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Romeo Crennel: Chiefs have to figure out what we do well

Kansas City's interim coach Roeo Crennel looks around the field before the start against Green Bay in Kansas City, Missouri AP

Another week, another preseason performance that leaves Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel shaking his head.

Last week, after the Chiefs’ starters fell behind 14-0 on the way to a 31-17 loss to the Rams, Crennel expressed his concerns. And on Friday night, after the Chiefs’ starters fell behind 37-7 on the way to a 44-14 loss to the Seahawks, Crennel again expressed dismay.

We’ve got to try to figure out what we do well as a team in all phases and then try to get that done,” Crennel said, via the Kansas City Star. “Hopefully we can start making progress on that and get better before we get to the regular season because it’s right around the corner and we have to get better to give ourselves a chance.”

Final scores don’t much matter in the preseason, but it does raise concerns for a coach if his starters are getting outclassed by another team’s starters, and Crennel acknowledged that bothered him in the loss to the Seahawks.

“The starters played quite a bit tonight and they were the ones who were not able to get much done,” Crennel said.

Chiefs receiver Steve Breaston was more blunt.

“They punched us in the face and we didn’t respond well,” Breaston said. “Everybody is big on the third preseason game. It’s a step back as a team.”

The Chiefs are running out of time to take a step forward before the games count for real.

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36 Responses to “Romeo Crennel: Chiefs have to figure out what we do well”
  1. raysfan1 says: Aug 25, 2012 12:44 PM

    From what I’ve seen so far, Romeo, they fall down well.

  2. mancave001 says: Aug 25, 2012 12:45 PM

    Sympathies to the fans. Looks like the Factory of Sadness is expanding to Kansas City.

  3. trollhammer20 says: Aug 25, 2012 12:53 PM

    As a ‘Hawks fan, I gotta wonder, are they that bad? Or did we have something to do with it? Or (most likely) a bit of both?

  4. jfibertkc says: Aug 25, 2012 12:53 PM

    I read a good article this morning that reminded me that my and a lot of chiefs fans expectations are much like the 2011 Eagles fans expectations. And as they learned, you can have all the talent in the world but they need time to gel with each other. Will the Chiefs undeniable talent ever freakin gel? I sure hope so. But its never a given.

  5. dennisatunity says: Aug 25, 2012 1:00 PM

    Actually I think Kansas City is a good team. You just might be underestimating Seattle. They have the makings of a superb team now that they have Russell. Kansas City will do just fine in the AFC West. In fact, I think they will win the AFC West.

  6. killerskrew says: Aug 25, 2012 1:17 PM

    Listen…. Cleveland fans have already learned this….. Romeo Crennel is a very nice guy, but a poor head coach. He’s a great coordinator. You can’t be a “best friend” with your players if you want to win. Ask Coughlin.

  7. haterswelcomed says: Aug 25, 2012 1:18 PM

    Neither team will make the playoffs. AFC West will be either Raiders or Denver Donkeys. NFC West will be 49ers.

    Chiefs have 2 of the most physical WR’s in the league as a tandem. 2nd fastest STARTING back in the league. If you cant find a way to be productive on Offense, then get a new OC or QB.

  8. angrycorgi says: Aug 25, 2012 1:24 PM

    Jamaal Charles is fast as heck when healthy…rest of that team just loses well…

  9. mancave001 says: Aug 25, 2012 1:26 PM

    jfibertkc says:
    Aug 25, 2012 12:53 PM
    I read a good article this morning that reminded me that my and a lot of chiefs fans expectations are much like the 2011 Eagles fans expectations. And as they learned, you can have all the talent in the world but they need time to gel with each other. Will the Chiefs undeniable talent ever freakin gel? I sure hope so. But its never a given
    ===============

    That article was clearly written by an idiot, then. The 2011 Eagles had much, much more talent than this team does. The Eagles went 10-6 the year prior after not being expected to do anything. It was only natural to look at all their acquisitions and believe they would be better.

    And one other difference…no way the Chiefs go 8-8.

  10. tinbender2000 says: Aug 25, 2012 1:28 PM

    What do you do well? It seems you’re going to give the Raiders a chance to get their offence up to speed, there’s that.

  11. bwisnasky says: Aug 25, 2012 1:28 PM

    Let’s see… they get their fans expectations up ridiculously every year… yes, they do that well. Oh, and they continue to believe that Matt Cassell is a starting quarterback … they do that well…. they tend to find embarrassing ways to lose rather well….. Outside of those.. I can’t really see what they’ve done that warrants all the “They will win the West” attitudes……

  12. rpiotr01 says: Aug 25, 2012 1:28 PM

    I think Seattle’s D will take them up a level this year. Wilson seems to have a little bit of magic to him but it’s too early to tell. The Seahawks will surprise a bit this year, they could be in it with the Niners.

  13. shootscuz says: Aug 25, 2012 1:51 PM

    Reality is starting to come back to the NFL. Everyone wanted to say the Chiefs looked so good on paper and were going to win the west. Then games start to be played and everyone remembers that this is a QB driven league. Broncos will win the west because they have Manning and a very good coaching staff!

  14. EJ says: Aug 25, 2012 2:08 PM

    I’ve got tickets to the Bills Home opener against K.C. I hope they are identical to where they are in the pre-season play wise. I can’t wait until Freddy Fred-X Jackson and CJ the Thriller Spiller are released on them Chiefs. The double headed ground punisher’s from Buffalo. I am so excited!!

  15. kuhawks2010 says: Aug 25, 2012 2:09 PM

    I went to the game last night and I was totally shocked by the play of there defense. I know Lewis is out and Flowers,but they got gashed at the line of scrimmage against the run. Len Dawson pointed out on the radio that they are last against the run in the NFL this preseason. Regardless preseason or not, they are getting beat bad at the line and they need to fix it fast. I believe they gave up 189yds last night on the ground, I am starting to get a little worried about there Defense. Hope I am wrong..

  16. bigdawg24 says: Aug 25, 2012 2:14 PM

    This is easy…. rotten draft picks and bad talent, for some reason the organization thinks is good.

    1.) Cassel (Sucks, can’t make decisions under pressure as a QB, throws softballs)

    2.) Tyson Jackson – (High draft pick) – no pass rush

    3.) Baldwin – Another reach as a first round pick,

    4.) Poe – at some point – the Chiefs need to draft for talent – not potential

    5.) Dorsey – good at stopping run, no pass rush

    6.) Not spending money – letting Brandon Carr go, when the team is way under the salary cap, and could have paid him.

    7.) O-Line – Not playing players in positions they should be naturally playing when they were drafted (Brandon Albert – Guard in college, Left Tackle in NFL?, Hudson, Guard in college, Center in NFL, goes on and on.

  17. canetic says: Aug 25, 2012 2:30 PM

    The “Chiefs” don’t need to figure out what they do well, the COACH needs to figure it out. He’s going to be the fall guy in January.

  18. bigbamboom1 says: Aug 25, 2012 2:44 PM

    These preseason games mean nothing but fool’s gold. They are literally amped up scrimmages, that the public is duped into paying full price to watch. I don’t really start paying attention until the final cutdowns. The preseason record has zero bearing on post season records. Most preseason wonders, never even make it to the post season. KC will be fine in a weak division. Because they have a high quality defense and solid running game. Especially if all of their RBs are healthy. I do believe Romeo needs to stop whining and sounding red alarms for fans and his team. His team performed for him last year and will do it again, if he inspires them. Maybe KC should have kept him at Defensive Coordinator where he is great. And brought in a real Head Coach like Gruden or Cowher to inspire confidence.

  19. jfinn5 says: Aug 25, 2012 2:49 PM

    The good thing is that they get to play the Raiders twice.

  20. dirtyvu says: Aug 25, 2012 3:02 PM

    it was amazing that the Chiefs upgraded Crennel to the head coach position. players will already rally around the assistant when the head coach gets fired. but Crennel has shown that there’s a limit to where he can take a team.

  21. johninthewest says: Aug 25, 2012 3:10 PM

    What do they do well? Lose. Another lousy 2012 season! GB!

  22. hobokenbill says: Aug 25, 2012 3:11 PM

    Why not get that RB from Colgate some more carries? He dominated in the 4th qrtr last night. 98 rushing yds, a rushing TD and a killer block.

    Seems to me like he deserves more time. Also seems to me that the boys up front were clearing him a path like a combine through a cornfield…

  23. itscompton says: Aug 25, 2012 3:34 PM

    Sorry to say Chiefs fans but your team is in deep trouble because when you’ve had the whole offseason of workouts and three preseason games the coach should already know what his team does well and doesn’t do well, espcecially having been the interm head coach last year. Crennel sounds just like Mike Singletary did when he was coach of the 49ers, way over his head and likely to get out coached week in and week out.

  24. fromalicious says: Aug 25, 2012 3:46 PM

    “The good thing is that they get to play the Raiders twice.”

    Good for the Raiders baby!

  25. artambriz says: Aug 25, 2012 3:48 PM

    I like the Chiefs(BRONCOS FAN)team but Cassell just is not a good q.b,which is the most important position.

  26. raidadon says: Aug 25, 2012 4:12 PM

    the chefs are excellent at lettin the fan base down. 43 years of mediocrity and counting. Cleveland South!

  27. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Aug 25, 2012 4:15 PM

    Well, we know what Romeo does well (just ask the guy running the drive-thru at Arby’s).

  28. jonbeck316 says: Aug 25, 2012 4:40 PM

    Romeo does realize it is his job to figure out what the Chiefs do well, doesn’t he?

  29. kcchiefsfandave says: Aug 25, 2012 4:42 PM

    A couple of rough PRESEASON games.

    If the Chiefs get the running game going behind an improved offensive line, Cassel doesn’t have to be great.

    Tyson Jackson wasn’t drafted to be a pass rushing defensive end. That being said, the whole defensive line needs to step up and stop the run/occupy offensive lineman.

    Someone other than Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali needs to step up on that linebacking corps.

  30. rushbacker says: Aug 25, 2012 5:13 PM

    Sounds eerily similar to a lot of his comments from his head coaching stint in Cleveland. Be afraid, Chiefs fans. Very afraid.

  31. chuckxx says: Aug 25, 2012 5:20 PM

    Seems like every year its always something. They just can’t seem to get it all togethor every year. Last year it was injuries. What is their excuse this year????

  32. raiderapologist says: Aug 25, 2012 5:31 PM

    bigbamboom1 says: Aug 25, 2012 2:44 PM

    These preseason games mean nothing but fool’s gold. They are literally amped up scrimmages, that the public is duped into paying full price to watch. I don’t really start paying attention until the final cutdowns. The preseason record has zero bearing on post season records.
    —-
    The preseason record has no bearing on regular season records either, but the third game is more dress rehearsal than scrimmage, and with starters playing well into the third quarter, you don’t want to see them stinkin’ up the place, and that’s just what the Chiefs did.

  33. norcalmafia says: Aug 25, 2012 5:41 PM

    Seattle has the most dilusional fan base ever…cant wait for the regular season where reality is gonna punch them square in the face.

  34. kingkornkahn says: Aug 25, 2012 7:06 PM

    Hey Romeo, if you can’t decide what you do well you can always flip a coin.

  35. mancave001 says: Aug 25, 2012 8:28 PM

    bigbamboom1 says:
    Aug 25, 2012 2:44 PM
    These preseason games mean nothing but fool’s gold.
    ==================

    They [i]do[/i] matter. They just don’t [i]count.[/i]. I mean, really. You mean to tell me the Browns horrific performance didn’t matter? You mean to tell me that Philly’s line wasn’t wreaking havoc? You mean to tell me that you’re optimistic about the Chiefs. Cardinals? Jags? Bucs? The preseason shows a lot.

  36. joetoronto says: Aug 26, 2012 6:24 AM

    “They punched us in the face and we didn’t respond well,” Breaston said. “Everybody is big on the third preseason game. It’s a step back as a team.”

    Facts are facts,

    The Chiefs CANNOT get behind in a game with Matt Cassel at QB.

    Romeo is a nice man who simply doesn’t have what it takes to be a HC in ANY league, much less the NFL.

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