Romeo Crennel: Just because someone succeeds with Patriots doesn’t mean we’d be interested in him for the Chiefs
|02.26.12 at 2:10 pm ET|
INDIANAPOLIS — Scott Pioli is getting the band back together.
Well, maybe not the entire band. But the combination of Romeo Crennel as head coach and Brian Daboll as the offensive coordinator — not to mention the fact that Matt Cassel is still very much in the mix as the Kansas City quarterback battle — certainly gives the Chiefs a familiar look.
That’s why it’s been no surprise the Chiefs have been linked to running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, an impending free agent who has rushed for 1,675 yards the last two seasons for the Patriots. While not addressing Green-Ellis’ situation directly, Crennel said that just because a free agent flourished in New England, that doesn’t necessarily mean he’d achieve success with the Chiefs.
‘The schemes are not necessarily the same. They are different. Schemes change over time,’ he said. ‘Each year, coaches make adjustments. That’s what we do. We adjust to our personnel. We adjust to the opponents. We study ourselves and try to figure out what’s good and what’s bad and try to keep the good things in and get rid of some of the bad things so systems change.
‘Some of the terminology might be the same and all that, but that doesn’t mean every free agent New England has I want automatically say, ‘Hey, he needs to be on my team.’ That’s not the case. We have to look at every person and every player individually and try to figure out how they fit on this team and how we can use them and if they can help us. Then you make a decision on a player. So whether it’s a guy from New England, from Chicago or wherever, that’s the process you have to go through.’
And then, there’s the addition of Daboll, who was the offensive coordinator last year in Miami but made his bones as an assistant in New England — he was the defensive coaching assistant in 2000 and 2001, and later moved on to become the wide receivers coach from 2002 through 2006.
‘I’ve worked with him before and I know what he’s about,’ Crennel said of Daboll, who was quarterbacks coach with the Jets and OC in Cleveland before joining Miami prior to the start of last season. ‘I know how hard he works. I know how thoughtful he is. Then what he was able to do with Miami and how particularly toward the end of the year how that offense did was helpful in making me decide he was the guy.
‘The thing about Brian is I’ve seen his career grow from the time we were in New England when he was just a young whippersnapper and then he got to receivers and moved on to quarterbacks and became an offensive coordinator, so I’ve seen his growth and development, and thought he was on a good track and thought he would be good for the Chiefs.’