Browns Owner Lerner Speaks to the Media on Teams Recent Issues


The situation with Romeo Crennel, Phil Savage and the future of the Browns remains very much in question after owner Randy Lerner had a session with the media on Tuesday. It was a rare media session for Lerner, who told the media that no decisions would be made about his football operations men until after the season.

“I will take issues and concerns and criticisms very seriously and think through them and evaluate them in January,” said Lerner. “That is at the core of the analysis. What happened? How do you go 10-6, play good football, have the NFL generally excited, get six prime-time appearances. How does all that happen and you struggle this way?”

The Browns have been a huge underachiever this season, right now sitting at 4-7 and waiting for a visit Sunday from Peyton Manning and the red-hot Indianapolis Colts. The Browns are overall 24-35 under the Savage/Crennel regime, and so many things have happened this season against them, it’s hard to know where to even start.


For now, Lerner is going to have to sit back and think long and hard about what Browns fans really want – and that is for former Steelers coach Bill Cowher to come in and take over the team in 2009. Lerner said that the team has not spoken to Cowher, whose name was being chanted at the end of Sunday’s 16-6 loss at home to the equally as bad Texans.

“It’s a privilege beyond belief to be involved with a football team, especially your home town team and I’m not prepared to throw in the towel at 46 and suggest I can’t get the job done,” he said. “On the other hand, I don’t want to live in some delusional bubble somewhere.”

If Crennel and Savage are allowed to be a part of the team after this season, that bubble is exactly what Lerner will remain living in.


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