Tamba Hali is a man of few words, a shy guy who let's his play on the field do the talking. He rarely, if ever, goes in front of the media, but today he did and gave a ringing endorsement of the interim head coach Romeo Crennel:
"Yeah, I think anybody on this team would agree with me, if we can keep Romeo as our head coach here, it'd be great. We love what he does, his game plan. As you can see what happened on Sunday, he was able to control the clock, along with our quarterback. That's something we haven't been able to do here in a long time is control the clock. That will win you games."
"He's very motivating, he treats us like men. He does expect a lot from us, but he knows what it takes to work in this business, how your body feels and that we're people, too. We love Romeo. If that's the question you're asking, we love Romeo. I don't know how to put it, but he's one of those coaches that's been a coach in this league. He has five Super Bowls. That type of resume—you want someone around that can help us get to the top."
This, in my opinion, is huge. Hali is one of their, if not the, best players on the team and when he says something he means it. Like he said, he's not alone in this, and after the game a lot of the players chimed in with agreement, not just defensive guys either, but offensive guys too.
Le'Ron McClain, an emerging leader this year in the KC locker room, said: “That was a head coach thing. We got that from Romeo. What a statement we made. It’s great for him, for his future here. I know a lot of guys hope so. I know he had us ready to play this week and we showed it, from the first drive on out.”
UPDATE: Reports are coming in now that Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Bill Muir is also endorsing Romeo Crennel to be the permanent Head Coach.
With the future still uncertain for Crennel and the Chiefs, one thing remains clear, he's got full support from the entire team and they will play their hearts out for him going forward. Although the players don't make the decisions, when looking at candidates this will come into play just like anything else, and it could set him apart and keep him here in KC running things for the next several years.