Due to the Browns' last two losses, it's easy to have a knee-jerk reaction and call for the head of coach Romeo Crennel. That said, I am one of the people who thinks he needs to go, for the following reasons.
He's had only one successful season, and Cleveland's 10-6 in 2007 had little, if anything, to do with his coaching. As we all know, that record was a product of beating bad teams and losing to decent ones. In fact, the Browns lost in week 17 to a mediocre Bengal team when a win would have put them in the playoffs.
The winning season was mainly a result of the surprising play of Derek Anderson. It seemed that his play surprised no one more than Crennel, who saw him at practice daily.
Despite his familiarity with Anderson, Crennel initially chose Charlie Frye as his starting quarterback; it took only one game to get Frye to the other side of the country. I have no doubt that Brady Quinn would have taken Frye's place had he not been a hold-out. So Crennel deserves absolutely no credit for Anderson's success.
Two sad games into this season, Browns' fans would be hard-pressed to find a single coaching move deserving of praise. Prior to the Dallas debacle, the entire team, including Crennel, had no confidence whatsoever. The fourth-quarter field goal call down 28-7 was ridiculous.
The game against the Steelers was even more depressing. Illegal formation on a kickoff, false starts, and assorted other penalties were all assessed to Cleveland. Crennel displayed clock mismanagement that would humiliate a high school coach.
And yet again, Cleveleand kicked a worthless field goal, this time with under four minutes remaining. Some would argue for the sound reasoning of the kick, but I cannot fathom believing a team can give up the ball, get it back, and score a touchdown in under a minute when they could only manage two field goals in 57 minutes.
Crennel has proven to me that he's a coordinator, at best. It's time that the Browns admit they erred in giving him a contract extension and bite the financial bullet. Bill Cowher's out there, and perhaps he'd love to come back to the AFC North and settle his score with the cheap Rooneys in Pittsburgh.
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