The Kansas City Chiefs were a team in turmoil last week, and owner Clark Hunt and general manager Scott Pioli were searching for answers.
They might have found at least one in Romeo Crennel.
"We should all feel pretty good. We should," Crennel said Monday. "I do."
Who would have thought that a week ago? The players didn't hesitate in praising Crennel for keeping them together.
"You (saw) what happened on the field," wide receiver Steve Breaston told The Kansas City Star. "A lot of things could have gone against us. People could have gone into the tank. He kept us together. He told us to stick together. He believed we were going to come out here and win."
Relive the 'The Longest Game Ever'
Crennel helped keep Kansas City in many games this season as defensive coordinator, and it was his calming influence that Hunt and Pioli sought to keep the season alive.
Crennel, who has made it clear that he wants to be considered for the permanent job, even received a Gatorade victory shower Sunday. Now it's up to him to make sure his players keep things in perspective.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.