The Romeo Crennel Era in Cleveland: 15 Minutes of Joy, Four Years of Pain


Published: May 4, 2009


... return to glory. It did, for a few weeks in 2007.

The rest of the four-year era was marked by poor decisions and non-sensical gameplans.

In addition, personnel debacles were a staple of a career in which he finished his four years at 24-40.

One of the most alarming traits of Crennel was that his training camps were more like a country club, and thus his team came out of the gates every year looking unprepared. Crennel never won a week one game in his four years as Browns coach.

In addition, a lack of true conditioning in training camp may have possibly, but not definitely, led to the swarm of injuries the team dealt with.

His system was one of accountability rather than using discipline. His players appeared unfocused and unmotivated as time went on.

By the end of each season, his team lost its focus, and the locker room turned into hailstorms of controversy.

Among the locker room battles was a dispute on the sidelines in 2006 betwee...

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