CRENNEL: “I think one of the things that he’s brought to this team is leadership, he’s got experience, he knows how to play the game and he’s relaying that to some of the young guys on the team and I think that’s beneficial for us because he knows what it takes, how hard you have to work to get there, that you can’t take anything for granted and he’s been talking to these guys about that.”
Q: When you defensed him, what did you have to do to stop him?
CRENNEL: “We had to try to get 12 (men) on the field, but they call penalties on that. He’s a hard-running guy and many times he would run the ball inside so we’d have to try to load up on the inside and try to force him to go outside but he can still hurt you when he gets outside. That combination that he has is hard to defend and probably the biggest thing is his toughness. He’s really a tough individual.”
Q: Romeo, do you love this time of year, the cold and the snow coming down, it’s kind of a defensive time of year?
CRENNEL: “When I’m winning, yes, I do love that. I think when you get in these situations it can be an advantage to the defense because sometimes it limits what the opponent can do and now you can kind of load up on the running game, per se. The thing that makes this time of year is winning, that’s what makes it good.”
Q: Is RB Chris Johnson the toughest back you’ve faced this year?
CRENNEL: “Well yeah, he’s one of the tougher guys we’ve seen. He’s got that combination of speed and elusiveness that makes him tough to handle so we’re going to have to do a really good job, everybody across the board, because he stresses the whole defense, not just one position or one player, it’s the whole defense he stresses. We better do an excellent job.”
Q: Do you think the NFL should be playing on Christmas day or professional athletes in general? Do you want to be able to see games when you’re celebrating your holiday?
CRENNEL: “We are in this business and this business plays on Christmas. I’m part of it and I have no problem with it.”
Q: Romeo, the Titans seemed to struggle moving the ball vertically with WR Kenny Britt out. He came back last week and they obviously had a pretty good game. Is he a difference maker when he’s in or out of the lineup?
CRENNEL: “Well I think he’s a very good receiver for them. He helps their team quite a bit so having him back I think gives them some confidence in what they’re able to do. Maybe it takes some of the load off (Chris) Johnson a little bit by being able to throw the ball down the field. So even though we have to load up against Johnson, we also have to defend the vertical part of the game when they decided to do that.”