Chiefs Monday Update – 12/19

From the Truman Sports Complex

Almost 24 hours after the Chiefs pulled the biggest upset of the NFL season, Romeo Crennel was still smiling.

“We should all feel pretty good today,” Crennel told a grumpy media horde. “I know I do.”

Why shouldn’t he be? In his first game as head coach of the Chiefs, they knocked off the NFL’s only remaining unbeaten team in the Green Bay Packers and they breathed new life into slim chances to make the playoffs.

“All the credit really goes to the players,” Crennel said. “With this game the way we did, we did a very good job.”

That Gatorade shower he received from his players at the end of the 19-14 victory was the first time Crennel had the bucket poured on his head.

“It’s a little sticky, but it was good,” said the smiling Crennel.

Crennel then broke his team’s Sunday performance down by units:

OFFENSE – “They really did a good job of following the game plan,” said Crennel. He was especially pleased with the time of possession advantage that kept the Green Bay offense off the field. “We were able to run the ball and we were able to keep them off-balance with some play-action passes, screens and we threw some quick passes at them,” Crennel said. “Our offensive line did a nice job with protection.” He was thrilled by the passing performance of QB Kyle Orton and his spreading the ball around, while not turning the ball over and no sacks. Crennel said improvement is needed in the red zone, where the Chiefs had to settle for FGs in many chances.

DEFENSE – “The guys played really hard and they did a nice job trying to execute the game plan against the best quarterback in the NFL going into the game,” Crennel said. “We tried to keep him off-balanced with different coverages and different personnel groups.” He was especially pleased with the pass rush and OLB Tamba Hali with his three sacks.

SPECIAL TEAMS – “Overall we did a good job on special teams,” Crennel said. He was very pleased with kick coverage against Green Bay’s Randall Cobb, the field goals of Ryan Succop and the punting of Dustin Colquitt. He was disappointed in the five special teams penalties the Chiefs picked up, especially the roughing the punter call against WR Jeremy Horne. “In a game like we played yesterday, field position is really important and in one case the defense stopped them but our penalty on roughing the punter put them right back on the field.”

As for the overall feel for what happened, Crennel was still smiling but realistic.

“We won one game,” he said. “We are going to try to win the next one … we really haven’t done anything yet. We won one game. Let’s see if we can win two.

“To win two, we are going to need the same energy and effort if not more than we had in this game.”

7 Responses to “Chiefs Monday Update – 12/19”

  • December 19, 2011  - JB says:

    “We won one game,” he said. “We are going to try to win the next one … we really haven’t done anything yet. We won one game. Let’s see if we can win two.

    “To win two, we are going to need the same energy and effort if not more than we had in this game.”

    Hmmmm… I’ve have been/am skeptical of an NFL record 24-40 coach. Having said that his comments and game management were a welcome sharp contrast to Haley. Biggest problem yesterday—the game has 11 on field players, not 10 not 12. The Chiefs typically had 15 seconds left on the play clock when they broke the huddle (hat tip A. Teicher)Don’t know if Crennel was a good game manager in Cleveland. Bob?

  • December 19, 2011  - ED J says:

    Well hey 1st game as head coach with us I’m going cut him some slack he did beat defending world champions and undefeated team. Also his record in Cleveland is skewed. He didn’t have personel or QB play to continue to keep winning in Cleveland and neither did Eric Mangini. People make too much of head coaches record but don’t neccessarily look at personel they’re working with or QB they may have.

  • December 19, 2011  - ED J says:

    i would call his success in Cleveland a huge because he did win 10 games with Derek Anderson but everyone knows he wasn’t a starting NFL Qb so for him to even win as many games as he did with guy and help nurse him to pro bowl speaks volumes to how hard he coached in Cleveland. Lets give Romeo another game to clean up the 11 man on field stuff.

  • December 19, 2011  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Hey, 24 hours later and I’m still smiling too.

  • December 19, 2011  - txchief says:

    So was letting Haley go in favor of Crennel a good decision by team management, or just another “inconsistency?” You can’t have it both ways backbiters!

  • December 19, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    I’m smiling too.
    The special teams train wrecks were the doing of Haley’s hand picked kicker coach that has never ran Special teams before. It has shown the last alost 3 years. Romeo said he would leave the offense to those coaches so Sp Teams were hoffman’s. I saw Romeo talking to him several times on the sideline trying to help him (not berating anyone with F-bombs).
    I’m sure Romeo will make several changes to the staff for next year. Hoffman going first.

    Belichick had a similar record at Cleveland.
    Levy excelled at Buffalo after a mediocre 5 years here.

  • December 19, 2011  - johnfromfairfax says:

    I think we’re all smiling or should be. It was a great win at a crucial time and good tonic for everyone. I’m glad Romeo is being realistic about where we are as a team and I, like most others am pulling for him. Txchief, as far as vindication I’d say it’s way too early to call the move either way. One game doesn’t make a season, division champion or a dynasty but it’s a great start, I also wouldn’t call people publicly posting backbiting when they openly voice their opinions. I don’t see fan’s strong opinions about our team, no matter whether I agree or not as a competition. That is unless you’re actually a closet Raiders or Denver fan.

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