Berea Report: Status Quo with Mo

Fred Greetham reports from Berea, where Browns head coach Romeo Crennel met with reporters again this morning. Unlike Monday, this time the Browns head coach didn't offer any hints that major changes might be in the works for the Browns. Here's Fred's report, first and free on the OBR...

BEREA - One of the hot topics in Romeo Crennel's briefing with the press Wednesday was the status of embattled offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon.

Crennel was asked if he was pondering a change in who calls the plays.

‘No,' was the answer by Crennel.

Crennel had said earlier the staff would be evaluated.

"We still have the rest of the week to evaluate things," he said. "We'll evaluate as we go through this process."

Crennel was asked if Carthon is getting too much criticism.

"No one individual is responsible," Crennel said. "Because we're 1-4, we're all under criticism."

Crennel said the one area that the team can correct is the turnover ratio.

"After five games, our turnover ratio is minus nine," he said. "Last year, (after five games) it was plus one.

"That's something tangible that we can improve and that will help the team win," he said. "Something tangible like the turnover ratio, you can put your finger on it and identify it to get it fixed."

Crennel told the team that is one area that is under their control is the turnover situation.

"If we can do that, that will help improve our chances to win."

Crennel also feels to get some of the banged up players like Leigh Bodden and Gary Baxter healthy will be a big positive.

"We're going to try to get some guys healthy," he said "Some guys are banged up and we'll try to get them rested."

Crennel was asked if he was still hopeful for good things to come from the Browns the rest of the season.

"Last year, when we got here we didn't think we were any good," he said. "We tried hard.

"This year, because of the off-season acquisitions we thought we would be better," he said. "I said we were better on paper, but you have to do it on the field.

"We're getting to the point where we're going to be in every game and be competitive and we'll win our share of games," he continued. "I see progress being made. If we can tweak some things and accentuate the positives and eliminate the negatives, we'll getter better results."

Crennel defended the offensive approach to the games thus far.

"As a defensive coach, you have to look at what causes defenses problems," he said. "The concepts we put in are generally good concepts. We just have to be more consistent in those areas."

Crennel was asked if it doesn't get better what will happen.

"This is a bottom line business," he said. "Like I told you before, if we don't get it done, we won't be here."


Brash Braylon: WR Braylon Edwards made some bold statements prior to the Panthers game regarding his success against CB Chris Gamble during their college days.

Crennel said he didn't say anything to Edwards.

"He's a confident player," he said. "I would rather he said things after the game than before it."

Injury Update: There was not much new on the injury front. Crennel said WR Dennis Northcutt has no broken ribs.

"He is rehabbing," Crennel said. "There are no broken ribs. He's going to work and try to get out there as soon as he can."

S Brian Russell is still in a boot with an ankle sprain.

"We still have some nicks and bruises," he said. "This week off will help those guys."

Crennel was asking if CB Gary Baxter will be put on injured reserve.

"Gary is getting better and is making progress," he said. "After this week, he should be doing more."

Strait Scoop: The Browns tried to trade RB Lee Suggs to the Jets during the preseason for CB Derrick Strait, but the trade was rescinded when Suggs failed the physical.

Strait was released by the Jets, but Crennel said the Browns might not have an interest in him now.

"Situations change," he said. "Since we traded for him, the interest might not be as strong."

OL Shuffle: Crennel was asked if any of the backup offensive linemen are pushing for playing time, namely, Lennie Friedman, Nat Dorsey, Isaac Sowells or Kelly Butler.

"Friedman is probably the closest to push for playing time because he's got some experience," Crennel said. "It's tough to throw a young guy in there who hasn't been through training camp and the preseason."

Sowells missed the preseason with an ankle injury and Butler was added after the final roster cuts.

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