Believe it or not, missing a “voluntary” workout looks as if it has led to a demotion for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards. The outspoken wide out missed a workout last week after he informed the team he was not going to be able to be there. Edwards did show up the next day, and all appeared to be back to normal. That is until he was running with the third string team in drills on Tuesday. Browns head coach Romeo Crennel, whose job may be on the line this year in Cleveland, blew off that Edwards is no longer a starter on his football team.
“He did miss a day, and so he is probably just a little bit behind,” Crennel said Tuesday. “He worked on the third team. He worked with the second team, and I told the guys that the depth chart is not set in stone, and we’re going to move it around a little bit so that we can evaluate the guys and they can learn the system.” Maybe it’s not so much that Edwards is behind, but Crennel wants to send a message to his players that if you miss a team function, “voluntary” or not, you are going to pay for it. Right now it looks that way for Edwards.
Or maybe Crennel is tired of the attitude of Edwards, who seems to be the source of problems within the team every now and then. Late for a meeting here, shoving the starting QB there, bashing the starting quarterback in national radio, so on and so forth. This latest miss of a workout was due to a “family emergency” according to Edwards. He did not go into further details as to the problem.
Edwards is playing the role of good soldier, and that 2007 will be his best year yet. He has come into the workouts looking better than he has in years past, but what happens when the pads go on for real is anyone’s guess. “I saw the way in which I was perceived… ” Edwards said. “Whether it was right or wrong is a different story. I don’t want to be in last year’s category. I don’t want that type of press, negative or positive. I’m just going to keep to myself and do what I’m supposed to do.”
In some ways, Crennel knows from experience that Edwards is a ticking time bomb, and if he does put him in his place early, the bomb could go off and he could be out of a job before the teams bye week. That’s why no matter who it is, the third-year head coach is not about to take excuses from anyone on this Browns squad.