Situation and circumstance always impact how players and coaches feel. We had this losing streak going and a very good team coming in. I think they were excited about the fact that they were able to play good football and didn’t turn the ball over and didn’t make mistakes and fought it out and were able to win some one-on-one battles. That was all positive. We just have to keep it going.”

On the players’ excitement after giving you your first win as head coach: “They know that I care about them as people and as football players and I ask them to do the best that they can do. That’s all I can ask of them. If they do that and we end up winning games, that’s a plus and a positive. They are the ones that play the game and should get all the credit. I was just standing on the sideline, that’s all I did today. They got it done.”

On what he asked of QB Kyle Orton today in leading this team: “We asked him to protect the football and not turn the ball over. Take what the defense is giving you, which he did. There were some times when he was stressed a little bit but he ran his progression and found the open receiver and he controlled the offense. His experience as an NFL quarterback helped control the offense some also. That was all positive for us.”

On his confidence in using Orton for the long term: “For the next few weeks I’m going to be pretty confident. If we win these next few games with him and he continues to play like he did today, then you might have to say that. You see what kind of production a player has and then you make a determination whether that production will continue and if you want that type of player on your team. So if he continues to do what he did today, then I would say, ‘Yes.’”

On clearing up the quarterback question early in the week: “I would like to think that it helped. Like I mentioned earlier in the week I’ve been through a quarterback situation before where the players didn’t know who the quarterback was going to be until the last minute. So I wanted to clear the air and get it out there so they wouldn’t get asked questions about it, they wouldn’t have to wonder about it. They would know who they guy was going to be and give them an opportunity to learn his cadence and his voice and how he operated. Adapting to that was beneficial to us because as it turned out he took all the reps in practice.”

On holding the Packers offense to 14 points: “We tried to mix things up. Aaron [Rodgers] is a very good quarterback and as we were watching tape and looking at the things he was able to do, we knew that we had our work cut out for us. Sometimes with a quarterback like that, you can’t contain him all the time. We were very fortunate in the first half that they didn’t get any points but then he started clicking in the second half and so that concerned us. But try to mix it up, that’s all you can do. If your guys mix it up and play good then you have a chance.”

On getting the ball to a bunch of different guys today: “That’s the way it developed because if they are covering some of those other guys somebody’s open and the quarterback was able to get the ball to the open people.”

On not starting WR Dwayne Bowe: “Dwayne Bowe had a medical situation with his family that he felt like he needed to attend to and he didn’t follow the proper procedures or protocol in getting that done, so I told him I wasn’t going to start him…He did not miss a practice.”

On the play of the defense, especially LB Tamba Hali and CB Brandon Carr: “Tamba Hali comes to work every day, and you notice him out there every game, he gives it everything he has. Carr has been improving as the year has gone on. With Flowers on the other side, sometimes teams choose to try Carr, but Carr has stood up to the challenges and he has improved as the year has gone on. So I think that’s a positive for him and this team as well.”

Does it seem that Tamba gets held quite a bit? “That’s not my call, but you’re probably right by what you see.”

On the pressure of both calling the defensive plays and monitoring the game as the head coach: “I have experience in the job before so that was a plus for me. The other thing that is a plus is that I have very good assistants on this team who have NFL experience and have been around for a while. Bill Muir who called the game today called a really good game. I’ve got Emmitt Thomas on defense, Gary Gibbs on defense… Jim Zorn on offense, I can let those guys do a lot of the work and they do a good job of it. That made it easier for me.”

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