Audio of Crennel's press conference is available on the front page under "Media Center".
BEREA – In the aftermath of the loss to the Bengals, Romeo Crennel is looking for answers.
"We're in this boat together," Crennel said. "If we lose, everybody loses."
Crennel, although he wouldn't elaborate on specifics, he said there are a couple of things that need to be done.
"We need to have a couple guys cut back on what we're asking them to do," he said. "We're going to cut back on some things to see if we can play better football. A lot of it has to do with inconsistencies and work on that all across the board."
One of the main priorities during the off-season was to improve against the run. The addition of Ted Washington up front and the additional linebackers in Willie McGinest, Kamerion Wimbley and D'Qwell Jackson were to improve that area. However, both the Saints and Bengals have rushed for nearly 150 yards a game.
Rudi Johnson rushed for 145 of the 160 yards, including two touchdowns.
"Defensively, the run game was being able to slow them down," Crennel said. "It's tough to beat anybody giving up 160 yards a game."
Crennel was asked to explain some of the specifics on simplifying things, but shed little light.
"There are several guys we're asking to play several different positions," he said. "Sometimes, things run together. We're going to try to simplify things."
He did say he expected more of his run defense to date.
"Yes, I am disappointed," he said. "To give up 160 yards rushing is not acceptable."
Another major area that needs improving is on third down as the Browns are allowing the opponent to convert on over 50 percent of the third down opportunities.
"We're gong to continue to work on third down," Crennel said. "We were a little closer and if we can get closer, we'll be able to get off the field. The inability to get off the field on third down really impacts our defense."
Crennel did admit not having veterans like Willie McGinest or Daylon McCutcheon hurt the defense against the Bengals.
"If I would've had a McGinest or McCutcheon that would've helped," he said. "When you don't have them on game day, that hurts a bit."
Offensively, the Browns gained just 57 yards rushing with an average of just 2.9 yards. Reuben Droughns, gained 32 on 14 carries, including a touchdown.
"Our inability to establish the running game is hurting us," Crennel said. "We did make a play down the field in the passing game, but we still have to run the ball and make them defend the run. Those are some of the things we're going to concentrate on."
Crennel said the special teams were a bright spot. Punter Dave Zastudil had five punts for an average of 46 yards, including three inside the 20.
"Special teams did a good job yesterday," he said. "They gave us good field position."
On Charlie: Crennel said he thought QB Charlie Frye had a pretty nice game, despite statistically having two interceptions. He was 20-of-33 for 244 yards and a 58.1 QB rating. He was not sacked and rushed for 10 yards, including a touchdown.
"The turnovers we had were all tipped balls," Crennel said. "I think Charlie is playing pretty good. He's doing all he can to help the team win. He was relatively accurate. There were some dropped balls he had. He missed a couple, but overall, he did a nice job."
On Play Calling: Crennel said it all depends on the outcome.
"I understand when you lose nothing is good enough," he said. "I am trying the best decisions I can make.
"When the plays you call work you look good. When they don't you look bad."
Audio of today's press conference is available on the OBR home page in the "Media Center"
On Braylon Edwards' dropped pases: "He's probably trying to do too much, sometimes, he might be looking to go upfield rather than looking the ball all the way in."
Edwards had four receptions for 110 yards, including a 75 yard reception. However, he dropped two to three passes he should've caught.
Injury Update: Crennel said there were no significant injuries to come out of the game, but when asked the status of RB Reuben Droughns and LB Willie McGinest, there could be more significance to come out of the injuries.
"A few guys are sore," Crennel said. ".McGinest tweaked the calf in pregame and didn't think he could be very effective. Having him in there would've helped and his experience might've settled us down a bit, especially against the no huddle."
Crennel was asked if he tried to convince McGinest to give it a go.
"I talked to him and he didn't think he would be effective," Crennel said. "I don't know what people think what they think. I think if he could've played, he would've played.
He said CB Gary Baxter hurt his pectoral again.
"He might've aggravated his (pectoral)," he said. "They're going to do an MRI and evaluate where he's at. I think to some extent it affects him, because he can only use one arm."
"Droughns got banged up a little bit in his shoulder and the doctors will look at him,"
Droughns did have an MRI done on his shoulder, but didn't know the results.
"Sometimes, they don't tell me the results until the afternoon," Crennel said laughing because his meeting with the media is in the morning.
It also doesn't sound like WR Joe Jurevicius or McCutcheon are close to playing.
"Joe is rehabbing and is making some progress," Crennel said. " Daylon isn't moving as well as he needs to move."