Crennel Defends Late Timeouts

From Berea: The Browns head coach explains the team's clock management late in the game. Plus, Crennel updates the media on injuries and the use (and non-use) of WR/KR Josh Cribbs.

On Sunday, the Browns could've still had a chance to have a much shorter field goal attempt than a 53-yarder if they would've even had one more timout.

However, they used two of their allotted three to challenge the touchdown by TE Heath Miller than gave the Steelers the lead.

"We could've operated better at the end if we would've had another timeout," Crennel admitted. "That cost us two timeouts."

Crennel defended his decision, even though the first one was called by an unnamed defensive player.

"Because it was a scoring play, if it would've been overturned that would've helped us out tremendously," Crennel said. "Generally, (the players) don't have the freedom to make those decisions. I don't know who called it because I was talking to others. It was seen upstairs and that's who indicated to me that the ball might have hit the ground."

Anderson had to stop the clock by spiking it three times, the most critical when WR Joe Jurevicius caught a 3-yard pass over the middle with 16 seconds to play and Anderson had to spike the ball on third down.

On Willie: LB Willie McGinest took a lot of the blame for Sunday's game. He missed QB Ben Roethlisberger on a big third down play that Roethlisberger was able to scramble for a first down. McGinest said it was his worst game of his NFL career.

"He missed one tackle that would've been critical for us," Crennel said. "He realizes he could've played better."

McGinest was credited with two tackles in the game.

Injury Update: WR Joe Jurevicius injured his knee on the final series against the Steelers, but Crennel said he doesn't think it will be an issue. LB D'Qwell Jackson (knee), LB Antwan Peek (knee), OL Eric  Steinbach (back) and DB Leigh Bodden (back) came out of the game alright.

OL Seth McKinney, who was placed on injured reserve is to have shoulder surgery to repair his separated shoulder. Crennel said Ryan Tucker did a good job stepping in at right guard.

"Tucker didn't do too bad," he said. "Tucker has that physical size and experience."

Cribbs Use: WR/KR Joshua Cribbs had 223 yards on returns, including a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a 90-yard return that set up another touchdown. He had 19 yards on punt returns, but had a 21-yard gain to the Steelers' 36 on the Browns' final possession that would've been huge if not called back. Darnell Dinkins was called for holding thus the Browns started at their own 33, instead of the Steelers' 38.

"The penalty on the punt return," Crennel said. "There's not much you can do. You have to accept it and go from there. It's unfortunate because it cost us a lot of field position."

Crennel said he didn't fault the play of Dinkins.

"He was playing pretty hard on that play," he said. "It looked as though he got tangled up with the guy. The interpretation by the official was that it was holding. In that situation, you tell the player to play hard. If it's within the rules, you can't fault him."

Crennel was asked if the Browns are considering using Cribbs more on offense.

"We get him on the field in the kicking game," he said. "He's doing a really good job returning kicks for you and covering kicks. We're trying to use him as much as we can."

Is he already overloaded?

"We can put more on his plate and he'll do the best he can."

Players Off: Crennel gave the players the day off despite their loss to the Steelers. Several members of the media were upset after Sunday's game because Braylon Edwards, Kellen Winslow and some other other players refused to speak to the media after Sunday's loss to the Steelers. The whole team was then unavailable on Monday to the press.


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