Originally written November 10, 2012 on Down and Distance:
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel told reporters that if players plan on turning the ball over, they will be benched (Credit: AP Photo) The Kansas City Chiefs currently lead the NFL in turnovers with 29, good for a -20 turnover difference. Head coach Romeo Crennel is getting tired of the turnovers and has instituted a new team policy. If you plan on turning the ball over, plan on sitting on the bench. “I have to impart on them the importance of protecting the ball for this team,” Crennel said, “and sometimes to get that done, you basically have to threaten them. If you fumble it, I’m going to take you out of the game. And they will get the message.” The rule also applies to interceptions, which could mean trouble for Matt Cassel who currently is 3rd in the NFL with 11 interceptions and 3rd in fumbles lost with 3. Asked whether or not he would bench Cassel as well, Crennel told reporters the rule applies to him as well. “Yes, you can make a change there,” Crennel said, “but the thing is, you always have to know exactly what happened on the play and why it happened. If a receiver tips the ball up in the air, is that on the receiver or is that on the quarterback? I have to make that determination, so I’ll make the call. I’ll sit the receiver or I’ll sit the quarterback.” However, despite this new rule, Crennel said he will not take the team’s top play maker, Jamaal Charles off of the field too long if he happens to fumble. “Look, Jamaal Charles has fumbled the ball,” Crennel said. “So if he fumbles, and he stands over there with me for a little bit, then I put him back in, because he’s the guy who runs for a touchdown. But I have to try to put an emphasis on it, so I’m going to try to emphasize it and get them to understand the importance.” It looks like a number of Chiefs players could be spending the next few weeks on the bench.   Follow us on Twitter @DownandDistance Down and Distance Executive Editor - Brett Krummenacker @BKrumm_SKThe post Romeo Crennel threatens his players with benchings for turnovers appeared first on DOWN & DISTANCE.
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