tr1 Posted December 1, 2006 Share Posted December 1, 2006 Crennel will probably be packing his bags soon... Crennel firing not on agenda for Browns GM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061201/SPT0201/612010421/1067/SPT BEREA, Ohio - Romeo Crennel's boss isn't planning to make him the Cleveland Browns' next former coach. Browns general manager Phil Savage strongly backed Crennel Thursday, saying it was unfair to blame him for all Cleveland's problems and temporarily snuffing speculation the struggling club was on the verge of a coaching change. "Romeo has the total support of (owner) Randy Lerner and myself," Savage said. "He has the respect of the team. They believe in him. Randy and I are 100 percent behind him." Crennel, just 9-18 in two seasons with Cleveland, has come under heavy attack for the Browns' 3-8 record and a perceived lack of player discipline this season. During Sunday's 30-0 loss to Cincinnati, wide receiver Braylon Edwards, who has spouted off previously, argued on the sidelines with teammates - leading many to think Crennel had lost control of his team. Bothered by speculation about his coach's future, Savage said he met with Crennel before addressing the media and told him, "I'm going to try to put an end to this." Crennel appreciated Savage's public gesture but isn't so sure it will extinguish calls for his head. "It should be the end of the story," Crennel said. "But in my years in the NFL, I know things can change and do change." Several Browns were pleased by Savage's support of Crennel, who came to Cleveland shortly after winning a Super Bowl as New England's defensive coordinator - his fifth title as an assistant. "He's got nothing to worry about," tight end Kellen Winslow said. "He's a great coach." DOLPHINS: Daunte Culpepper had arthroscopic surgery to remove knee cartilage that has hampered his recovery from last year's reconstructive surgery. "Behind his kneecap there was a little piece of articular cartilage that was causing some catching," coach Nick Saban said. Culpepper will remain on the active roster, at least for now, so there remains a chance he'll play again this season. PATRIOTS: The team has withheld details of the injury to 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker Junior Seau's right arm. Coach Bill Belichick said Seau isn't with the team now "because he's having something done with his arm" - but signs point to a broken bone. Seau clutched his lower right arm after he was injured on the field last Sunday, and trainers put an air cast on it. He was placed on injured reserve, meaning he'll miss the rest of the season. TITANS: Rookie running back LenDale White sat out practice because of a strained hip but said he should be back on the practice field today and will play Sunday at Indianapolis. 49ERS: Tight end Eric Johnson will miss at least the next two weeks after injuring his left knee during practice. Johnson, who has 32 catches for 282 yards and two touchdowns this season, will be replaced by rookie Vernon Davis, the No. 6 pick in this year's draft who missed seven weeks with a broken leg. GIANTS: Defensive end Michael Strahan did not practice Thursday, a day after he took part in his first individual drills since spraining his right foot against Houston four weeks ago. He is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against Dallas. VIKINGS: Nose tackle Pat Williams was downgraded to doubtful for Sunday's game at Chicago because of a right knee injury. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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