BEREA – Romeo Crennel doesn't take any solace in the fact the Browns appear to be playing better than what the fans might have expected through the first three games. The Browns are 1-2, but played very competitively, particularly against the Colts yesterday.
"I'm shooting for the stars," Crennel said. "We're in this business to win and that's what we're trying to do."
Crennel said looking at the film, his assessment was pretty much the same.
"After looking at the tape, it's basically the same," he said. "The guys played hard but we didn't make enough plays to win the game. We made too many mistakes and you can't do that against a good football team and expect to win. "
Crennel said he plans on taking the bye week to try and tighten up on some of the areas that have hurt them.
"We're going to try and use this week to improve our discipline and play smarter and give ourselves a chance to win some football games," Crennel said. "We are going to play smarter and win some football games."
Crennel feels the mistakes, particular the two taunting penalties on receivers Braylon Edwards and Antonio Bryant, along with the illegal block called on Frisman Jackson that cost the Browns a touchdown hurt the Browns badly. However, he said they're fixable.
"We made it tougher on ourselves," he said. "On the punt return for a touchdown the penalty took points off the board. When you take points off the board against a good team, it makes it hard on yourselves.
"The mistakes are fixable," Crennel said. "Taunting is fixable. You emphasize to the player what the official's are looking for. We have some momentum if we do some of those things."
On the punt return, Crennel felt Jackson might have been better to just have gotten out of the way.
"It might have been a questionable call, a touch foul," he said. "Maybe in that situation, you don't even attempt to make the block because the guy touched is not going to make the play anyway.
"Sometimes, they call it and sometimes they don't," he said. "There's a lot of things that go on special teams that's not called."
By the Numbers: The Browns are averaging 15 points per game (45), while giving up (64) 21.3 per game. One of the key statistics for the Browns through three games is the fact they have not been able to convert on third downs like their opponents. The Browns are 13-of-35 on third down for 37.1 percent, while their opponents are 16-of-32 for 50 percent.
The Browns passing game has surprisingly been good as the Browns have netted 802 yards versus 836 yards. Antonio Bryant has 15 receptions for 172 yards (11.5 avg.) to lead the team. Tight end Steve Heiden has two of the Browns four receiving touchdowns.
Droughns has 54 rushes for 204 yards (3.8 avg.). Projected over a 16-game season, Droughns is on pace to be the first Browns rusher to go over 1,000 yards since 1985 when Kevin Mack and Earnest Byner accomplished the feat.
"He ran the ball very hard," Crennel said. "He had the kind of effort you can build on. Whether or not he's going to be the guy for the rest of the year will be determined. He has a foot up on the other guys right now."
Lee Suggs played in his first game after recovering from a high ankle sprain. He did not carry the ball from the line of scrimmage, but caught two passes for seven yards.
Dilfer is 69-of-104 for 822 yards (66.3 pct.) including four touchdowns and two interceptions. He has a QB rating of 95.1.
The Browns have been penalized 20 times for 158 yards versus 14 for 96 yards.
Progress in Defense: Crennel sees progress being made in the defense, as they kept the high-powered Colts offense to just one touchdown.
"We've been making slow progress," he said. "We got a little better against the run. We held them to field goals and not touchdowns. However, if the progress was faster, I might be happier."
Injury Update: The Browns came out of the Colts game in pretty good shape physically and with the bye week this Sunday, the Browns will have a chance to get healthy. TE Aaron Shea (shoulder) was inactive as was LB Corey McIntyre (groin). KR Josh Cribbs (knee) and LB Matt Stewart (knee) have been out the past two weeks.
"It's still too early to see where Stewart and Cribbs are," Crennel said. "They're making progress and we'll see how they are later this week."