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Chiefnj2
12-19-2011, 07:10 AM
Wild, wild West. Kyle Orton riding into Denver in Week 17 to play the man who took his job, Tim Tebow -- with the winner making the playoffs? Here's how it happens: Home teams win all games involving AFC West teams next week (Buffalo over Denver, Kansas City over Oakland, Detroit over San Diego). Then Orton-Tebow is a play-in game in Week 17 ... and who knows? Maybe NBC finally gets the Tebow game it wanted so badly this weekend, this time with a playoff berth on the line.

***
Romeo Crennel finally tastes the Gatorade.

In all his years assisting Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells, and his four years coaching the Browns, Crennel never got the bucket dumped over his head. "Not even the year we won 10 games there,'' he said. "The only time I got it was after I got fired in Cleveland, and I coached in an East-West All-Star game in Orlando against Marty Schottenheimer, and we won. That's it. I have to say, it felt pretty good today.''

Kansas City ended Green Bay's hopes for a perfect season, winning 19-14 at Arrowhead behind a steady game by Kyle Orton and a relentless game from the defense that wanted to show management that Crennel deserves the full-time gig.

Crennel did a couple of things to give the Chiefs a chance against the Packers, six days after taking over for the fired Todd Haley. Haley was wedded to the highly marginal Tyler Palko for some reason, through four mostly poor performances, and Crennel yanked him for veteran Orton during the week. And his game plan against the 13-0 Packers was just what his players wanted to see. Aggressive, risk-taking.

"We're quite fond of him and his philosophy,'' cornerback Brandon Carr told me. "Today, we laid everything on the line. The way Romeo coaches, he makes you confident. He told us, 'You're professional athletes. You can win this game.' ''

I like what Crennel said about the coaching change. "I think the change put our guys on edge,'' he said. "There has to be a bottom-line mentality that you're going to be judged for what you do on the field. These guys really had that today.''

I told Crennel when he watches the tape, I thought he'd see a defense that played as hard as any in football Sunday. "I'm glad you noticed that,'' he said. "That's what I felt down on the field."

It helped that the Packers line ended the game in tatters, with Tamba Hali abusing Marshall Newhouse at left tackle, and the middle of the line caving in late after Bryan Bulaga and Derek Sherrod were lost with injuries. But there's no question the Chiefs were playing for Crennel. They know there will be a coaching search (GM Scott Pioli's second), and they'd like to give Crennel his second chance at a full-time gig.

"Everyone in this game has an ego,'' Crennel told me. "I have one too. I'd like to have another opportunity to prove I can do this job. I had one in Cleveland and we won 10 games one year, then got hit hard with injuries the next year. Scott knows me, and that helps. But he knows me as an assistant, not as a head coach. Now he's got to see me as a head coach.''

Crennel used The Gladiator to help get his team ready for this game. He'd seen it last weekend in the hotel, before the Chiefs played the Jets, and he took some Russell Crowe into the Saturday night team meeting with him. "I told the team that, like the gladiator, we were going to play a great team in Green Bay, and no matter what comes out of these gates, we've got to stay together,'' Crennel said. "We did that. I told them after the game, 'Everyone expected us to die with honor today. But we're not ready to die.' ''

Amazingly, they're not. A lot has to fall right next week, but the Chiefs have a chance to enter Week 17 with a playoff prayer.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/peter_king/12/19/Week15/index.html#ixzz1gzQ6qhjV

ChiefsandO'sfan
12-19-2011, 07:15 AM
It would be nice to play for the playoffs sunday night in denver.

Buehler445
12-19-2011, 07:18 AM
Say what you want about King, but people talk to him.

And ROFL @ "highly marginal" I'll remember that as an alternative for trash.

Mile High Mania
12-19-2011, 07:19 AM
It would be great to see things come down to the wire with lots of teams still "in it" ... granted, I'd love for Denver to win...

The Iron Chief
12-19-2011, 07:21 AM
Damn why couldnt the Rivers we all know show up last night as well as the damn Ravens.

Oh well theres no way Rivers gets thru the next two weeks without sprinkling an untimely int or two.
I'm more confident that we can win the next two than the rest falling into place..obviously many of us feel like this.

Mile High Mania
12-19-2011, 07:26 AM
Damn why couldnt the Rivers we all know show up last night as well as the damn Ravens.

Oh well theres no way Rivers gets thru the next two weeks without sprinkling an untimely int or two.
I'm more confident that we can win the next two than the rest falling into place..obviously many of us feel like this.

Denver had a number of things go wrong this weekend - most of them self inflicted and it was bound to happen at some point.

I think they'll play better and win @ Buffalo this week. Anything can happen, but the Bills are falling apart and I think Denver will recover.

notorious
12-19-2011, 07:31 AM
"Haley was wedded to the highly marginal Tyler Palko for some reason"

This.

notorious
12-19-2011, 07:34 AM
It would be great to see things come down to the wire with lots of teams still "in it" ... granted, I'd love for Denver to win...

Other than being a Chiefs QB, is there any animosity towards Orton in Denver?

KCtotheSB
12-19-2011, 07:35 AM
"I told the team that, like the gladiator, we were going to play a great team in Green Bay, and no matter what comes out of these gates, we've got to stay together,''

I got a boner.

Sofa King
12-19-2011, 07:42 AM
Crennel used The Gladiator to help get his team ready for this game. He'd seen it last weekend in the hotel, before the Chiefs played the Jets, and he took some Russell Crowe into the Saturday night team meeting with him. "I told the team that, like the gladiator, we were going to play a great team in Green Bay, and no matter what comes out of these gates, we've got to stay together,'' Crennel said. "We did that. I told them after the game, 'Everyone expected us to die with honor today. But we're not ready to die.' ''

This is awesome.

Barret
12-19-2011, 07:47 AM
Crennel used The Gladiator to help get his team ready for this game.

Quick, Someone post a photoshopped picture of Hali yelling "ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED!!!!" after he sacks Rogers.....or sacks anyone for that matter.

Mile High Mania
12-19-2011, 08:00 AM
Other than being a Chiefs QB, is there any animosity towards Orton in Denver?

I can't speak for the masses... most will say he was the root of their issues though, but I don't buy it. I always maintained that it didn't matter who was playing QB if we failed to rush the ball with consistency and the defense failed to improve.

Both happened with the QB change - coincidence? Personally, I think Orton can be the starting QB on a team and reach greatness... he's not an elite guy, but few are elite. Orton (like many, even Tebow) needs a lot of talent around him and if "the team" is failing... then they're not going to win.

I think Orton got the shaft in CHI and in DEN... is he the answer for KC? I dunno, but I would want him over anything you have had the last few years. I think Orton can be a good QB and help a team win. So, no ... no animosity towards him from me. And, I wish him the greatest success in Week 16... not week 17 though. :clap: I hope Elvis and Miller land on him early and often.

BoneKrusher
12-19-2011, 08:05 AM
Orton vs Tebow should be an awesome matchup week 17.

notorious
12-19-2011, 08:05 AM
I can't speak for the masses... most will say he was the root of their issues though, but I don't buy it. I always maintained that it didn't matter who was playing QB if we failed to rush the ball with consistency and the defense failed to improve.

Both happened with the QB change - coincidence? Personally, I think Orton can be the starting QB on a team and reach greatness... he's not an elite guy, but few are elite. Orton (like many, even Tebow) needs a lot of talent around him and if "the team" is failing... then they're not going to win.

I think Orton got the shaft in CHI and in DEN... is he the answer for KC? I dunno, but I would want him over anything you have had the last few years. I think Orton can be a good QB and help a team win. So, no ... no animosity towards him from me. And, I wish him the greatest success in Week 16... not week 17 though. :clap: I hope Elvis and Miller land on him early and often.


Well put. Thanks.