The Crennel Era was in shambles after the 2008 season. The team went 4-12, and quite frankly needed a reboot. The team quickly hired Eric Mangini, who coached the Jets to a 9-7 record that year and was promptly fired.
The team in 2009 was one game better than the 2008 record. They went 5-11 and was on a four-game winning game streak to prove something. Inside the slideshow, the differences between the two eras are shown.
Thanks to Eric Mangini, the team got a swift kick in the ass, as Mangini ran the team harder and meaner. This was quite a departure from the country club atmosphere Crennel was running. Mangini changed the culture of the team, and now the Browns are now better for it.
Mangini also got rid of the diva-ish like behavior that ran through the locker room. He first dealt Winslow in February of 2009, and Edwards in mid-October last year. This was also another change from the Crennel regime.
Crennel allowed the diva like behavior in the locker room and promptly ruined the chemistry, and most of all, the season.
This offseason, the Browns have departed ways with Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn. The team was pulled apart with the constant changing of quarterbacks, and therefore ruined the chemistry with the wide receivers.
This offseason, the drama of quarterbacks and divas are thankfully gone and are non-existant. During Crennel's tenure, drama and unsatisfaction went hand in hand together.
Tom Heckert's drafting skills were much more apparent and thankfully much better. He drafted a steal in Hardesty, and got gems such as Mccoy and Carlton Mitchell.
I really can't say if Heckert's draft is going to turn out good or even great, but I can say that Heckert's tenure in Philadelphia was a very good one, and that why the Philadelphia Eagles were successful year in and year out.
Unfortunately, I can't say the same for Phil Savage, the general manager that was in Cleveland during the Crennel era. He drafted a couple of good players in Joe Thomas, D'Qwell Jackson, and others such as Eric Wright abd Brandon Mcdonald. But overall, his tenure in Cleveland was pretty much a bust in itself.
The Browns finally, after a trial of misfires and misfortunes, landed Mike Holmgren, a man that has experience and is savvy. Holmgren, to my knowledge, has one won a Super Bowl with the Green Bay and went to another with the Seahawks in 2006.
The Browns finally got the right man, and things are looking up for the Browns after so many bad years. This was a breath of fresh air, compared to the downright ugly and torrid front office that Browns once had during the Crennel era.