Newswire: Bringing the Past Along

Romeo Crennel has to deal with his own history against the Indianapolis Colts


As anyone who has ever tried to fix a credit report can tell you, it's next-to-impossible to leave your past behind you. Sometimes, particularly with credit reports, it's next-to-impossible to leave someone else's past behind you, as well. But that's not today's summary of links on the Daily Newswire.

Romeo Crennel is probably learning right now that there's an upside and a downside to having a past that includes five Super Bowl rings.

The upside, of course, is that type those sort rings are nifty accessories, and go well with just about any outfit (even for manly men). Plus, it sure helps build credibility when doing things like interviewing for head coaching jobs and convincing your new football team to shut up and listen.

The downside is that all those teams you've beaten still remember all those butt-whippings you helped lay on them.

Such is the case with the Indianapolis Colts, a ridiculously good team that has gotten even better by doing things like bringing in DT Corey Simon to terrorize opposing quarterbacks.

Unfortunately for Romeo Crennel, all the jewelry in the world won't help him stop an offense led by a future Hall of Famer and motivated to perform after a slow start. It doesn't that the media is all abuzz about today's fashionable stat-to-quote, Peyton Manning's lifetime 0-5 record against Romeo Crennel defenses.

The Canton Rep's Steve Doerschuk even goes so far as to refer to Crennel as Manning's "one monster link with humility". Sean McClelland's editor labeled his story on a similar subject "Manning vs. Mastermind". The headline of Mike McLain's story in the Warren Tribune-Chronicle is "Crennel hopes to continue mastery of Indianapolis".

Well. I was wondering how a team favored by nearly two touchdowns would be able to get themselves fired up to play.

I think the Colts have found their bulletin board clippings, eh?

Crennel, of course, tried to stop the spin before it started as we reported yesterday. His quote appears in Mike's story: "I went back and looked at the tape, and I didn't see me play one snap in any of those games. I can't make any plays. I can't cover anybody. I'm not playing the game."

Crennel is right, of course. It makes logical sense as well that Crennel wasn't solely responsible for stopping the Colts all those times. After all, in a league (and world) where everything that works is copied, why haven't other teams simply aped Crennel's approach and shut down Manning? Perhaps there's more than scheming that was at work when the Pats beat the Colts all those times.

Elsewhere on the wire, the primary stories are about Trent Dilfer winning AFC Player-of-the-Week honors and the Browns dumping QB Doug Johnson.

A couple of other stories worth mentioning for consumption while drinking your morning coffee. The Associated Press has another nice write-up on Trent Dilfer's return to prominence, and the Terre Haute Tribune-Star has a take on how the Colts defense - which has allowed only ten points - can get (ugh) even better.

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