Dick Vermeil talked about Romeo Crennel Wednesday on 610 Sports Radio and Crennel being that stabilizing force in Kansas City.
Vermeil communicated that with leaders – great leaders – things come naturally. I'm not calling Crennel a great coach based on one preseason game, but I am calling him better than good. Things do come naturally for Crennel, but that's what experience does. Todd Haley might have been a good technician with a receiver but not as sharp at the helm.
But it's just not Crennel it's the overall balance of the Chiefs. Unlike last season there are many stabilizers to Kansas City.
Pieces have been added to help right the ship. Coaches like offensive coordinator Brian Daboll are running up and down the field having fun. Working one-on-one with Jon Baldwin at every practice Daboll is mobile and energetic. As a result players are responding and likewise having fun. Hali said Thursday players want to practice.
Another anchor for the Chiefs will be running back Peyton Hillis.
Hillis importance to both Jamaal Charles and Matt Cassel will be huge in 2012. Hillis adds a factor that was missing with the aging Thomas Jones, first down on third and short. Not just that Hillis also adds a weapon in the passing game for Cassel. Hillis just isn't a one-dimensional guy.
What fans saw in Hillis first preseason game (Hillis averaged 10 yards a carrying and an 11-yard touchdown reception against the Arizona Cardinals) was magic. Hillis and his popularity could rival Charles in Kansas City, but I sense it won't matter to Charles.
I honestly believed every player that walked off the practice field after camp in St. Joe. This is a team thing and they'll win or lose based on that.
I was able to catch Peyton Hillis after practice Thursday on the conclusion of Chiefs camp in St. Joe.