“I don’t think I alter the expectations,’’ Crennel said. “You give him the reps and you give him the practice time to try to get him where you need him to be. Then I think that the young man is a conscientious young man. He wants to do well. He wants to help this team win. I think that he will do everything he can to do that.
“I’m asking him to be the most efficient nose tackle that he can be. If he can be that, he will help the team win. All of a sudden, I’m not asking him to rev up with what he’s doing or cut back anything he’s doing. I want him to play the technique the way it needs to be played. He’s still learning how to play the technique, so if he continues to learn and continues to perform, then I think he will be an effective player for us.”
5 Rush the passer. The Chiefs had seven sacks in the first preseason game against the struggling Cardinals, but even four of those came in the fourth quarter. The rush has slowed since, with the Chiefs getting two sacks each against the Rams and Seahawks. The Chiefs will be playing in the regular-season opener next week without Tamba Hali, so it wouldn’t be a bad time for another one of their rushers to make himself known.
QB Brady Quinn on being named the No. 2 quarterback:
“Regardless of what that title is, we’re preparing for the season. Everyone is just trying to get better every day, especially after the past couple of weeks. We’d like to get a win underneath our belts up there in Green Bay. That’s really the biggest thing on my mind.”
QB Ricky Stanzi on his reaction to Quinn being named No. 2 quarterback:
“My reaction is whatever spot the coaches want me at on this team, it’s my job to do that role to help out the rest of the team. We have a great quarterback room. We learn from each other. We learn from Coach (Brian) Daboll; we learn from Coach (Jim) Zorn. That’s our focus as a group, to try to do what we can to help our team and keep our room playing at a high level.”