Romeo Crennel Likes Lovie HireJanuary 17th, 2014
People think of coaches from the Tuna Parcells tree to be dour individuals with the personalities of angry gators, guys who are only concerned with how to win football games.
That’s not Romeo Crennel. The long-time NFL assistant, who worked with Parcells and Bill Belicheat in New England and had two unsuccessful stints as an NFL head coach, is good guy.
The affable Crennel genuinely wishes for his fellow NFL coaches to do well. One of those is Lovie Smith.
Crennel has been in St. Petersburg this week coaching the West squad of the East-West Shrine Game. Joe caught up with Crennel who thinks the Bucs hit a home run in hiring Lovie.
“I followed Lovie’s career ever since he has been in the league, as both as an assistant coach and a head coach and I think he does just a tremendous job,” Crennel said. “I was excited for him to get this opportunity down here in the Tampa area. I think he deserves it, for one. You win 10 games and then [the Bears] let you go? That’s hard, but that’s the business we are in. He understands that.
“But with this opportunity, it looks like he has a good staff. I think they will get a good GM as well. And Lovie will have that defense humming because he is a defensive guy and it sounds like he has a good offensive coordinator. I expect good things from Love and his staff.”
Now a lot of NFL folks believe Lovie stepped into a gold mine of a situation, that former Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik loaded the roster and it just needed a good coaching staff for the Bucs to break out.
While Crennel didn’t deny the Bucs have good players, he threw up a caution flag before people start confusing the Bucs with the 1978 Steelers.
“Yes, there is some talent here,” Crennel said. But “if the talent were really great, you wouldn’t be getting a new coach. There are some things that need to be fixed. I think Lovie has a great football mind and will do well to fix those things. Then, it is good to have some talent when you are trying to fix things and I think that will bode well for Lovie.”