Berea Report: All Smiles in Brownstown

On a Monday after a road win, the players get the day off, and even the head coach is happy. Fred Greetham was in Berea this afternoon to talk to Romeo Crennel and provides this report...

BEREA - Things are good in Berea as the Browns already have matched their win total from 2006 and they're not even to the midway point of the season.

"It says a lot about their progress," Romeo Crennel said. "We did a lot of good things offensively. Braylon (Edwards) had a good game. Derek (Anderson) had a good game."

The Browns are still averaging 27 points a game.

Crennel said his biggest task this week will be trying to keep the Browns grounded.

"We're not saying by any stretch of the imagination that we've arrived," Crennel said. "Some of (the players) think they've arrived, but we haven't done enough. Soon as you think you've arrived, you're not.

"I have to let them know that we haven't arrived, that's part of my job."

Crennel said he's coached teams similar to the Browns in the past, but wouldn't compare the Browns to the Patriots teams when they were on the rise while he was coaching there.

"I think this team is similar to some teams I've had in the past," he said. "They are a work in progress.

"Any team goes through a phase and you don't really know until they get on the field and mature," he said. "This team is still growing and maturing and they surprise you every Sunday."

Crennel said the Browns seem to be a close-knit group of players with good team chemistry.

 "They do care about each other and success helps that," Crennel said. "When you're winning, that shows up Sunday."

Crennel was asked at the conclusion of his briefing with the media what would show him that the Browns had arrived.

"At the end of the season, we'll see what our record is and then we'll know."


Braylon's Big Day: WR Braylon Edwards caught eight passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday and Crennel said he is moving into an elite receiver in the NFL.

"He made some elite catches," Crennel said. "He's playing like a top receiver. He's jumping up and getting the ball and going over defenders."

What's Up with Ted: DL Ted Washington was inactive for Sunday's game and has been replaced in the starting lineup by DL Ethan Kelley. Crennel was asked if Washington has been unhappy with his role.

"He's been a professional," Crennel said. "He's not come to me at any time and asked to be released."

Injury Update: Crennel said that there were two injuries in the game: LB Kris Griffin (Achilles strain)and  LB D'Qwell Jackson (ankle).

"We'll see where they're at Wednesday and see when they're ready," he said.   

RB Jamal Lewis looks as though he made it through the game without further injuring his ankle.

"Jamal was able to play and we tried to not over tax him and rotate the backs some," he said. "He made it through the game alright it looks like."

Stat Facts: QB Derek Anderson  has 17 touchdown passes to go with eight interceptions. He is second only to Tom Brady in touchdowns in the NFL. Brady has 30. Overall, Anderson is 119-of-209 for 1744 yards (56.9 pct.) with a 95.5 QB rating. He has been sacked eight times in seven games.

WR Braylon Edwards leads the Browns with 37 receptions for 669 yards (18.1 avg.) and nine touchdowns. TE Kellen Winslow has 31 catches for 532 yards (17.2 avg.) and three touchdowns.

RB Jamal Lewis has 94 carries for 443 yards (4.7 avg.) and two touchdowns.

Day Off: Crennel gave the veteran players off on Monday as well as their usual customary day off on Tuesday. They will resume practice on Wednesday in preparation for the Seahawks on Sunday at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Kickoff is 4:05 p.m. The rookies had a meeting Monday morning.

"They weren't very happy with that," Crennel said.

Game Balls: On defense, DL Shaun Smith and LB Willie McGinest received game balls. Offensively, TE Steve Heiden and WR Joe Jurevicius were honored. DB Mike Adams received the game ball for special teams.

" Braylon and Derek Anderson received recognition for the win, but weren't awarded game balls," Crennel said.

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