HEAD COACH ROMEO CRENNEL (on if past experiences against QB-Peyton Manning help) Wednesday, September 21, 2005
"I doubt that very seriously. I went back and looked at all of the game film [Colts vs. Patriots] and I did not see Crennel playing one snap of football. I can't stop Peyton. These guys that I am coaching, I am going to have to put them out there and try to prepare them the best that I can and give them a chance to see what they can do. Historically, most teams in the NFL haven't done very good against him. I think there is only one team that has had any success and that's been the Patriots, but I don't have the Patriots right here."
HEAD COACH ROMEO CRENNEL (on it being a player's league and not necessarily all schemes and how you approach things) Wednesday, September 21, 2005
"It sure is. I think the coach on each team has to look at his team to see what his guys can do. What kind of players do you have on your team, and what are their skill sets? Then try to put them into position to use their skill sets. Just because the Patriots play Peyton (Manning) one way, that doesn't mean that everybody can play them that way and be successful, because everybody doesn't have the skill set that the Patriots have."
HEAD COACH ROMEO CRENNEL (on seeing QB-Peyton Manning evolving) Wednesday, September 21, 2005
"He is still evolving. I think each year he gets better because understands so much more now about what he is looking at, what he sees and what he needs to do to get the right play called."
HEAD COACH ROMEO CRENNEL (on if QB-Peyton Manning being better means more numbers or being more efficient) Wednesday, September 21, 2005
"Both of them. When you are better, you are going to be more efficient and chances are your numbers are going to be better. If his numbers are down and they are winning games, I don't think that you will here Peyton complaining at all because he wants to win and he's a winner. If they can win games, I don't think he'll complain about his numbers at all."
HEAD COACH ROMEO CRENNEL (on recent top draft picks not still in Cleveland) Wednesday, September 21, 2005
"They're not here for a reason, whatever that reason may be. I can't worry about those guys. The guys that I have to worry about are the guys I have on this team. We have tried to add guys to this team that we think will be good on the field and good in the locker room. We've added a linebacker (Matt) Stewart. He's a good leader and was productive for us. QB-Trent Dilfer with his experience as a quarterback can help us with this offense and develop some of that team chemistry that you need."
HEAD COACH ROMEO CRENNEL (on the Colts defensive line catching his attention) Wednesday, September 21, 2005
"Yes they do, they definitely do. You got nine sacks in two games and the quarterback pressures. They put a lot of pressure on the line, they put a lot pressure on the quarterback and they're effective. The guy who is supposed to be the rush master [DE-Dwight Freeney] over there, he's only got one sack. Maybe that is an indicator that offenses are trying to protect him and opening up other guys, and the other guys are good enough that they can take advantage of it. So that is a good situation [for the Colts] to be in."
HEAD COACH ROMEO CRENNEL (on the defense making it tough to make a game-plan) Wednesday, September 21, 2005
"Sure, it really does. If you decide you are going to double (Dwight) Freeney, and then you've got (Montae) Reagor running free into your backfield, that doesn't help you much. So now you have to decide who you are going to double."
HEAD COACH ROMEO CRENNEL (on sacks being an underrated statistic) Wednesday, September 21, 2005
"I would say so. If you can get a sack, that's a negative-yardage play and that's a momentum play. So you've got two things there that affect your opponent in a negative manner. So a sack is pretty good."
HEAD COACH ROMEO CRENNEL (on WR-Braylon Edwards fitting into his team) Wednesday, September 21, 2005
"He is beginning to fit in very nicely. He's still on a learning curve. He's not where he needs to be or where I want him to be at. When you miss time in training camp, in my mind it's tough to make it up. That's [training camp] good fundamental work that everybody is getting and that he missed. He missed a lot of good work that I think would have helped him."
HEAD COACH ROMEO CRENNEL (on what separates Tony Dungy from other coaches) Wednesday, September 21, 2005
"Tony is a solid football coach. I think Tony would like to win on defense and field position, and then use whatever offense he has to compliment the defense and special teams. He's building the defense and it looks like he might have it where he wants it the way they played the first two games."