And the reason is this: When Romeo Crennel’s teams run the ball respectably, they win 75 percent of the time. Seventy-five. Think about that.
The NFL resume for the Chiefs coach shows a record of 26-41 over four seasons in Cleveland and three games in Kansas City. But look closer: When Crennel’s squads have rushed for 130 yards or more as a team in a single game, he’s 15-5 (.750) in those contests. When they don’t, he’s 11-36 (.234).
In other words, it’s the difference between the Colts with Peyton Manning and the Colts with Curtis Painter. Heck, it’s a no-brainer.
At No. 78, Johnson was voted ahead of fellow Pro Bowl linebackers NaVorro Bowman (No. 85), London Fletcher (No. 87) and D’Qwell Jackson (No. 96).
“It’s been great,” Johnson said of the recognition he’s received since the conclusion of the 2011 season. “Being at the Chiefs for as long as I’ve been here, I’ve had some up and down seasons. But having Romeo Crennel come in here and turn this defense around – this 34 scheme – I’m loving it and having a lot of fun.”