Crennel digging in hard with KC offense

Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel told reporters Wednesday that coach Romeo Crennel has been around the offense more now that he's relinquished his title as defensive coordinator to linebackers coach Garry Gibbs.

“He’s been in our meetings a lot more this week," Cassel said. "I’ve seen him around and that’s been a little bit different from the first half of the season so far.”

Crennel clearly feels like he needs to be around the offense more. It will it matter for the 1-7 Chiefs? We will see.

In other AFC West news:

San Diego linebacker Antwan Barnes didn’t practice Wednesday with a hamstring problem. Left tackle Jared Gaither (groin), defensive end Corey Liuget (hamstring) and safely Atari Bigby (quad) were all limited Wednesday for San Diego.

Kansas City defensive end Glenn Dorsey is not practicing and I wouldn’t expect him to play at Pittsburgh on Monday night. He re-injured his calf at San Diego last week. It previously kept him out for several weeks.

CBSSports.com counts Detroit, Miami and Arizona among the teams interested in cornerback Stanford Routt, who was cut by Kansas City on Monday.