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Crennel wants to crack down on dancing

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The Chiefs haven’t had much to celebrate this year.

But the timing of their first big dance party was enough to make coach Romeo Crennel wince.

The Chiefs were penalized 15 yards for a group celebration in Monday’s loss to Pittsburgh, on a touchdown that was called back.

“I have no idea,” Crennel said, via Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star when asked if the national spotlight brought it out of them. “It was a surprise to me to see some of those celebrations, per se. The rules are explicit about no celebrating, particularly group celebrations. You cannot have those. Our guys, they know the rules and they should not have done it.

I will talk to my players about that, and I don’t expect it to happen again.”

Several players, including defensive captains Derrick Johnson and Eric Berry, were part of a Kid ‘n Play routine after Justin Houston returned a fumble for a touchdown, but the play was ruled an incomplete pass, giving the Steelers the ball back, plus an extra 15 yards.

“We had some penalties that were really uncharacteristic of the guys on this team,” Crennel said. “They were celebrating and dancing and those kinds of things. With the record we have, we really can’t afford to be dancing or anything like that.

“Our focus should be on trying to play good football and trying to do everything to help the team win and not do things that cost the team field position and give a good opponent some momentum and those kinds of things.

“I do have a young team and I keep mentioning that all the time. Young guys do make young mistakes. We’re going to educate those guys about their actions, . . . and then we’re going to eliminate it.”

The Chiefs have been effective at limiting celebrations all season, and after their moment in the sun, chances are they’ll go right back to not having anything to dance about.

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23 Responses to “Crennel wants to crack down on dancing”
  1. ralphiepower says: Nov 14, 2012 8:18 AM

    This guy!! he brings back images of Rich Kotite!

  2. lennydpocketqb says: Nov 14, 2012 8:23 AM

    Is this the town in Footloose? The D finally does something good. Let them dance! Let every player celebrate!

  3. gronkspike802 says: Nov 14, 2012 8:27 AM

    I don’t get why celebrations aren’t allowed. They are paying them millions of dollars to entertain us, so let them entertain.

  4. kacapaco says: Nov 14, 2012 8:32 AM

    It must suck to be a Chiefs fan these day.

  5. acasar123 says: Nov 14, 2012 8:36 AM

    If ever there was an incident which best describes the state of modern professional sports it’s this one. When I was young, most of the science fiction fantasies concerned time-traveling to the future. Now, I find myself wishing I could go back in time! The sad truth is sportsmanship and integrity mean nothing. Today’s athlete cares about one thing–making the highlight reel on Sports Center.

  6. wtfpft says: Nov 14, 2012 8:45 AM

    1-8, dance your hearts out kc it makes you look as good as your record. This team is all kinds of messed up.

  7. FinFan68 says: Nov 14, 2012 8:51 AM

    Celebrate after the game not during the game. Some of these clowns (not just Chiefs) celebrate after simply being involved. Allowing 13 yards on 3rd and 10 is no cause for celebration but it happens all the time. Every time there is a moderately good play they defensive player runs 15 yards downfield to ensure he is the only player in the camera shot and then poses. The offensive players do the same thing and it even happens during hurry up offenses/2-minute drills.

    Some of these celebrations are the equivalent of a McDonalds worker hopping the counter and spiking the napkin holder in the middle of the lobby just because he remembered to salt the fries.

    Enough with the look at me exploits (they are demonstrations, not celebrations)…they usually cost the team.

  8. savocabol1 says: Nov 14, 2012 9:04 AM

    As long as the Chiefs keep playing like they are then they won’t have a chance to dance anytime during a game.

  9. polegojim says: Nov 14, 2012 9:04 AM

    Disappointing. Crennel is right – these guys know the rules, but have so little respect for him and the team, they obviously don’t care.

    Where’s the team leadership? Seriously guys – act like you’ve been there before and show some poise.

    Man up and realize that ‘one good play’ doesn’t erase your embarrassing season. Act like that matters first.

  10. reidthewritingonthewall says: Nov 14, 2012 9:05 AM

    It was a great dance though

  11. ireadpftforthecomments says: Nov 14, 2012 9:05 AM

    Don’t worry, Romeo. The way your team is playing, I don’t think you have to worry about many more celebrations….

  12. roverboy1949 says: Nov 14, 2012 9:27 AM

    If the play was ruled an incomplete pass, how can there be an illegal celebration after a touchdown? The play was dead when the ball hit the ground. there is no foul, is there?

  13. abninf says: Nov 14, 2012 9:31 AM

    I pay to watch football, not see a bunch of dudes shake their hips.

  14. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop says: Nov 14, 2012 9:41 AM

    The funniest I’ve see is the Niners dancing around like idiots before kicking (should have drawn flags) thinking they were going to beat the Rams and having to settle for a tie.

  15. hehateme2 says: Nov 14, 2012 9:46 AM

    Yea, That’s the problem….

  16. jjackwagon says: Nov 14, 2012 9:52 AM

    Their dance moves are better than their play. I guess now we know which one gets the most time during practice.

    Bunch of spoiled brats playing at Grandpa’s(Crennel) house.

  17. bigshadetree says: Nov 14, 2012 9:55 AM

    He meant he didn’t expect another TD this year, hence no more dancing

  18. clu1perceiver says: Nov 14, 2012 10:29 AM

    None of the “Dancing, Taunting Fools” was questioned by the media about their willful acts of stupidity. Uncle Romeo can not or will not discipline his players. The content of their character is suspect. Can someone get even one of these guys on camera and just ask him why!!

  19. db105 says: Nov 14, 2012 10:57 AM

    What’s wrong with celebrating an inconsequential play? They do it all the time in basketball.

  20. rcali says: Nov 14, 2012 11:30 AM

    I’m not sure what is more pathetic, dancing like a bunch of 12 year old girls or practicing to dance like a bunch of 12 year old girls.

  21. i, flounder says: Nov 14, 2012 12:10 PM

    touchdown dances are the ed hardy shirt of the nfl.

  22. surfinbird1 says: Nov 14, 2012 2:03 PM

    Get a winning record and then you can dance until the cows come home.
    p.s. Nobody dance like the Gronk.

  23. txtuff says: Nov 14, 2012 3:30 PM

    I don’t understand why they keep the penalty. The touchdown was called back so how do they enforce a group celebration flag when there is no touchdown? Man on the drive KC repeatedly screwed themselves with flags that keep that drive going. Just shows why they are such a bad team.

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