Today marks the beginning of open season on NFL coaches, as two more were fired from their positions. However, neither firing was too surprising. Romeo Crennel of the Cleveland Browns and Rod Marinelli of the Detroit Lions were both fired just moments ago from their respective employers.
Unlike the Eric Mangini firing earlier today, which came as a bit of a surprise, both Crennel and Marinelli were expected to be fired once the season ended.
Romeo Crennel was the coach of the Cleveland Browns for three seasons. After a rocky start, the Browns seemed to have righted the ship last season with Anderson as their quarterback, and they entered the 2008 season with high expectations. However, once they got their more difficult schedule, the Browns soon realized they were outmatched by the higher level teams in the NFL.
Cleveland finished this season with a 4-12 record. Thanks to injuries they were forced to use four different starting quarterbacks. Not to mention all the off the field distractions with their players bickering in the media about everything from trust with the organization to the sanity of the locker rooms.
Browns GM Phil Savage was fired immediately after the season ended on Sunday. The rumors that Crennel would be fired have been circulated since early November, and today they were put to rest.
The Detroit Lions made NFL history this season. They went 0-16, not the type of legacy Rod Marinelli wanted to leave for himself as a head coach. The Lions were just woeful this season, and never seemed to be able to get it straight.
However, to Marinelli's defense he continued to coach his team, and the Lions never gave up on the season. They were playing tough in every game coming down the stretch of the season, and that says a lot to Marinelli's character to keep his players interested and motivated despite their record on the field.