HEAD COACH ROMEO CRENNEL
PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
DEC. 17, 2012
OPENING STATEMENT: “We continued to struggle to develop any consistency. We were not very good on offense this past game. We couldn’t run it, we couldn’t throw it, and it’s hard to be in the game when that happens. Offensively we were poor on third down and couldn’t generate anything in the red zone – we were down there twice in pretty good field position and couldn’t get anything done. So we’ve got to try to figure out how we can do that and in my mind it’s the running game, because that’s been the bright spot offensively and we have to be able to run the ball and we couldn’t do that yesterday. They handled us up front, and that was the main reason as I looked at it. Defensively, we tried to hang in there, but gave up too many yards rushing. They gained too many rushing yards and I thought that we were below average on third down because there were some third downs that if we were able to stop them we could get off the field, help us in the field position battle, but we weren’t able to get that one done. The only thing there defensively, we didn’t allow a touchdown. Special teams, the punter did a nice job. And he gave the defense good field position all day, really. And like I said, some of the times we took advantage of it and other times we didn’t. So as we go into this game on Sunday, I talked to them about every week being a different week, every game plan being a different game plan, the matchups being different matchups. So that’s what we’re going to evaluate, that’s what we’re going to do and see if we can play a lot better on Sunday. On the injury standpoint, Javier [Arenas] has an ankle. I think Javier will try to go if he can. Abe Elam still is nursing his quad. It should be getting better, it has been getting better every week. We’ll see where he is. Russ Hochstein with his back, we’ll see where he is with his back because Elam and Hochstein didn’t make the trip because of their injuries, so we’ll see where they are. [Ryan] Lilja, after our game, his back is an issue so we’ll have to monitor him during the course of the week. [Brandon] Flowers got hit in the chest, but he came back into the game and he finished it so I think he’ll be ok. And then Brady [Quinn] had some ribs and they’re evaluating his ribs to see what they look like and we’ll know a little bit more later on tomorrow about that situation. But he stood in there pretty tough, took a beating basically, so we’ll see where he is as we prepare for next week. So with that I’ll open it up.”
DANNY CLINKSCALE (SPORTS RADIO 810 WHB): Is it hard to focus on the operation week-to-week right now while you might be thinking about your own future?
CRENNEL: “My future, hey I’ve been in this business a long time and I know that the future is the next game. So that’s the one I’m concentrating on and seeing what I can do to try to win the game. If we win the game, we’ll see what happens down the road. The only control I have is trying to win a game.”
BOB GRETZ (BOBGRETZ.COM): Branden Albert and his back injury, that’s just going to be something he’s going to have to deal with?
CRENNEL: “Yeah. We’re going to have to deal with it every week. I dressed him, but he didn’t play basically because of the back. He was available if I needed him. So we’ll see how it goes from week-to-week.”
CLINKSCALE: Is there any thought of putting Ricky Stanzi in at quarterback with two games to go to give him a look or not?
CRENNEL: “There’s a possibility. Like I said last week, there’s a possibility, we’ll have to see what happens. And I mentioned injuries being one of them, so we’ll see what Brady looks like and then we’ll make some decisions and go from there.”
BOB FESCOE (610 SPORTS RADIO): If Brady is hurt will it be Matt Cassel’s job or will he compete with Ricky Stanzi?
CRENNEL: “We’ll decide depending on Brady’s situation.”
CLINKSCALE: Are the Raiders just a bad matchup for you guys? They haven’t been able to slow anybody else down really, except for the two games they’ve played against you guys?
CRENNEL: “Yeah, you’re right about that. The two games we’ve played them this year, they have handled the front pretty good in both games – the game here and the game out there. So I would have to say that they’re not a good matchup for us.”
BOB FESCOE (610 SPORTS RADIO): Why didn’t Jamaal Charles have more carries?
CRENNEL: “When you look at the game, first down, you have a minus-one, then second down, do you go another minus-one, or maybe plus-one or do you throw it to try to pick up some more yards? Field position wasn’t great anyway because we were always starting at the minus-20. We were choosing to throw it to try to get more yards, and it just so happened that when we threw it, they were on top of us. So, now we had negative plays. Then the game kind of gets out of hand because you get behind, and you kind of think the only way you’re going to have a chance – the best way for you to have a chance – is to throw the ball. So, we end up throwing the ball more than we ended up handing the ball off. Some people would say that you should just go ahead and run it all the time, but when we have run the ball and we were in the games, you know how that goes, you’re in the game and you still lose, now everybody says, ‘Why didn’t you throw it more to get some chunks?’ So, you walk a thin line to try and figure out what’s the best way to play. Many times, the best way to play is generating some success for you. We didn’t have any success in the running game. We didn’t have any success in the passing game. It’s tough either way.”
FESCOE: One 4th-and-one, Dexter runs a half-yard pattern. Why didn’t he go further?
CRENNEL: “Because he got jammed. The defensive back jammed him and kept him from extending that pattern. So, that’s why it was just a half-yard pattern. If he hadn’t gotten jammed, it would have been a pattern for a first down. That’s the way it was designed, but the defensive back jammed him and flattened him out. So, the ball came and he caught it, but he was short.”
REID FERRIN (CHIEFS INSIDER): Do you think about spoiling another teams’ season when they come in to play when they’re hoping to make the playoffs?
CRENNEL: “No. I’m not worrying about being a spoiler. I’m just worried about trying to win a game. I don’t care who it’s against. Or I don’t care what the situation is, I just need to win a game. If I can win a game, I can feel better about myself and about this team, knowing that we can get something positive done.”
FESCOE: What was the confusion with Brady Quinn and Ryan Lilja on the delay of game penalty play?
CRENNEL: “We had a double-silent count, so Quinn wanted him to snap it quickly because he saw the time was running down, and Lilja was operating on the double timetable. So, he looked back at him and looked up and then looked back again, and then by the time we snapped it, the clock had run out.”
BOB GRETZ (BOBGRETZ.COM): So he didn’t get the second stomp from Brady?
CRENNEL: “Correct. Brady gave the second stomp, but he wasn’t looking when the second stomp came.”
DANNY CLINKSCLE (SPORTS RADIO 810): Is the lack of separation Jon Baldwin has managed to get surprising to you?
CRENNEL: “That seems to be the problem with all of our receivers, against the Raiders anyway.”
NICK JACOBS (METRO SPORTS): What kind of production are you hoping to see from Jon Baldwin these next few days?
CRENNEL: “I hope to see him be able to separate when it’s needed, be able to execute the game plan the way we need it executed, and if he can do that, then I think we’ll see more production.”
ROBERT FORD (610 SPORTS RADIO): Did you decline the illegal touching call at the end of the first half?
CRENNEL: “I think it was a first-down play, wasn’t it? So, I’d rather have the down and make it 2nd-and-10. So that’s what we did.”
FORD: You’d rather take the down than the distance?
STEVE WIEBERG: What’s the frustration been this season?
CRENNEL: “We’re in this business to win because that’s how it’s kind of counted, by your win-loss record. When you’re not able to win, you always wonder about yourself – what do I need to do more, what haven’t I done, and those kinds of things. When you try different things and you still don’t win. It kind of wears on you a little bit. You know you’re going to play on Sunday, so you have to put that best foot forward and try to get that win because that’s the best thing that will make you feel better about yourself and about what you’re trying to get done.”
SAM McDOWELL (KC STAR): If Brady isn’t healthy, can you see yourself playing Ricky Stanzi?
CRENNEL: “I generally don’t get into hypotheticals, so I’m going to wait and find out what his situation is and then I’ll make my decision.”