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Crennel: “We got the first pickle out of the jar”

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It was a rough start this year for the Chiefs, who entered Sunday’s game at 0-2 and facing an uphill challenge in the Superdome against the Saints.

After the Chiefs made that uphill climb even steeper by erasing an 18-point deficit and won the game in overtime via a scoring drive that included a gutsy decision to go for a first down on fourth and short, I spoke with coach Romeo Crennel.

“How are you doing?” I asked.

“I’m better,” Crennel said with a chuckle.

“We got the first pickle out of the jar,” Crennel said later in the conversation.  “Now we’ll see if we can get another one.”

Crennel explained it was “almost” the biggest win of his head-coaching career.  “Green Bay [last year] was a big one,” Crennel said.  “This one was needed.”

He then explained the attitude he spent the week communicating to his players.  The goal is to “keep fighting,” Crennel said, ignoring bad plays and preventing things from going bad to worse.

That mindset worked on Sunday, when the Chiefs somehow turned it around in the third quarter, sparked by a 91-yard touchdown run from Jamaal Charles.

But wasn’t Charles’ surgically-repaired knee still bothering him?  “I tried to tell everybody he wasn’t hurt,” Crennel said, explaining that Charles didn’t return to the Week Two game against the Bills after banging the knee because the other running backs were running well.

Charles ran extremely well Sunday, with 233 yards on 33 carries.  Still, Crennel said the goal is to “still try to spread it around, because we have other good people who can run the ball.”

The win should bring a temporary end to some of the heavy criticism in Kansas City regarding the team’s performance during two consecutive losses to open the season.  “I try not to listen, but I know how the game is,” Crennel said.  “There was a lot of [criticism].  This reinforces we are headed in the right direction.”

And if they continue in that direction, there will be plenty of pickles.

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25 Responses to “Crennel: “We got the first pickle out of the jar””
  1. ghjjf says: Sep 23, 2012 7:38 PM

    Drew Brees demands an explanation.

  2. doe22us says: Sep 23, 2012 8:01 PM

    KC fought hard and were relentless. I thought the game was done. Unbelievable performance by JC.

  3. yelix says: Sep 23, 2012 8:04 PM

    I have a friend who is a big Broncos fan. He was talking about how Jamaal Charles will never recover and about how he’s the worst starting RB in the league this morning.


  4. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 23, 2012 8:05 PM


  5. marlin6262 says: Sep 23, 2012 8:08 PM

    When in doubt Romeo, just eat the pickle jar instead of trying to get them out one by one..

  6. phillyphever says: Sep 23, 2012 8:10 PM

    Poetic justice for the Saints.

  7. chiefsruleraidersdrool says: Sep 23, 2012 8:15 PM

    Here’s a explaination for Drew Brees: you lost.

  8. iamcline says: Sep 23, 2012 8:15 PM

    In before Saints fans blame Goodell for their trash team.

  9. trseann says: Sep 23, 2012 8:19 PM

    I thought the Saints were going to stick to the league like the 2007 Pats. I guess their version is going 0-16.

  10. Where's Bud Grant when you need him? says: Sep 23, 2012 8:27 PM

    0-3… Hilarious!!

  11. bedmanokc says: Sep 23, 2012 8:28 PM

    Literally the minute after I put my tickets for Game 4 vs San Diego on T/E. Jamaal scored, I left them there until the game over and pulled them off.

    Like I told my wife yesterday, hey if the Chiefs had played like they did the first half of Game 1 Vs Atlanta…. they’d STILL BE 0 – 2 !!!

    Lets go Chefs !

  12. joetoronto says: Sep 23, 2012 8:40 PM

    Ballsy wins for the Chiefs and Raiders today, we got ourselves a 4 team race again.

  13. thetooloftools says: Sep 23, 2012 8:50 PM

    I really liked Romeo here in Cleveland but he just didn’t seem tough enough. I hope he’s firm now and wish him great luck as he is a good man. Idiots here in Cleveland sports talk radio are still banging on Kansas City for hiring him… but look at the Browns now. Just a total mess. Grease fire.

  14. sixjak says: Sep 23, 2012 9:24 PM

    Paper bags for sale…

  15. juanhughjazz says: Sep 23, 2012 9:53 PM

    Who Dat! gonna lose to them Aints?

  16. jintfan says: Sep 23, 2012 10:00 PM

    Many eliminator pools losing recipients last 3 weeks!

  17. tdrundmc says: Sep 23, 2012 11:11 PM

    Romeo prefers cupcakes

  18. vietnambob2473 says: Sep 23, 2012 11:24 PM

    Saints defense is junk. That being said, there was no basis for the overturn of the saints touchdown and no indisputable evidence, therefore the touchdown should have stood. Par for the course with these garbage refs we are being stuck with every week.

  19. trojanwarrior007 says: Sep 23, 2012 11:28 PM

    That 60 mill guaranteed this year to Brees surely is paying off.

  20. driveroftheshortbus says: Sep 24, 2012 12:03 AM

    It is important that the Chefs know how to get the pickle out of the jar.

    Next weeks goal, getting the mayo out of the jar.

    By the playoffs they might be able to make a sandwich.

  21. sbethtu says: Sep 24, 2012 1:38 AM

    If the scab refs had not reversed PT’s TD WITHOUT irrefutable evidence the Saints would have won. Also a BS safety. There were another 4, yes 4, reversed calls. The Saints are playing like crap but the retarded replacement refs clearly effected the outcome of this game.

  22. droyer85 says: Sep 24, 2012 2:34 AM

    The refs are definitely affecting the outcome of games. The problem is, only half of the fans (the team that loses) are upset about the games being effected by poor officiating. But it does help explain why so few teams are undefeated and so few are winless. If they keep these refs around the best record in the league by years end might be 9-7.

  23. jtfawver says: Sep 24, 2012 9:28 AM

    Chiefs defense finally went back to man to man coverage and Justin Houston helped Hali with the pass rush. Made the difference.

    As a realist fan though, if Matt Cassel doesnt play better we won’t win much. He almost got Bowe, Baldwin, and McCluster killed against a bad defense.

    Jamaal Charles isnt quite 100% back, but it looks like he is close enough to really help the team. I’m sure his cutting will get sharper as the year goes on.

    Overall good win for KC. Regardless of it being ugly, when you go on the road any win is a good win. Never thought we’d come back when we were down 18.

  24. johninthewest says: Sep 24, 2012 11:34 AM

    The pickle will return to the jar next week..

  25. jtfawver says: Sep 25, 2012 9:09 AM

    Pickles are great on cheeseburgers… which I’m assuming Romeo had 4 of before his press conference.

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