It’s reunion week for several members of the Kansas City Chiefs, who travel to face the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Crennel served as the Browns defensive coordinator in 2000 and later served as their head coach from 2005-2008. He has since been back to Cleveland but as an assistant coach with the Chiefs.
“See, I’ve been back there before, so it’s old hat,” Crennel said. “And the last time I was there I believe we won (16-14), so we’ll see if we can do it again.”
Although Crennel wasn’t serving as the head coach during the Chiefs victory, the memory still remains sweet.
“Winning is winning,” Crennel commented. “Winning as an assistant, winning as a head coach, winning is winning. And when you win, you feel good. And when you lose, you don’t feel good. I don’t care what position you’re coaching.”
While coaching the Browns, Crennel had then Browns QB Brady Quinn, who Cleveland selected in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. Now with the Chiefs, Quinn was quick to give thanks to those who gave him his first opportunity to play in the league.
“I feel very blessed, I was thankful for the opportunity from the Browns,” Quinn said.
“It was Randy Lerner (owner) at the time and Phil Savage (general manager) and obviously RAC (Crennel) as the coach. I loved the guys on the team, my teammates, the fans, they were amazing. I had such a wonderful time. That’s why I think when I got the call that I was being traded, I was just kind of shocked, to be honest with you. That’s part of life, right? You’re thrown curve balls here and there and you just have to kind of adjust and move on to the next thing.”
Moving on (from Cleveland) is something that current Chiefs RB Peyton Hillis did after spending two seasons (2010-11) with the Browns.
“I’m approaching it like every other week. It’ll be fun to go back to Cleveland to play, seeing some of my friends on the team and being around those fans because they were great,” said Hillis, who also spoke about the team he’ll be facing on Sunday.
“They’re really a fast defense; fast front (that) flows to the ball really well, especially in the running game. It’ll be a challenge to us to go out there and see what we can do against those guys.”
While the Chiefs may not receive a warm greeting Sunday morning in Cleveland, especially from the “Dawg Pound,” returning with a win to One Arrowhead Drive on Sunday night will make the reunion that much more memorable.