Looks like the 10-6 season for the Cleveland Browns looks like it is going to pay off in the pocket book of head coach Romeo Crennel. At least that’s the thought process of GM Phil Savage, who talked in Berea today and said that the team has “every intention” of giving Crennel more years on his original five-year deal that is set to expire in two years. There was some word that Crennel was already pushing for a new deal, and one report from the Akron Beacon Journal last week said that Crennel wanted as much as a five-year extension worth $5 mil per season.
This was the first successful season for Crennel, as the team was on the verge of a playoff spot for the first time since 2003, but they lost a huge game in the 16th week of the season to the Bengals 19-14, then in the last game of the year defeated the 49’ers at home, but lost out on the playoffs when the Tennessee Titans beat the Indianapolis Colts to win the 6th and final playoff spot in the last game of the season. Cleveland improved from 4 wins in 2006 to 10 wins this season.
The season didn’t start out all that bright for the team and Romeo, as they were shelled 34-7 by the Steelers on opening day, but then two days later they traded starting QB Charlie Frye to the Seahawks, put Derek Anderson in the starting lineup, and from there it was a “season of dreams,” (at least that is what one local sports talk radio host called it), as the team went 10-5 the rest of the way, and 7-0 at home.
Crennel is 60, and the team seems poised with young talent like Anderson, backup QB Brady Quinn, WR Braylon Edwards (Pro Bowl) and TE Kellen Winslow, to take the next step in the AFC North, as the Bengals and Ravens had awful years, and the Steelers struggled to a 1-4 mark in their last five games, including a first round exit from the playoffs Saturday night in a 31-29 loss to the Jaguars. The Browns had better give Crennel an extension, if not, he’ll for sure be on another sideline after his current contract is up.