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12-16-2011, 05:12 PM
Arrowhead Report: Muir moves back upstairs to call plays

By Josh Looney
Posted 1 hour ago

Offensive coordinator Bill Muir will move back into the coaches' box for Sunday's game, plus other notes to close out Packers Week

Though he’s been mindful not to change too much too quickly, Romeo Crennel continues to put his own mark on the 2011 Chiefs with small adjustments.

Crennel has made minor tweaks to the pre-practice stretching routine, meeting times and lifting schedules already. He held Friday practice at the team’s training facility rather than at Arrowhead Stadium and has been incredibly forthcoming with the injury surrounding QB Kyle Orton .

Orton, by the way, has been cleared to play and will start Sunday’s game against Green Bay.

Another change that Crennel has implemented for Sunday’s game is to send offensive coordinator Bill Muir back upstairs into the coaches’ booth.

Muir began this season in the booth, but moved down to the sideline against New England and had remained there since.

“Bill is going to call the game and he has better vision up there in being able to see more things,” Crennel said. “What I’ve found is that when you’re on the sideline you get a pulse of the team to find out how they’re feeling and how they’re reacting. You can look into a guy’s eyes and tell a little bit about him.

“But from the ability to view the game, it’s a limited view. So Bill wants a better view and he’ll go upstairs to call the game.”

Muir will call the plays and give them to quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn on the sideline, who will then relay the call to the quarterback on the field. The Chiefs used this communication system prior to Muir moving to the sideline four weeks ago.

Offensive game-planning has seen some changes this week as well.

“I’m not making any inferences, I’m just saying that with Todd (Haley) being an offensive-minded head coach he was involved in our game-planning on a significant level,” Muir said. “Obviously he’s not here, but we move on.”

In addition to serving as head coach, Crennel will continue to call defensive plays. There will be no change to the defensive play-calling structure as Crennel has always preferred to orchestrate the defense from the sideline.

“I was in the box when I was coaching in college, but I’ve been on the sideline most of my career,” Crennel said. “I just like that feeling of being able to talk to players, look them in the eyes sand get a pulse of what’s going on.”

Not-So Top-10

Ryan Succop was hearing it pretty good in the Chiefs locker room for his failed onside kick achieving a No. 1 ranking on SportsCenter’s Not So Top-10 list.

“Nobody knows what happened,” Succop began explaining just as Jackie Battle happened to walk by.

Battle heard what Succop was talking about, paused, and yelled back, “I’m sorry Ryan!”

Succop wouldn’t name names, but said there was more to the three-yard kick than simply missing the football.

“I’m not saying names, but I will say that right before I hit the ball my foot got clipped and that made it very difficult to kick the ball,” Succop said.

Sure enough, replay shows Battle looping behind Succop’s approach to the football.

Some have gone on to say that Succop’s fail may have been the worst onside kick attempt in NFL history. Locally, however, Succop has gotten a free pass since he’s connected on 17 consecutive field goal attempts.

Succop’s 17 consecutive field goals tie him for the fourth-longest streak in team history. He needs four more makes to tie Nick Lowery (21) for the team’s second-longest streak.

Of his 17-straight makes, three kicks have come from 50 yards or more and only one has left Succop’s foot with doubt.

“There was one kick – it was the 49-yarder against Pittsburgh on Sunday night – where I just didn’t kick it the way that I wanted to,” Succop said. “I knew it was going to be close and to be honest I wasn’t sure if it was going to go in. At the last second it kind of tucked in there.

“That was one where I look back and think that it was certainly nice to get.”

Rodgers and Romeo

What would Romeo Crennel’s tenure in Cleveland looked like if the Browns drafted Aaron Rodgers in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft?

Cleveland liked Rodgers, and he was there for the taking, but the Browns ultimately used the third overall pick to select WR Braylon Edwards. Many teams followed suit in passing on Rodgers that year until the Packers couldn’t help but pick the future Super Bowl winner when he fell into their lap at No. 24.

“I was fortunate to meet Romeo when I was coming out of college in 2005 and he was with the Browns,” Rodgers said. “I enjoyed our conversations and have a lot of respect for him. He’s been a coach in the league for a while and I’ve heard nothing but positive things about him and his coaching style and the players enjoy playing for him.

“I expect the Chiefs will play very hard for Romeo. At this point in the season there is a lot of pride involved and guys are playing for other motivating factors as well.”

Crennel also remembers those pre-draft discussions with Rodgers quite well.

“When you talk to quarterbacks, usually they are pretty sharp individuals and you’ll always kind of remember the demeanor that they have and how they present themselves,” Crennel said. “I always thought Aaron presented himself very professionally. You were impressed with Aaron after you spoke with him.

“Since that time, every time I see him on the field he always says hello. That’s the sign of being a good pro and a good player and a good person.”

Injury Report

Chiefs Injury Report

Javier Arenas and Jon Baldwin returned to practice Friday after missing Thursday’s workout because of illness. Also, Jon McGraw attempted to practice on his high ankle sprain but was unable to complete drills.

DOUBTFUL – S Jon McGraw (Ankle)

PROBABLE – CB Javier Arenas (Illness), WR Jon Baldwin (Illness), QB Kyle Orton (Right Finger)

Packers Injury Report

OUT – LB Desmond Bishop (Calf), T Chad Clifton (Hamstring/Back), WR Greg Jennings (Knee), DE Ryan Pickett (Concussion)

QUESTIONABLE – RB Brandon Saine (Concussion), G Josh Sitton (Knee), RB James Starks (Knee/Ankle)
PROBABLE – LB A.J. Hawk (Calf), LB Vic So’oto (Back)


Q&A with Romeo Crennel 12/16

By PR Staff
Posted 1 hour ago

OPENING REMARKS: “How we doing today? Alright, well I’m okay, I’m hanging tough. The game is getting a little bit closer and basically on Friday you put the final touches on your game plan and then you work on your situations, red zone, short yardage, and goal line and so we were able to get that done today. Not as sharp as they were Wednesday and Thursday, they were pressing a little bit so I talked to those guys about fixing problems and moving onto the next play because you do have another play that you have to get ready to go with. But then toward the end of the practice they were sharper and looked better so I think they’ll be okay and be ready to go.

“The quarterback Kyle [Orton] did a nice job, it looks like he’s throwing better so we’re going to start him in the game and he’s going to be the quarterback. Jon McGraw tried to practice today, he tried to do a little bit but he was limited in what he could do so probably he’s doubtful for the game. We were are able to get [Javier] Arenas back on the practice field and get [Jonathan] Baldwin back on the practice field and both of those guys are recovering from those flu symptoms they had so that was a good sign they were able to come today and get on the field. We’ll wrap things up tomorrow and then we’ll play on Sunday so that’s kind of where we are as far as this week is concerned.”

Q: Has Orton experienced any problems with handling the snap?

CRENNEL: “The ball has not been on the ground when he has taken the snap so that’s a good sign that there have been no fumbles with him.”

Q: So he’s taken direct snaps as well as shotgun snaps?


Q: Bill Muir indicated that he is going back upstairs to work on Sunday, was that your suggestion or his suggestion, what are your thoughts on that?

CRENNEL: “Bill is basically going to call the game and he has better vision when he is upstairs. He can see more things. What I’ve found is when you are on the sideline you get a pulse of the team. You can find out how they are feeling and how they are reacting because you can look into a guy’s eye and tell a little bit about him. But from the ability to view the game, it’s a limited view that you have of the field and what’s happening so Bill wants a better view so he’s going to go upstairs and call the game from upstairs, Jim [Zorn] will be talking to Bill and directly to the quarterback and so that’s the communication that we’ll have. And Bill and I, we talked about whether or not to keep him downstairs or put him upstairs and we decided that going upstairs would be probably the best thing.”

Q: As a coordinator you were down on the field, so you were willing to trade having your own eyes up high and having a better view for looking into a guy’s eyes on the sideline?

CRENNEL: “Yes. I feel like getting a feel for the players is best for me and I’ve kind of always been on the sideline. I was in the box when I was coaching in college but I’ve been on the sideline most of my career. I like that feel of being able to talk to a player, to look him in the eye, to get a pulse of what’s going on so that’s what I do. Now with that being said, you do have to have good eyes upstairs and people upstairs that do a good job for you and that you can count on and depend on and I’m comfortable with the guys that we have upstairs getting the information to me because I do have to rely on them to get information to me.”

Q: Do you have a go to guy up there or is it a team effort?

CRENNEL: “It’s a team effort. I’ve got Otis Smith and I’ve got Adam Zimmer. Those are the two guys up there and they’re two sharp, young guys and they do a good job. And not only do they have to give me information, they have to record the call, down and distance, the personnel, chart the routes, chart the plays. It’s a full-time job up there that they have and they do a good job and they come down at halftime and they draw stuff on the board, problem plays and if they have an idea or thought they let me know what they think then we make our adjustments and go from there.”

Q: You said the team is pressing. Do you have a sense of why you feel the team is pressing?

CRENNEL: “No, I thought it was just today that they were pressing a little bit. I didn’t think they were pressing on Wednesday and Thursday. It was just today, because of the execution, we didn’t execute as well as I wanted us to. But then like I told them after practice, I said everything is not perfect. If you’ve got a play that’s not a good play, you can’t carry that with you to the next play, you’ve got to put that one behind you. We have to get it fixed, put it behind you so that you can play good on the next play because if you keep carrying bad plays with you then you never play good because you are always worried about the bad ones. And like I said, toward the end of practice they got sharper toward the end and looked a lot better.”

Q: You have to be as close to perfect as perfect can be to be able to beat the Packers.

CRENNEL: “Well I think that you’re probably right. And they’ve proven that they get a lot of things done, this team coming in, the Packers. There’s no way you can get around the fact that they are a very good team. But still, that’s the thing about the NFL and athletics in general; you’ve got to play the game. And when you go play the game you just don’t know what’s going to happen and that’s the thing that makes it so interesting. As good as the Green Bay Packers are, I believe they put their pants on one leg at a time just like everybody else does. Now they play pretty good once they get those pants on but still our guy’s have been able to get up for the good teams, they’ve played hard and pretty decently against good teams so I think they’ll get up for this team and I think they’ll play hard. If we can do enough of the right things then we might have the chance to surprise some people.”

Q: What were the first impressions Aaron Rodgers made on you?

CRENNEL: “When you talk to quarterbacks, usually they are pretty sharp individuals and you’ll always kind of remember the demeanor that they have and how they present themselves and I always thought Aaron presented himself very professionally and you were impressed with Aaron after you spoke with him. And since that time, every time I see him on the field he always says hello. That’s the sign of being a good pro and a good player and a good person.”

  Q: Why are you so comfortable sharing information in a league and a day and age where it seems like every bit of information needs to be secret?

CRENNEL: “Well you can try to be secret as much as you want to or you think you can be secret, but in today’s information society there are no secrets. I might say I don’t know who the quarterback is going to be but probably somebody has tweeted this or text that and with enough digging you could probably find out which direction I was leaning. And the other thing was that I wanted the players to know where I stood. So there was no need to beat around the bush and let them have to say go talk to the coach, he’s the one that makes the decision. Well, I made the decision and this is how we are going and I think that that is just better all the way around for me.”

Q: Do you sense a more relaxed atmosphere around the team because of it? Can you make a correlation between the two?

CRENNEL: “I think the team appreciates the honesty. And that’s what I’ve found over the years. Players, they want you to be fair and if you’re honest with them that’s fair. They may not like everything you say to them or the things that you have to say but they do appreciate you being fair and honest.”

12-16-2011, 05:22 PM
So...the actual article is essentially a repost almost word for word of the press conference?

Keep up the good work there Looney!

12-16-2011, 05:36 PM
It's too bad Romeo had a bad hip replaced
I so want to use RAC knee phobia