In what appears to be a recurring theme in Cleveland and elsewhere, Browns general manager Phil Savage is once again covering team head coach Romeo Crennel’s ample backside. The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi is reporting that at a news conference on Saturday, Savage gave a vote of confidence to Crennel. Savage opened his remarks with, “I’ll emphasize again today, there is no Romeo Crennel watch in this building. I’ve said it 10 times, he’s the right man for the job. There’s nobody else out there that could’ve won more than eight to 12 games over the last two years with the roster we had and circumstances and situations that we’ve been through. Motorcycle accidents, injuries, all sorts of things.”
And as you would expect, Savage blamed the media for the perception that Crennel’s job is on the line, telling the reporters at the news conference, “You’re in the business of creating controversy and conflict. We’ve had our share. Romeo and I are in the business to create cohesion and continuity. That’s the way we’re going to win. Obviously that’s cause for a little bit of a rub because we’re trying to do two different things.” I can envision right about now either the silence in the room where the news conference took place and/or the reporters biting their tongues trying their best not to laugh at Savage.
This is just my opinion, but I truly feel that Browns quarterback Brady Quinn will have a lot to do with whether Crennel and/or Savage keep their jobs or not. Savage isn’t obviously going to slam Crennel in public; so in essence Savage and Crennel are joined at the hip, so to speak. Until proven otherwise, this year should make or break both Savage and Crennel. I would truly love to see them succeed as the team has been through a lot and are just now getting their act together. But with the “what have you done for me lately?” attitude that permeates the league and the teams in the league, there are no guarantees. And unfortunately, 5 or 6 wins in Cleveland this time around will not cut muster.