In Romeo they trust

It took Romeo Crennel a while to land an NFL head coaching job, but it took him almost no time to earn the unwavering respect of his players.

Updated: August 3, 2005, 12:08 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

BEREA, Ohio -- For the first 11 seasons of his career, Trent Dilfer, like a lot of NFL players, never wore knee pads and thigh pads. In his 12th training camp, however, the Cleveland Browns quarterback checks every day now to make sure the pads are in his football pants before he goes out to the practice field.

Why the change? Because early in training camp, Browns coach Romeo Crennel casually mentioned he wanted his players to wear them. And for Dilfer and most of his teammates, well, that ...

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