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Old 06-11-2014   #581
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Is it just me, or are we mentally back to where we were before the draft with itchy posting fingers? LOL
Yup. I reckon the next big topic will be next week. If AJ doesn't show up people will really be up in a tizzy.
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ah, man, I think I'll take a couple of weeks off from the forum if AJ doesn't show up.
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Crennel charged with upping production
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“I’ve been fortunate in my career and I’m blessed,” Crennel said. “And I appreciate that, but I can give you a dollar and a half with that and buy a cup of coffee. That is just the way this business is. It is what have you done for me lately, and I haven’t done anything lately. I’ve got to work to try and get something done.”
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...The Texans forced only 11 turnovers in 16 games, the lowest number in the NFL. Their turnover margin of minus-20 was 40 net turnovers lower than the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

Despite having the best interior lineman in the NFL in J.J. Watt, a man who commands attention in the pass rush, the Texans as a group notched only 32 sacks all season. That ranked 29th in the league.

These numbers are simply not good enough...
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Defensive Coordinator Romeo Crennel, 8/01
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(on the progress of the defense) “They’re learning a new system. They’re putting in the time. They’re working hard to try to understand it and grasp it and I think that they’re making progress doing that. They’ve got great attitudes and they’ve been working really hard, so if we can keep that up, I think that we’ll make enough progress to be competitive.”

(on his defensive staff coming together) “It’s a good staff. I like the guys on the staff. We can communicate, talk to each other, agree to disagree and then come out on the same page and that’s a good sign about that.”

(on Jadeveon Clowney) “Well you can tell that he has talent but he hasn’t been out here that much. He’s recovering from that little minor surgery he had, so we’re still working with him through that but he’s beginning to be in on more plays and do more things and I think that as soon as we can get him out there more, he will improve more.”

(on Trevardo Williams’ status) “I think he’s been released, from what I understand.”

(on the nose tackle battle) “Well, we’ve got some young guys there, that they are all working to try to understand the system here again and to try to make some things happen. But we still have a ways to go yet and I think that they know that.”

(on if it’s hard to evaluate the defense when its going against an offense that is also learning a new system) “True. Generally, defense comes along a little bit faster than offense. Offense, they have a tendency to do a lot of things, more things than we’re doing. Defense, if you can react and you run and chase the ball and tackle, then you can make plays. Even if you do screw up, you can make a play and you still look halfway decent. Offensively, there’s more precision on that side of the ball, so generally it takes them longer to jell and show up.”

(on Kendrick Lewis) “He understands the system. He knows what we’re looking for and he can help the other players as far as technique goes and as far as my personality goes. It’s beneficial that way.”

(on what the other middle linebackers look like with Brian Cushing out) “I think (Justin) Tuggle has done a good job, (Max) Bullough has done a good job as Mike linebackers and the guys who are calling the signals are in there. (Jeff) Tarpinian and (Mike) Mohamed, both of those guys have done well. I’m encouraged by the group overall and I’m encouraged that they’re going to be able to get some things done in this system.”

(on if Brian Cushing is closer to coming back and being able to play) “He’s working with the trainer and the trainer will let us know. The trainer tells us he’s making progress, so hopefully he’ll be able to get out on the field soon.”

(on how having Brian Cushing back will change the complexion of the defense) “Any time you come back from an injury, you have to see how you do. If he can do ok and do what we expect him to do and what he’s done in the past, I think that will help the defense improve.”

(on Brooks Reed) “I like his versatility. He can play inside. He can play outside. That’s why we worked him inside some in the offseason. Now we’re working him outside. So he provides us that flexibility. Then on game day, when you start counting numbers and things like that, having a guy that can play two positions is a value to you.”

(on Kareem Jackson playing the nickel cornerback position) “Well I think he enjoys that position. I think he likes playing it and I think he’ll do a good job at it because he can cover a little bit. You’ve got to have a guy who can cover there.”

(on if anyone has surprised him on defense with effort and standing out) “There’s great effort by everybody. You cannot help but see J.J. (Watt). He just shows up with his effort and the way he goes about his job and working at it.”

(on players knowing the assignment of the other players around them on defense) “That’s the way this system works. You have to work together in the system and I have to do my job so the guy next to me can do his job. If we all do our job, then the defense looks better.”

(on D.J. Swearinger) “D.J. has good ability. D.J. enjoys playing football. That’s the best thing about D.J. and I think that you’ll see it when game time comes, particularly. We’ve got him playing a couple different positions and he enjoys it and he’s sticking to it and he’ll be a valuable guy for this team.”

(on the nickel cornerback position being potentially tougher than the outside corner positions) “It’s learning. That’s the thing about that position because (D.J. Swearinger) is a safety but being at that nickel position, he comes down. D.J. comes down (and) becomes a linebacker. Just like Kareem (Jackson) is a corner, and then he goes inside and basically he becomes a linebacker. You have double-learning and you’ve got to be sharp enough to pick up on it and get all those keys for all those positions. But those guys are doing very well at it and they’re working at it. We’re encouraged by what we see.”

(on the free safety position) “What we’ve done is we’ve taught the safeties left and right. As we start game planning, then we might make a guy our down safety and a guy a deep safety. But they’re both left and right safeties and both have to learn strong and free.”
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We started to see a bit more disguise in the defensive packages with some drops by the down linemen and blitzing safeties in the week two preseason game versus Atlanta. I'm looking forward to getting more and more film on RC's approach with this group.
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Man, I really like RAC's even-keeled sensibilty...

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(on how the defense has responded with a ‘next-man-up’ mentality with the injury to OLB Jadeveon Clowney) “Well, it’s the next man up. But Clowney is a rookie and he had missed some time so it’s not like he was entrenched. So you have to have that mentality because you know injuries are going to happen in the NFL. When the injury occurs, then the next guy has to step up. We preach that to them from Day 1 that they have to be ready to go and when they’re in the game, they’re a starter.”
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(on how OLB Whitney Mercilus has improved since he first started working with him) “Whitney has always been a studious guy. He has been studying our system and trying to get on board with it. I think he’s made progress in that. But the thing about Whitney, I think he played many plays last year and he was out there all the time. So when he went in last week to play, it was no big deal for him. He did what he had to do to help us win. It will be the same this week. He’s going to do his best and he’ll do what he has to do to help us win.”

(on how the talent on this defense compares to some of the defenses he’s coached on) “Everybody has talent in the NFL. I don’t care where you go, everybody has talent. Everybody might not have the same amount of talent and all the talent might not play the same, but everybody has talent. When you talk about comparing this group with another group, I think it’s early still because we’re new at this and they are new to our system. I think that you have to let them get their feet on the ground in the system and see how it goes before you start making comparisons with other groups.”

(on if this defense has the potential to be greater than any of the other defenses he’s coached) “I don’t know. That’s hard to say. One guy I used to work with said, ‘You have to have some pelts on the wall.’ We don’t have many pelts on the wall. After we start putting some pelts on the wall, then we’ll see how we can compare.”
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(on if specifically tries to do things that the rookie quarterback has not seen before) “That would be helpful.”

(on OLB Brooks Reed and what he did to enable him to make big plays vs. Washington) “I thought Brooks had a really good game as you mentioned. Brooks is another player that played most of the plays on defense last year. He was out there all the time. You saw that he was a good hustle guy. It looked like he was in position where he was supposed to be. He didn’t seem to make as many plays last year for whatever reason, but we didn’t do anything special with him. He has his assignment and he did his assignment at a high level, which allowed him to make some plays. Hopefully that will continue and we’ll still be talking about him next week and the week after that and as we go down the road.”

(on Bill O’Brien talking about Crennel’s ability to mentor young coaches and if that’s something he likes to do) “I think my style is to get involvement from young coaches and let them coach. I think that if they’re going to become good coaches, you have to let the guy coach. We try to let guys be responsible for their areas, have input into the gameplan, input and suggestions on the sideline, then I decide if those suggestions will work or won’t work and how much we’ll do and how much we won’t do. That way, everybody buys in. I think that’s part of the team mentality that we’re fostering around here. It’s a team. Everybody is a part of it. Everybody has a role and everybody’s role is important. When you get guys to buy in to that and they know that they’re entitled within the system, then they put more into it and it means more to them.”

(on if young coaches are ever able to talk him out of a gameplan) “If they have quality points that they can make, yeah they can talk me out of something. They have to have done the research and be able to make the points why this may be better than what I’m thinking.”

(on how his role is different now than it was when he was in New England) “It doesn’t. I’m the defensive coordinator. I put the plan together. I call the game on Sunday. That’s what I did in New England.”
Note the emphasis on Reed and Mercilus taking too many snaps in games last year. You see Patriots rotate guys out, make sure they're not too gassed. I think that helps develop the young guys, too.
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