Passan: Winslow, Right or Wrong?

Rich offers his thoughts on K2 going to the press with his concerns about the Browns offense...

Kellen Winslow Jr. was absolutely right to go public with his concerns about the Browns' offense. So say the fans, who are fed up with what they've seen the last year and two games.

He was wrong, say others. Sure, he was frustrated say those who believe different channels should have been used to express that frustration. You don't air your dirty laundry in public.

So what was he?

It really makes no difference now because the damage has been done.

In speaking out against the club's mild performance offensively this season, Winslow in effect called out his coach and offensive coordinator. And that's where the problem area now lies.

There is no question that Romeo Crennel and Maurice Carthon now sit squarely in a seat so hot, it is highly possible their jobs could be affected. They are being challenged by an emotional wet-behind-the-ears kid pushed to the brink by the Browns' offensive ineptitude.

But he cares. And that's an attitude most fans have not seen from this team since Crennel took over.

Two losses in two games no doubt weighed heavily on Winslow, who was not used to losing like this at Miami of Florida and he wasn't really a part of the last two editions of the Browns.

All he did was echo the sentiments of hundreds of thousands of Browns fans all over the globe having difficulty trying to understand the meek Cleveland offense.

He wanted to stop the bleeding and this apparently was the only way he knew how to apply the tourniquet. It welled up inside of him before spilling over.

Young players often speak before they think. That might not have been the case here, though. It has been reported that Winslow thought long and hard before eventually opening up to the media Monday.

Obviously, his public utterances did not sit well with Crennel, who would have preferred a behind-the-doors meeting to deal with his player's concerns.

The head coach put on his brightest face after eventually talking with Winslow and assured everyone that an understanding was reached and that for all practical purposes, all was well.

No it's not.

I wouldn't be surprised if many of Winslow's teammates, particularly those on the offensive side of the ball, do not like what's happening and silently agree with his stance to open up the offense.

Hopefully, this will not split the team. That would be the worst scenario. Teams taking sides is tantamount to a poison pill.

That's why it's almost incumbent that Crennel, in charge of putting out fires, and Carthon ramp up the offense.

What harm can it do? The Browns weren't expected to challenge for the playoffs. They weren't expected to scare very many opponents this season.

Why play it close to the vest? Why play not to lose rather than trying to win?

So what if the Browns lose 10, 11, 12 games this season? Most experts predicted they would finish in the AFC North basement. At least go down fighting. Don't button it up. That solves nothing.

If you've got the personnel – and the Browns have some nice weapons on offense – there's no good reason to suppress it. Turn them loose. Let's see what they've got. At least make the other team work on defense.

Again, what harm can it do? The fans, who are rapidly losing faith in this team just two games into the season, will award major points to Crennel and Carthon if the offense takes on some caffeine.

There are 14 games left on a very tough schedule. Sunday's opponent brings in one of the National Football League's top defenses. The Baltimore Ravens love to intimidate from the time they get off the bus on game day.

Scrap the horizontal game. Let's see some three-step drops, five-step drops, quick slants, seam routes, skinny posts, quick-count snaps, misdirection plays, no-huddle offense.

I'd much rather see that than what we've been subjected to thus far.

Who knows, Winslow might have awakened this team. And if it works, it really doesn't matter if he was right or wrong.

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