Ohio.com - Crennel can do better than coin flip

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CLEVELAND: Just flip a coin? That's how you pick the starting quarterback for the first Browns exhibition game? Those were not the wisest words to come from the mouth of Romeo Crennel since he became coach in ...
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Roger in Michigan

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Aug 11, 2007
 
I gotta agree with you, Terry, except that you were too polite. The coin toss for starting QB was an insult to all four Cleveland QBs, not to mention the rest of the offense and the offensive coaches. Charlie Frye should've been the clear choice to start that game - not only because he has the most playing time at the postion during the past few seasons, but because he gamely tried to get the offense moving last year and took a beating every game during a weird season of revolving coordinators. Anderson took over briefly last year in a no-pressure situation when Frye was too injured to play, but didn't show me that he was good enough to win the starting job under those circumstances. Remember, it was Crennel's stubborn delusion that his good buddy (and resident moron) Maurice Carthon could actually dream up a viable game plan that was the real reason Cleveland had the most pathetic offense in the league last season - not the injuries. If this was Crennel's idea of joke, it wasn't funny for a head coach who has one of the worst three-year records in NFL history. The irony I see in Crennel's coin toss fiasco is that, if the Browns don't show some genuine improvement on offense this year, it's very likely that Romeo will the one looking for a new job in 2008 - not his quarterbacks.
Ted from Copley Muskegon

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Aug 12, 2007
 
The thing that bothers me the most is having to watch the national media make fun of the decision. ESPN has a Frye & DA coin flipping during the highlights? C'mon do we really need another reason to be mocked? I know the coach wants to keep it a fair competition but if that's the way RAC wanted to make the choice, how about doing it in private and don't follow it up with a rock, paper, scissors joke.
Since 1979, I have paid over $32,000 for season tickets ONLY not including PSLs, Merch, Food, fuel, hotel, airline and other related expenses to watch my team play, it's not funny anymore.
matt

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#3
Aug 12, 2007
 
My thoughts exactly. I couldn't believe what I heard last Friday about the starter being picked from a coin toss. That's a cliche; not a decision making tool. How did they give this guy the reigns to a professional football team and why did it have to be the Browns. I'm sick of losing!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for putting it in print. You are right-on as usual Terry. Keep up the good work.
EdsinNaples

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#4
Aug 12, 2007
 
A coin flip?

Why don't you let the players, choose?

No wonder the these guys like playing for Crenel. Imagine Belichick having a coin flip.

No Belichick made the hard, and right decisions on Kosar (who was on the decline, and even Hanford Dixon ( Mcafee the wide receiver from Denver) had his way with him in the previous year's playoff game.

Lovable, Grandpa Crenel, will never be harsh on his boys.Allegiances will kill you in the end. On the other hand, he has never turned the switch from "Coordinator", to Head coach.

The clock is ticking, and this latest idiot move, puts him closer to the exit door.
Jack Hill

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Aug 12, 2007
 
This pathetic coach once again demonstrated how totally overwhelmed he is as a head coach. The Boston media was right on three years ago when Crennel was hired. Their consensus was that he was a loyal employee who followed orders but was lost when forced to make decisions himself. The guy has to go.
VTy

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Aug 12, 2007
 
Maybe RC is trying to prepare the 2 QB as career backup by the coin toss & alternating series - you just never when/how long you're going to be in the game as a backup
VTy

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#7
Aug 12, 2007
 
Romeo is lost as usual and I just hope that Weis is correct about Brady. Both were Bilicheck's diciples and have much to prove that they were more than coordinators who were successful because of what Mumbles did.
Sal

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#8
Aug 12, 2007
 
Terry, I gotta agree with you.

All of the OTA's, all of the training camp sessions and it comes down to a coin flip?

They must really want Quinn to win the job or could it be there be a Ken Dorsey on the horizon?
Bill

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#9
Aug 12, 2007
 
RAC is a sad joke of a coach -nice guy or not he has got to go (as soon as possible).
Bruce S

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#10
Aug 12, 2007
 
I detect a bit of bitterness in your latest lambasting of Romeo Crennel. Your article reeks of favoritism--it's pretty obvious that you prefer Anderson over Frye and you're disappointed that your boy Anderson flunked miserably. Frye clearly played better. Your suggestion that one Qb play the entire 1st quarter and then let the other one play the second isn't exactly fair either. The second qb would have an advantage in that he would be playing against mostly second stringers. At any rate, the coin flip bothers you way more than it does Frye and Anderson. Quit making a mountain out of a mole hill.
easybakeguy

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#11
Aug 12, 2007
 
The game is won and lost in the box; with the ever-changing mediocre offensive line, it doesn't matter who the QB is.
OldManGrump

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#12
Aug 12, 2007
 
Don't worry, "Coin Flip Romeo Crennel" will be fired when the Browns are 0-8 to start this season. They looked pathetic last night even though they won by a miracle run back.

Brady Quinn will start the 2nd half of the season. Let's hope he's as good as his new salary package is.

At least the toilets worked at the stadium.

Go Browns in 2009 and 2010 !!!
theresnocryininf ootball

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Aug 12, 2007
 
It was no big deal to me. Who cares? Its exhibition football. Neither qb shined under chud's new offense in practice therefore RAC saw them as just about the same. Let the preseason play out and give them a chance before we start complaining, bickering and scrutinizing.
StickMcNeil

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#14
Aug 12, 2007
 
I'll say it again. Romeo got it over on the media with the coin toss and the media hates it. He has said all along that CF & DA are even. If he names one or the other the media will find a way to twist it and say one guy is actually ahead of the other. A coin toss prevents that and the media hates it so they criticize Romeo's method. Now, Frye clearly outplayed DA last night , despite his mistakes so I'd be shocked if Romeo doesn't make him the favorite for game two.
Steve Morgan

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#15
Aug 12, 2007
 
Making a big deal about how which of two mediocre quarterbacks are selected. I guess the "Get Cowher" campaign has begun in earnest.
OldManGrump

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Aug 12, 2007
 
Steve Morgan wrote:
Making a big deal about how which of two mediocre quarterbacks are selected. I guess the "Get Cowher" campaign has begun in earnest.
Bill Cowher would never come to a loser organization like the Browns, besides he's burnt out. Dream On !!!
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#17
Aug 12, 2007
 
Yep, Frye lost his head there for minute, but it was only a practice game.
What concerns me is the lack of vision from the management in the coin flip comment - was Romeo even at camp? was he out at some lounge? Bring on Bill next season and Clevelamd would WIN.
Also, the play calling was somewhat predictable
Doug

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#18
Aug 12, 2007
 
I don't know why everyone's so excited about Bill Cowher. First of all, I'm not sure he would ever come back here. They would have to pay him a TON. Isn't there a story that he still has his first paycheck from the Browns that he never cashed because it was so small?

Also, there was a story awhile back about how most coaches hit the wall after age 50 because they're burned out. Give me a young guy that has something to prove. Cowher said it himself. After he finally won the Superbowl, it just wasn't the same anymore.

URBAN MEYER IN 2008!!
Bdawg44

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#19
Aug 12, 2007
 
Put in Quinn. Your paying a lot of money to have a rookie sit the bench. If he gets hurt, you know that you have 2 quality backups in Frye and Anderson. Let Quinn prove himself. Who knows, we all me suprised.
jerry

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#20
Aug 12, 2007
 
Crennell is so stupid he can't figure out which of his lousy quarterbacks is worse. Thus, the coin toss.
I agree with Doug on Cowher. One Super Bowl victory over 15 years is not something that encourages my confidence. Sure he has personality that translates well in the media, but Cleveland fans will become increasingly frustrated with not advancing in the playoffs each year. Of course, he is better than what we have had since 1999, but that isn't saying much. Remember, Cowher is from the Shottenheimer coaching tree.

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