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Crennel tries new tack to motivate players

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV/AP) -

The last few weeks, there's been a sign outside the Chiefs' locker room that read, "Eliminate Bad Football." It was taken down this week and a new sign tacked up Thursday.

This one reads, "Play Good Football."

Coach Romeo Crennel said the message was simple: It's time to replace negative thinking born out of a 1-5 start with some positive thinking heading into Sunday's game against Oakland.

He said he may have left the old sign up too long.

"I thought that after we put that bad football sign up, we didn't eliminate bad football. So I thought maybe if I changed it and put up the sign that said, 'Play good football,' we might play some good football and put that in the forefront of their mind."

He said he wants to create positive thinking and wants the message forefront in his players and staff's minds.

"Let's play some good football is now a thought in their mind and hopefully that will carry over to Sunday," he said. "It's a buzz point to get them thinking about things."

Linebacker Derrick Johnson said Crennel is trying to lift the team's moral.

"We can't let other teams come in here and capitalize off our mistakes," Johnson said. "We have to cut down our mistakes and speaking from the defensive side of the ball, we just have to come out relentless. We've got to come out like crazy dogs and go out and play."

The Chiefs are in a state of change.

"There are a lot of changes going around," Johnson said. "Somehow we need to get back to winning and we need to do it this week. We have to."

The Chiefs were off last week, giving them a chance to hit the refresh button a season that's spiraling out of control. So in another attempt to change the status quo, Crennel said he swapped out the signs this week to try to get across a positive message to his team.

But don't expect a 'Win the Super Bowl' sign up at Arrowhead.

"We're not ready for that yet," Crennel said.

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