Romeo, Romeo, Wherefore Art Thou, Romeo?

Nate PowersCorrespondent INovember 25, 2008

With five games remaining in the 2008-09 NFL season, Romeo Crennel's coaching career in Cleveland looks to be nearly over.

Crennel's predecessor, Butch Davis, stepped down with five games left in his fourth season at the helm in Cleveland.

Davis' record as a head coach for the Cleveland Browns? It stood at 24-35.

Romeo Crennel's record is 24-35 as of Sunday's mediocre loss to the Texans at home.

An offense that was eighth in the league last year is ranked 27th this year.  Crennel's specialty is defense but the Browns' defense is at the bottom of the league yet again and also ranked 27th in the league.

It doesn't help that he has a pro bowl quarterback who can't throw to receivers, and when he does happen to get it to the receivers the wide outs drop the pass.

Braylon Edwards leads the league in dropped passes. 

Off the field incidents have plagued the team, ranging from a staph infection cover up concerning Kellen Winslow, to Phil Savage losing control of himself in an email, and quarterback controversies.

Unlike Davis, the players are behind Crennel.  They care for him like a grandfather.

Crennel has backed up Savage, even when he knew the outcome was bad.  Earlier in the year Savage told Crennel to put Brady Quinn in after a loss to the Ravens.

Earlier that day Romeo told the media that Anderson was the man under the center, only to change his mind a few hours later.  He was quoted saying, "Brady is our man, hopefully he won't fall on his butt."  Way to be behind your quarterback, coach.

Romeo has come out publicly and has blamed himself for the debacle that is the 2008-09 Browns. 

In last week's loss to the Texans Crennel took out Quinn in favor of Anderson, sparking a huge amount of boos in Cleveland Browns stadium.  The fans started chanting "Cowher, Cowher..."

This might have been a last ditch effort to save his job, but he might be a little too late.  With every loss, Crennel's job is on the line. 

His only hope is to try and get the Browns to finish at .500, which is a far stretch.  The only thing that can change the way the Browns have been since returning to the NFL is to change the entire front office, and it starts with owner Randy Lerner.