OPENING STATEMENT: "On our injury front: (Dwayne) Bowe will not practice, (Russ) Hochstein will not practice, (Abram) Elam will not practice. Ryan Lilja was limited. Branden Albert is limited. All the others should practice, and we'll see where everybody is after today. We're getting ready to go to Oakland. We travel tomorrow, and it's going to take a total team effort. That's what we've been focusing on, talking to the guys about all phases needing to play well. So, that's been the concentration on going out there. In the past we've played good games against them when we've been out there, so I expect it will be another good game this time around as well. That's where we are, and that's what we're working on."
REID FERRIN (CHIEFS INSIDER): Can you talk about what you've seen out of Richard Seymour?
CRENNEL: "Not much lately because he's been injured and hasn't been playing. I think he's missed five games. They said they've got him listed as limited. I don't know what his situation is. We'll probably have to wait until Sunday to find out."
RANDY COVITZ (KC STAR): There have been two tragedies in the past few weeks. What can a club do to avoid this?
CRENNEL: "I think each club, the NFL, has programs in place that try to educate players. I think that's the biggest thing is to try to educate players, and then also provide forms of help for them when they need help. I think all clubs do that. The NFL has programs in place, and try to make it as meaningful to the players as we can make it. Sometimes, they feel that programs that are provided, everybody knows about them, the club knows about them and the NFL knows about them, and they don't want people to know about them. But the league has taken steps to try to keep the privacy between the player and the counselor or whoever he has to deal with and it's not public knowledge. The coaches don't even know a lot of times what's going on. That's by design to try to help the player, so they have to take the education and be able to use the help to try to help themselves."
COVITZ: Do you say anything when the guys leave here?
CRENNEL: "The offseason, I think that's the time that's much more worrisome because they're out of your control. They're not into a regiment like during the season. Their time is pretty regimented. They have to be here at a particular time, and they're going to be here until a particular hour. They work, so they generally need some rest when they leave here. Hopefully they're not going out, running around all hours of the night because they do have to come in the next morning. In the offseason, that regiment is not there, and they have time on their hands and they're at home and with their friends and things like that. That's when coaches worry the most about what can happen. Here again, you try to educate them before they leave and talk to them about staying out of bad situations and walking away from situations that become contentious. It's kind of up to the individual. You try to teach them the right thing and hope they make the right choices."
GRETZ: Have you ever had a conversation with a player to get them to change their behavior before they get in too much trouble?
CRENNEL: "I've had opportunities to talk to players about their lifestyle and about what they need to do to try to straighten themselves out. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. "
JAY BINKLEY (610 SPORTS RADIO): Do you see Ricky Stanzi getting any playing time in the last three games?
CRENNEL: "That depends on several things. That depends on injuries for one. Depends on how we try to finish up for two. I don't know that we'll just throw him out there to see what we have. If we feel like he's the best guy or that he gives us the best chance, then that's his best chance."
FERRIN: How do you prepare while knowing Richard Seymour may or may not play?
CRENNEL: "I think that you have to prepare as if he is going to be there because he's been a starter. He's been a productive player for them, and what I know about players, if they can play, then they will play. So, you have to prepare for him like he's going to be there. But then again, you have to prepare for his backup or for the guy who has been playing in his spot. So, you have to prepare for both."