HEAD COACH ROMEO CRENNEL
PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
NOV. 23, 2012
OPENING STATEMENT: “I definitely hope that everyone had a chance to enjoy some turkey and dressing yesterday. I got a couple hours so I was able to enjoy some turkey and play with the grandkids a little bit. It takes your mind off some other things, so that was enjoyable. But today we’re back to work and we’re back on it, so as we look at today, from the injury standpoint, we have some guys who have improved – [Ryan] Lilja is going to try to see what he can do today. Branden Albert, he’s going to try something but I don’t know how much he’s going to be able to get done. Then limited, [Steve] Maneri with his ankle and then [Jon] Asamoah with his thumb. Both of those guys did something yesterday at practice, so I expect them to continue to do something today. We’re practicing a little bit later today because we missed some time yesterday afternoon after practice, so we made up this morning by extending the day just a little bit. So rather than 10:50 we’re going to start at 11:50 for practice so that we can get caught up, which allowed us to enjoy Thanksgiving. So that’s where we are as we get ready to put the finishing touches on our preparation for the Broncos.”
ADAM TEICHER (KANSAS CITY STAR): Do you feel confident in Dwayne Bowe’s ability to play this week?
CRENNEL: “Yes, I think he’s been improving each day and I think that he’s going to be ok.”
BOB GRETZ (BOBGRETZ.COM): Same with Jon Baldwin?
TEICHER: Have you seen much progress with Dontari Poe?
CRENNEL: “Yeah, I think he’s making good progress. Last week I think he made a pass rush move and got to the quarterback and was able to pressure him. He didn’t get the sack but he was right on him. In a one-on-one situation I think that was a nice move by him and showed good improvement.”
TEICHER: Is it fair to say that he’s maybe a little farther ahead in the pass rush part than the other parts of the defense?
CRENNEL: “Well you know, we’ve said all along that he might be able to help us more on sub [situations] than other noses we’ve had in the past. And I think that’s still the case.”
TEICHER: Is this about where you expected him to be at this point in the season? Is he ahead? Behind?
CRENNEL: “No, I think he’s kind of on schedule. If you remember in talking about our defense and how long it takes guys to get acclimated, in the past, guys who have been drafted in the first round and started to play, takes them about three-quarters of a season to feel comfortable about how we want them to play, what their responsibilities are and those kind of things. I think he’s adapted very well.”
DOUG TUCKER (ASSOCIATED PRESS): What have you seen from the defense under Gary Gibbs? Are you pleased with what you’ve seen so far?
CRENNEL: “I was pleased on Monday night, not as pleased on Sunday afternoon. Our system is in place and we play our system, and when we do what we’re supposed to do, we play decent football. When we forget to do what we’re supposed to do, then we give up plays.”
TUCKER: Is there anything that a new coordinator could do to get the attention of the guys better?
CRENNEL: “The fact that he is new and he is different, I think that that in itself gets guys’ attention. He might run things just a little bit differently as far as how meetings go and those kind of things, but I think practice is practice and there’s not much change that will occur during practice.”
TUCKER: Have you generally been pleased with your offensive coordinator?
CRENNEL: “At times. This is a result-driven business we’re in, and when you get results, you feel good about it. When you don’t get results, you don’t feel good about it. There have been some ups and downs offensively. You have a 17-play drive, and a 17-play drive is a pretty good drive in the NFL, even though we didn’t get points out of it, but 17 plays, that’s 17 plays, so you’re doing something right to be able to control the ball and move the ball for 17 plays. Not only 17 plays, we have at other times had 12-play drives and 15-play drives, so those things are positive. The negatives, as we all know, have occurred a lot of times with the turnovers and not being able to score in the red zone.”
BOB GRETZ (BOBGRETZ.COM): Over the last couple years, the league has really put the emphasis on hits on the field. Just this week, Ed Reed was suspended before his appeal. What do you tell your players and what are they coming and talking to you about how to play defense?
CRENNEL: “We have to play defense within the rules, and we know what the rules are, so we have to adjust to maybe what they’re used to as far as defense is concerned and what maybe they were told before they got us. But, basically the big thing is lowering your target. Don’t hit guys in the head. You lower your target and you hit them in the shoulders, in the numbers area. If you do that, then you shouldn’t be getting penalties because they are not putting the emphasis on hits to the numbers area and to the body, it’s hits to the head or when a guy is defenseless and you know he’s defenseless and still taking a shot at that time.”
GRETZ: Are you concerned that a split second can make all the difference between hitting a defenseless opponent and not?
CRENNEL: “Sure. That split second can make a difference. What you hope for, is you hope for consistency in the calls, and then those guys who are making the calls understand that. And some of those bang-bang situations, you should be cognizant of the fact that if you don’t make the tackle, the guys going to run for a touchdown.”
GRETZ: I learned that if it’s a scoring play, I better not throw my flag. Did you know that one?
CRENNEL: “Yes. The officials, they do a good job. They come into the locker room before the game, and they talk about, ‘You have the flag, Coach.’ And I say, ‘yes.’ They say, ‘well make sure you hold onto it during scoring plays and turnovers.’ The league, they made a big emphasis on that. The officials, when they come in the offseason, they talk to you about that and that this is going to be the change. Turnovers, we’re going to review turnovers, and we’re going to review scoring plays, so keep the flag in your pocket.”
JAY BINKLEY (610 SPORTS RADIO): How often do they talk to you?
CRENNEL: “Every game.”
DOUG TUCKER (AP): Don’t you think that’s a dumb rule?
CRENNEL: “The rules are the rules, and we have to live within the rules.”
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Nov. 23, 2012
Q: Back to Brady Quinn this week. Do you have reason to believe that things will be better this week rather than the times he’s played for you so far this year?
DABOLL: “Yeah, Brady, he’s a pro. He’s been working at it, and he’s got a really good defense here to prepare for with guys that can really get after the passer. He’s been working real hard; he’s been studying his gameplan, comes out here and has been practicing, and now we’re going to have to put it together against a team that can really, really rush the passer, really rush the passer.”
Q: Looks like there are some injuries on the offensive line that will have an impact on who is going to play. How much more difficult is that when preparing to play this Denver team?
DABOLL: “The combination of those five guys is really so critical to the run and the pass game, the continuity of the line calls, making sure they’re right on passing game or stunts in the running game. So they’re out there and right now we’ve been practicing some different combinations and making sure we’ve got our bases covered, but continuity in the offensive line is really critical.”
Q: Is there any chance that if Branden Albert can’t go that you move Eric Winston over there or does that create too many problems in the continuity that you’re talking about?
DABOLL: “Yeah, well you saw Eric played guard last week and then he had to bump back out. Donald [Stephenson], he’s been able to swing back and forth. We’ve worked a lot of different combinations out here to make sure in case this guy’s here or this guy here, we’ve been trying to prepare for all scenarios.”
Q: If you have a rookie at left tackle, it’s going to take them about two seconds to spy that and have both Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil on the same side trying to get after the quarterback. How do you help him out?
DABOLL: “Those two guys, you watch the tape, it really doesn’t matter 10-year veteran, five-year veteran rookie, tight end and tackle, tight end, tackle and back sometimes, those two guys are one of the most dynamic pass-rushing tandems in the league. They’re hard to block, they really are. And we’re going to have to do a good job with different ways to block them and be able to run the football. But it really doesn’t matter who they’ve went up against right now, they’ve been doing a really good job of handling the pass-rush aspect of the game.”
Q: You seemed to get everything going against Pittsburgh but then seemed to take a step backwards last week against the Bengals. Any reason that you’ve been able to discern that happened?
GIBBS: “Well as we watched the tape and the players realized that we had three or four just basically busted coverages where we’re playing man coverage and we had individuals leave their man and we had everybody covered if we just stay with our man we allow the rest to take its toll, we would’ve been alright. But every scoring drive we had one critical mistake in that situation, they all occurred on third down. Really at the end of the day that was big. And then right there before half we let them [get behind us] a couple times in man coverage and that hurt us. We just have to play better and coach better and this week’s a new week.”
Q: In their last five games the Broncos scored no fewer than 30 points. Is that an encouraging thing or a discouraging thing for your team? Is it a matter of stepping up to meet the challenge?
GIBBS: “Well, we know they’re a very good offensive football team. We all understand how good Peyton’s [Manning] been for many years, and we know what he brings to the table. The thing that Denver does a great job of, besides Peyton, is they’ve got good receivers that can catch and run and get behind you, but they also have a very good running game. Their offensive line, when you think back over the last year, they did a great job when [Tim] Tebow was running the football and they were trying to pound the football. I think the offensive line is somewhat of an unsung hero. With that said, we have to do a good job up front, as always we have to try to make them one-dimensional. When you say one-dimensional, you’re saying Peyton is throwing every time. There are challenges and we understand it and we know we have to go out there and play good football. But at the end of the day, you just can’t let them run it consistently and you can’t let them get behind you.”
Q: Peyton Manning is 3-6 against Romeo’s defense. Did he pass any of that knowledge off to you to help out this week?
GIBBS: “Well you know every year is a new year and every game is a new game. We certainly hope that rabbit’s foot is still there, but it’s how you play. You practice well, you go out there and prepare well, but it’s how you play during that 60 minutes that determines who wins and who loses. And we expect to go out there and play well, we really do.”
Q: The kind of mistakes you made against Cincinnati, Manning will pick up against those faster than Andy Dalton did?
GIBBS: “Well it’s not a case of picking it up. If somebody’s running free, most of you guys would throw the ball to that guy I would assume. I would hope I would. At the end of the day you can’t have those kind of coverage breakdowns. That just kills you. And it wasn’t anything complicated, it was just us trying to do, at times, too much. You’ve heard RAC say this many times before, we need to do our job first and then we can help. At the end of the day we need to do our job.”