Berea Report: 'It Ain't Over' Edition

Fred Greetham was first the story of Robaire Smith's achilles problem on the new OBR Blogs, and now he's back with a full report on camp in Berea today. How is the team dealing with starting the season 0-2?

Berea—It has been well documented that the chances to make the playoffs after starting the season 0-2 are just 22 percent. Despite that, the Browns are trying to do what the Giants did last year when they started the season 0-2 and then went on to win the Super Bowl.

"That has no impact on us," Romeo Crennel said. "We're not the Giants. We're the Cleveland Browns. We have to do what we need to do."

Crennel said he has no magic formula for the team.

"We ran into two pretty good teams," he said. "Everybody in the NFL is pretty good.

"I think you have to focus on the next game and win one game," he said. "That has to be the focus because if you start trying to figure that out. If we can figure how to win one, then we can talk about winning another."

Shaun Smith thinks the Browns can rebound.

"The Giants started 0-2 and won the Super Bowl," he said. "I think we're that caliber team.

"We just have to step up and make plays. I thought we played well up front and as a defense we held them to just 10 points."

Even the offense was impressed with the job the defense did against the Steelers.

"I thought our defense did a heckuva job," Kellen Winslow said. "If they can play like that the rest of the season, we'll be alright."

Eric Wright was disappointed the defense couldn't get the ball back to the offense with more time on the clock.

"(Crennel) showed confidence in us, but unfortunately, things didn't go our way," Wright said.

Wright said the Browns need to turn things around quickly as they prepare to play the Ravens next Sunday.

"It's very important for us to stay positive, clean things up and get ready for our next division opponent," he said.

Crennel felt the Browns effort was there and if they continue to play that way, they will get back on track.

"If we can continue to play that way we can win some football games," he said. "They put it all out there. We have to eliminate the mistakes that cause you to lose."


Robaire Smith Out: For the second week in a row, it appears a key component of the defense is out. DL Robaire Smith left the game with an injury that was termed an "ankle" injury. Crennel confirmed that the injury was to his Achilles' tendon.

Safety Sean Jones went down against the Cowboys and will miss about a month.

"He's not in the best of shape," Crennel said. "For a big man and an Achilles' (tendon), I know it's a tough thing."

Crennel did not know if the Achilles'tendon was torn or not nor whether it was season-ending.

"Robaire was part of our group," Shaun Smith said. "I have confidence in Shaun (Rogers), Corey (Willliams) and myself, Louis (Leonard) and Ahtyba (Rubin).

"We just have to step up."

Shaun Smith said he didn't know the extent of the injury.

"(Robaire) is in high spirits," Shaun Smith said. "(Injuries) are the nature of the business."

There was no mention of any other injuries, other than WR/KR Joshua Cribbs could've returned after getting injured late in the game. DB Brodney Pool said he came out of the game with no setbacks.

"I feel fine," he said.

Crennel said that he still is not sure of WR Donte Stallworth's status.

"We'll find out Wednesday what he can do," Crennel said. "I think that impacts the offense the most in that all of these guys have missed time. The thing about Donte is he has shown he can make plays. It impacts us, but nobody wants to hear that."

K2's Take: There were reports that Winslow was upset that QB Derek Anderson didn't throw the ball to him on the pass that was intercepted by DB Troy Polamalu.

"My job was to track," Winslow said. "I wasn't upset. (Troy) Polamalu made a good play on the ball."

Crennel on Edwards' Drops: Crennel said that he thinks WR Braylon Edwards might be pressing too hard as to why he has dropped several passes.

"It's probably, more than one thing," Crennel said. "Not only did he miss time, he missed practice time. He might be trying too hard. He has to get to the point where he relaxes more."

Crennel was also asked if he said anything to Edwards about getting a speeding ticket clocked at a reported 120 mph.

"I told him he needs to not drive so fast."

Time Management: Crennel was asked about the time management in the final moments of the first half when the Browns used most of the time up and ended up turning the ball over with no points. He said he opted to have 10 seconds run off, rather than to use a timeout.

"I didn't want to use the timeout then because I thought having the timeout at the end would be better," Crennel said. "As it turned out, we had eight seconds left, we had time to throw the ball into the endzone or kick the field goal."

Decision to Kick the FG: Crennel defended his decision to go for the field goal with 3:21 to play at the Steelers' 21, rather than go for the touchdown to tie the game.

"When the ball was further out, my decision was what are we going to do here," he said. "Now, we move a little closer, I felt if we could get points on the board, our defense could stop them and give our offense a chance to win the game.

"When it's fourth-and-7, that makes it tougher to go for it," he said. "You could look at it as you could go for the touchdown to get it to overtime, but through four quarters we had scored just one field goal."

Crennel said he had confidence the defense would stop the Steelers and get the ball back for the offense.

"We didn't stop them," he said. "We did get the ball back, but it was too late."

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