Classy Moves and Big Numbers

Here is the first report from today's event in Berea, where Fred Greetham recounts a classy post-game handoff. That, plus more day-after reaction straight from Berea to you...

Class Move: Romeo Crennel was awarded the game ball by QB Trent Dilfer after the Browns win over the Packers. It was Crennel's first win as an NFL head coach after 25 years as an assistant coach.

However, Crennel turned around and gave it to the entire team.

"I told the team this ball belongs to the 2005 Cleveland Browns because they deserve it," Crennel said. "It took them all. Everybody made a contribution. That's what it took to get the win."

Crennel drew praise from his team for the gesture.

"He's an amazing person," Dilfer said.

Crennel said he really hasn't had time to reflect on the significance of the win.

"You don't have time to celebrate in the NFL," he said. "You go home and go to bed and get up and come in and break down the film."

"On the plane coming back you have a little time to reflect," he said. "It ran through my mind I'm appreciative of everyone who's worked with me and helped me along the way."

Good Performances: Crennel singled out several players for their performance against the Packers. He cited Trent Dilfer, Steve Heiden, Braylon Edwards on offense and Andra Davis and Orpheus Roye on defense, along with punter Kyle Richardson.

"Dilfer did a nice job," Crennel said. "He had a good rating and executed the offense pretty nice. That's what we were looking for when we signed him. Those are some of things we expected."

Dilfer was 21-of-32 for 336 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions He had a QB rating of 131.8.

"The biggest thing was we were able to overcome our mistakes and keep our poise," Dilfer said.

"Heiden did nice job with six catches for over 100 yards, but that big play helped us a lot," Crennel said.

On Davis and Roye, Crennel said. "Roye is pretty solid," Crennel said. "He's not going to be a sack master but he's going to be solid and that showed up. Often times, linemen in the 3-4 are overlooked. The guys who sack the quarterback get the attention. Guys who play the run really well sometimes get overlooked."

Roye had five tackles and a sack.

"Andra Davis is learning the defense," Crennel said "He had 19 tackles, but he still can play better. He has a better understanding of the defense and how he fits in. The style is a little different than what he was asked to do before."

Davis downplayed his big number of tackles.

"It shows everyone is doing their part," Davis said. "I'm just doing my job. Every time out on the practice field, I'm learning more and more and adding something new to my experience."

Crennel likes the field position that the punter gave them.

"Kyle Richardson did a nice job punting the football," he said. "Field position helped us tremendously."

Richardson averaged 44.5 yards per punt, including three inside the 20.

Injury Update: Crennel said the Browns came out of the Packers game in pretty good shape. FB Corey McIntyre pulled a hamstring and LB Orlando Ruff suffered a concussion. Both players will be evaluated later today, but aren't expected to be serious. Ruff returned to the game after his injury. WR Josh Cribbs (knee), CB Leigh Bodden (groin), LB Matt Stewart (knee), RB Lee Suggs (ankle) and TE Aaron Shea (pectoral) were all inactive. Suggs, Bodden and Shea practiced last week and will be updated on Wednesday.

Braylon Coming out Party: WR Braylon Edwards scored his first NFL touchdown and went over the 100-yard mark for the first time in his career. However, Crennel said he's not automatically going to move up to a starting spot.

"He's right where he should be on the depth chart," Crennel said. "He's coming. He's improving. If he keeps making plays like he has, he'll move up a little faster.

"We have guys already here making plays," he said. "If a guy can help us, we're going to use him. I tell the guys if they're on the field, they are a starter, at least for that play."


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