Crennel is the same way. He's pleased his team competed against Indianapolis, but to him it was just a loss.
"Until we win more than we lose, we're going to be losers," Crennel said.
While fans in Cleveland certainly will view the game with the Bears as an opportunity to move to .500, the Browns are not taking the matchup lightly.
"It's about us players going out and making it happen," wide receiver Dennis Northcutt said. "You can be in all the right directions you want, but as players, if we don't go out and do the right things then ... "
The Bears aren't the only team impacted by their No. 1 pick missing time in training camp.
Braylon Edwards has to do more than score one touchdown to unseat veteran Dennis Northcutt as a starting receiver. Edwards sprinted 72 yards for a touchdown against the Packers Sept. 18. He followed that up with four catches for 43 yards against the Colts, but hurt his team with a taunting penalty. Edwards remains the third receiver behind Northcutt and Antonio Bryant and is behind in his development because he missed two weeks of training camp in a contract holdout.
"He's still learning," Crennel said. "If he keeps making plays, then he might move up a little bit faster, but there are a couple of guys who have been here who are working really well. I think that the combination of all of them will be tough to defend.
"You see that if we have a weapon, we'll use it. Where they are on the depth chart doesn't necessarily matter because if a guy can help us, we're going to put him in the game and play him."
After three games Bryant has 15 catches, Edwards nine and Northcutt eight.
It Starts Upfront
GM Phil Savage's first off-season move was to target the interior of the offensive line.
When Ross Verba went off the deep end in his personal life, the team released him and signed L.J. Shelton.
Through three games, the moves have paid off. The team's offensive line won't remind anyone of the Redskins' famed Hogs of the past, but they are competent and professional - and playing better than any Browns line has in years.
With solid blocking, Reuben Droughns is on pace to become the Browns' first 1,000-yard rusher since Kevin Mack and Earnest Byner did it in 1985. Droughns has rushed for 204 yards in three games. At his current pace he'll finish with 1,088 yards.