Browns Have Formula

It's the day after in Berea, and Romeo Crennel hopes that the team has found the right mix on offense. Fred Greetham was there for the head coach's press conference, and brings us what happened...

Berea — The new chemist on the Browns offensive side of the ball is Jeff Davidson. Romeo Crennel hopes he has the right formula.

"Hopefully, we've developed a formula that will help us win," Crennel said. "Offensively, there was more consistency and we were able to run the ball. When we can get Reuben (Droughns) 100 yards that means we can control the game and generally, it leads to victory."

The Browns rushed for 147 yards on 39 attempts (3.8 avg.), including 125 by Droughns. Crennel admitted the first two running plays by Droughns, which went for 11- and 10-yards were key.

"It was important to get off to a good start," Crennel said. "Reuben ran hard and he got a good start and we were able to keep calling the running plays."

Crennel was pleased with the offensive effort.

"The offensive line did a good job blocking," he said. "By being able to run it and mix in play action the defense had to think before they could pin their ears back and attack the quarterback."

The Jets came into the game ranking near the bottom of the NFL in rushing yards given up. Crennel was asked if it was the Jets poor run defense or the Browns execution that led to the good effort.

"It's always a combination," he said. "You look at your opponent and see what they're struggling with, but it is your success on those calls that allow you to keep calling those plays."

Crennel said starting over to some degree helped the Browns regain their focus.

"It was reality," he said. "There was a change on the offensive side and it was a new start. You can't wipe the previous games off the schedule, but you could latch on to the concept of a fresh start with 10 games left.

"It was a team effort," he said. "It wasn't perfect, but that's what happens when a team works together. Also, sometimes you get a break that helps."


Injury Update: Crennel shed very little light on the extent of the injuries to LB Willie McGinest (ankle, OL Joe Andruzzi (knee) or DL Orpheus Roye (hamstring). He said McGinest and Andruzzi will have MRI's and Roye is sore and they'll see how he progresses. Crennel said WR/PR Dennis Northcutt is getting better and if he makes progress he might play against San Diego Sunday.

Butler, Friedman Get High Marks: OL Kelly Butler and OL Lennie Friedman received good reviews from Crennel for their play on Sunday. Butler started in place of Ryan Tucker at right tackle and Friedman took over for Andruzzi at left guard.

"I think Kelly was excited to get out there and play," Crennel said. "Friedman stepped in and I don't think we missed a beat."

Sean's Progress: S Sean Jones continues to develop and be a play maker on the defense. Jones had five tackles, two interceptions and three passes defenses.

"He's really matured," Crennel said. "He's taken the bull by the horns and is making plays. The team has a lot of confidence in him."

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