KANSAS CITY, MO - May 13: Head coach Romeo Crennel of the Kansas City Chiefs jogs onto the field during the Kansas City Chiefs Minicamp on May 13, 2012 at the Chiefs Training Facility in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)
By now it's pretty clear that Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel is going to represent a complete shift in head coaching style from the man who preceded him. Former Chiefs head coach Todd Haley had a passionate, fiery demeanor that certainly had its advantages and disadvantages, just like any coach will have. Now with Crennel as his permanent replacement, the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction.
Crennel's been known for his consistent, steady, laid-back demeanor from his time with the New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns. A recent conversation with defensive line coach Anthony Pleasant at the Mother Ship gives a bit more insight into how that could work as a positive trait with this current Chiefs roster.
"Romeo was a coach that really emphasized the fundamentals -- technique, just doing the small things," said Pleasant, who played for Crennel as a player in New England. "That's the type of coach he was and he continues to be that kind of coach, always stressing fundamentals, just do your job. He was a guy that was straight up with you, told you the truth about how you were playing. His office was always open for a player to come in and talk to him."
As Pleasant works with him today, he says he's still the same man he was 10 years ago.
"He's still the same guy. He's really soft-spoken, low key, doesn't like a lot of attention going to him. He's the same person. That's what I like about him is that the game hasn't changed him. He's still the same person."