Mid-Week Player Notes

The outcome of the Browns-Niners game may not matter, but don't tell that to Browns head coach Romeo Crennel. RAC's thoughts on the game and some player notes as the focus returns to football.

The Browns play a game that does not matter Sunday, but don't tell that to coach Romeo Crennel.

"Every game is important," Crennel said when asked if he had to coach a team knowing a game did not matter in the playoff hunt.

The Browns' playoff spot rests totally on Tennessee. If the Titans win, the Browns are out. If the Titans lose, the Browns are in. It does not matter what happens with the Browns against San Francisco on Sunday.

But Crennel echoed the Herm Edwards "You play to win the game" speech by adamantly stating the game mattered.

"What kind of message am I sending to my team if I say the game is not important?" Crennel said.

How is it important?

A win would give the Browns 10 wins, and would send them to the playoffs on a good note.

That is, if they win.


--QB Derek Anderson may have affected his future with his performance against Cincinnati. As well as Anderson has played this season, he came up tight in the second half against Pittsburgh and in the biggest game of the year in Cincinnati.

--RB Jamal Lewis got just 21 carries in Cincinnati, and that's not enough. Any success the Browns have the rest of the season relies on their running the ball effectively.

--WR Braylon Edwards set a Browns team record when he caught his 14th and 15th touchdown passes against Cincinnati. Edwards may well be having the best season ever by a Browns receiver.

--WR Joe Jurevicius has just seven catches the last three games for 62 yards. Part of that is because of the Browns talent elsewhere, part because of the weather. But Jurevicius is the guy who moves the chains for the Browns offense.

--TE Kellen Winslow passed the 1,000-yard mark, but is more concerned with team goals and he may prove a good predictor. Winslow said earlier this year that he felt an 11-5 mark was needed to get the Browns in the playoffs.

--NT Ethan Kelley was placed on injured reserve this week after leaving the game against the Bengals with a knee injury. His loss further depletes the defensive line, a team weak spot.

--DE Shaun Smith will move to nose tackle, meaning the Browns have one pure nose tackle and ends struggling to get by. This will not help the team stop Frank Gore on Sunday.

--CB Leigh Bodden had two interceptions against Cincinnati, moving him into a tie for third in the AFC in picks.

--LB D'Qwell Jackson has improved steadily this season. He is the Browns' leading tackler despite missing a couple games due to injury.

--LB Kamerion Wimbley had a solid rookie season, but he's attracted a lot of attention this year. Wimbley has five sacks this season, and the Browns have not recorded a sack since Dec. 9.

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