The thought process from a majority of the media and fans at Cleveland Browns Stadium Sunday was in unision. The coaches and those within the Browns orgainzation had promised that at 1-4, the team would work hard in its bye week to try and get their offense on track. An offense that at times in the first five weeks of the season showed some promise. Clearly tight end Kellen Winslow and wide out Braylon Edwards had come to play this season, and while first year starting QB Charlie Frye was not the second coming of Bernie Kosar, he was a QB that the fans like and one that the team thought could win some games.
With that said, once the fans and those in the press box Sunday saw the Browns offense in the first half Sunday – heads were scratched, and tempers in the crowd flared. So what exactly did the Browns do while trying to revamp this offense for two weeks? The so called “improved” Browns offense managed just 7 points (and that came after a Denver turnover deep in their own end). Reuben Droughns, who vowed to come out strong against his fomer team, ran for just 33 yards and lost a fumble. There were dropped passes, interceptions, and even a penalty for having 12 men in the huddle. This is “improved”?
The fans and those that support the Browns have grown tiresome of the excuses. Tiresome of the week after week mistakes that have seemed to plague the franchise since its return in 1999. Triesome of what has become the – “same old Browns.” Kellen Winslow seemed to put into words the thoughts of an entire city that hinge every Sunday hoping that the Browns can revive the glory days of past: “It’s not looking too good, but we’ve got, what, 10 games to play?” he said. “We’ve got to stay together and not listen to the papers and what everybody’s saying. People will attack us from the left and right. The only thing that matters is staying together.”
One thing that will not stay together is the outside pressure that has already been put on the team to make some serious changes. Those changes may come now, or later, but if the Browns current streak of bad losses at home and on the road continues – they will come. One obvious change is to give the firm boot to offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon, who just does not seem to have a clue how to click into this offense. Sunday, season lows were reached in points (seven), first downs (10), third-down efficiency (1 of 11), total yards (165) and rushing yards (34).
Another soon to be victim of the way the Browns are going has to be second year head coach Romeo Crennel. The likeable former defensive coordinator of the Patriots seems to be disconnected with the urgency to get the job done. At least it sounds that way each week after the Browns take another one on the chin. “We had a good week of practice and felt we would go out and get something done against a good Denver defense,” said Crennel after the loss.
Then again, maybe Crennel does have a clue. He has to relize that by now that the team is getting lost in the shuffle, and if is not careful, he may soon be on the outside looking in himself. “If we start coming apart, we will have no chance at all.” No words more true out of the coaches mouth have yet to be spoken this season.