Arrowhead Report: Endorsements keep coming for Crennel

Posted Dec 22, 2011

Chiefs players and coaches have been public in their support for Romeo Crennel, plus Tamba Hali's standing in the AFC sack race and Kyle Orton aiding the Chiefs offensive line

The endorsements keep rolling in for Romeo Crennel to take over the Chiefs head coaching job on a permanent basis.

Many players went on record in support of “RAC” (Romeo Crennel’s nickname) following the Chiefs upset victory over Green Bay last Sunday. Yesterday, it was sack master Tamba Hali publicly endorsing Crennel. Today, it was offensive coordinator Bill Muir.

Muir met with the media following Thursday’s practice and stated his support for Crennel without any prompting.

 “The Kansas City Chiefs would do well in hiring Romeo Crennel,” Muir said.

“He is the man for the job here. I think that the defense has started to turn the corner. I think that Romeo’s demeanor as a head football coach relates very well to the players. He has sternness about him without being a dictatorial type of man. I just think that he will do a good job.”

Muir is the first member of the Chiefs coaching staff to publicly endorse Crennel, though it’s likely many on staff share Muir’s sentiment.

Crennel has a previous working relationship with many of Kansas City’s assistant coaches. He and Muir worked together as assistants under Bill Parcells with the New York Jets from 1997-99.

“Romeo delegates authority and expects the people who are given the authority to do their job,” Muir said. “He’s hands-on and knows what he wants. As long as he’s getting it, he’s pretty calm. If he’s not getting it, then the calmness disappears in a hurry.”

At the end of the day, players and coaches know that the best way to show support for Crennel is to win in Weeks 16 and 17.

“We’ve only won one game,” Crennel said. “Now let’s see if we can win another one. The only thing I can control is my players and the way that we play, and whether we win or not. So that’s what I’m going to do.”

AFC Sack Race

After a three-sack performance against Green Bay, Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali is once again in the running to capture the AFC sack crown.

Hali currently sits with 12.0 sacks after leading the AFC with a career-high 14.5 sacks last season. He currently trails only Baltimore’s Terrell Suggs (13.0 sacks) for the AFC lead. Denver’s Von Miller sits a half-sack behind Hali with the AFC’s third-best sack total.

“You walk through the hall with Tamba and when he goes into the meeting room, he’ll make the pass rush move into the meeting room,” said head coach Romeo Crennel. “And that’s his mentality. And then on Sunday he is doggedly pursuing the quarterback, down in and down out.”

If Hali can capture the AFC sack crown for the second-straight season, he’ll be the first Chiefs player to do so. It’s a feat that even Derrick Thomas did not accomplish.

Overall, Hali’s sack total ranks eighth in the NFL. Former Chiefs defensive end Jason Babin currently leads the league with 18.0 sacks. Babin recorded 2.0 sacks in four starts for Kansas City as a mid-season acquisition in 2008.

Orton’s Quick Release Helps O-Line

The Chiefs offensive line is coming off its most impressive game of the year, allowing no sacks against Green Bay. It was only the second time this season that a Chiefs quarterback exited a game without being sacked with the other instance coming in Kansas City’s 28-0 win over Oakland on October 23rd.

One of the reasons for the line’s success last week, according to offensive line coach and offensive coordinator Bill Muir, was because of quarterback Kyle Orton’s quick release.

“I think that he has some instincts I guess that’s the right word,” Muir said. “But he seems to have the ability to make quick decisions and the ball comes out of this hand quickly. I think that was pretty evident last week.”

The sack-free game, which was Orton’s first start, ended a brutal stretch that had seen Chiefs quarterbacks sacked 23 times over the past six games. Kansas City allowed four or more sacks in losses to Miami, Denver and the New York Jets.

“The offensive line always appreciates somebody who throws the ball quickly,” Muir said.

Injury Report

Safety Jon McGraw is likely to miss his second consecutive game with a high ankle sprain. He was limited in Thursday’s practice, as was center Casey Wiegmann. Wiegmann is nursing a calf strain, but is expected to play against Oakland.

Chiefs Injury Report

Limited Practice: S Jon McGraw (Ankle), C Casey Wiegmann (Calf)

Raiders Injury Report

Did Not Practice: QB Jason Cambell (Collarbone), WR Jacoby Ford (Foot), DT John Henderson (Knee), S Michael Huff (Hamstring), RB Darren McFadden (Foot)

Limited Practice: RB Michael Bush (Shoulder), RB Taiwan Jones (Hamstring), DT Tommy Kelly (Toe), WR Louis Murphy (Groin)

Full Practice: RB Rock Cartright (Calf), S Matt Giordano (Shoulder), CB Bryan McCann (Concussion), WR Denarius Moore (Foot), CB Stanford Routt (Knee), C Samson Satele (Shoulder), WR Chaz Schilens (Hip)

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