Crennel likes possibilities in backfield

August, 15, 2012
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ST. JOSEPH, MO. – Romeo Crennel is as calm as they come. He doesn’t get overly excited about much.

Crennel, 65, has been around the NFL since 1981. He has five Super Bowl rings. He’s seen it all. That’s why he doesn’t go too much overboard on things. He stays reserved.

Yet, that tone changes a bit when the subject is his new running back tandem of Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis. Crennel gets a gleam in his eye when he talks about that pair.

“They have a chance to be very good,” Crennel said. “Very good. I’ve been around some very good running backs in my time, but I haven’t been around a pair like this. They can be so good together.”

What Crennel likes most about Charles and Hillis as a tandem is the versatility they bring to an offense. Charles has game-changing speed, while Hillis is a pounder.

“That’s a good combination to have,” Crennel said. “I’m excited about it.”

Crennel said he senses that both Charles and Hillis, who was signed from Cleveland, know they can be special together and they like working together. At a position where egos can be prevalent, Crennel said he not seen any attitude issues from either player.

“There’s a lot to be excited about,” Crennel said.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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