Romeo Crennel on Peterson: 'He's still fantastic'

Brian Tinsman
November 15, 2018 - 9:31 pm
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Romeo Crennel is one of the most accomplished defensive coaches in the NFL, sporting five Super Bowl rings, three of them earned as a defensive coordinator.

So when he says that a player still has what it takes, you better believe him.

The Texans defensive coordinator spoke to the media on Thursday to discuss the upcoming matchup against the Washington Redskins. His goal is to stop Redskins running back Adrian Peterson.

He knows it's not that easy. 

Reporter: "What do you see different from Adrian Peterson this year? He was fantastic in the past, so what's different about him now?"

Crennel: "He's still fantastic."

Peterson goes into Week 11 tied for fifth in the league with 672 rushing yards and tied for 13th with four rushing touchdowns. Just as he shakes off tackles, he has also shaken off a shoulder injury that was supposed to limit him all season (he's back to bench pressing) and a scary leg injury suffered in Week 4 doesn't even show up on the injury report anymore.

“My body is just kind of feeling refreshed," Peterson said this week. "The second half has been a blessing to me. (It's) a grind the first eight weeks and here now, as I stand in front of you guys, my body is feeling amazing."

At the age of 33, Peterson is still as "All Day" as he ever was. Even Crennel has to tip his cap as he prepares to stop him.

"When you think about it and what he's able to do, how hard he runs and what it means to him to be the best runner--he takes a lot of pride in being able to run the ball," Crennel said. "That's kind of the way that it's been all the time with him. He's a strong runner, he breaks tackles, and we're going to have to get everyone to the ball to get him on the ground."

 

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