There aren't too many Browns players who have been around for all three head coaches (four, if you include Terry Robiskie) since the return of the franchise in 1999, but the few who remain are very happy with what they see. To the best of my knowledge, there are only six or seven players who will be on the opening game roster, who have seen, first-hand, all of the head coaching changes. Those six or seven were here when Romeo Crennel was an assistant coach under Chris Palmer in 2000.
One of those players, who at this point will remain nameless, told me that Romeo's personality hasn't changed a bit since then, despite the success that he achieved after going to New England. In addition, the locker room has never had a better atmosphere than it has now, and that is not just because the players have to say that.
Clearly there were personnel problems in the locker room before, along with a lack of trust of the coaching staff. But that is no longer the case. That could change if the wins and losses don't change, but right now, according to my conversation, everybody appears to be on the same page.
In addition, the veteran players have really taken a liking to owner Randy Lerner. Lerner has earned that respect because he has figured out when to be around, and when to stay away. I don't think players, for the most part, could less who the owner of a team is, as long as the checks clear, but it must be comforting for Lerner, Crennel and Phil Savage that the atmosphere has turned around so quickly.
Isn't it interesting, that as of today, there are ten Mid American Conference players on the Browns roster, and only one, Kenard Lang (not including Kellen Winslow, Jr.) from Miami (Fl). There aren't many from Florida or Florida State, either, although newly acquired QB Doug Johnson played at Florida.