Berea Report: Bring on the Titans

The Browns attempt to muster their forces to take on one of the best teams in the NFL. Here's what they had to say on Wednesday in Berea...

BEREA - The Browns travel to play the 11-1 Titans. The injury depleted Browns are just 4-8 with their third-string quarterback and are getting set to take on one of the best teams in the NFL.

A bright spot is the Browns have won three of five games on the road this season.

"It's a chance for us to win a football game," Romeo Crennel said. "The season is not over and we still have fight and we're going to go down and play."

QB Ken Dorsey is going to make his first NFL start since 2005 against one of the best defenses in the NFL. A defense that averages close to three sacks a game.

"It might be tough," Crennel admitted.

Crennel said the offense will try to play to Dorsey's strengths.

"He's a very smart quarterback," he said. "He's studious. He doesn't have the strongest arm in the league, but he can manage the game. I think he'll manage the game. We need to maximize his strengths."

There's a good possibility that Josh Cribbs will see more action at the quarterback position, as QB Bruce Gradkowski or Richard Bartel have just joined the team.

"Last week, we had an emergency package and we'll have one this week," Crennel said. "It doesn't take away from his duties (on special teams). The special team duty is a tough role. Sometimes, he needs to catch his breath before he can do some of the other things."


Romeo Crennel was asked if he and Phil Savage's relationship has been affected due to the team's 4-8 season.

"Nope," Crennel said. "I'm the same guy every day."

He was asked if the Crennel/Savage team can continue to be affective.

"It can be, yes," he said. "We talk on a regular basis and that's how it gets decided on what guy gets cut or what moves are made. Generally, there are no major disagreements over one guy. It's how this will help the team."

Another MAC QB: The Browns brought in former Toledo quarterback Bruce Gradkowksi to back up Dorsey for this week's game.

"Ken and the coaches have done a great job in helping me," Gradkowski said. "I'm excited to be back in Ohio and I think I will have a good grasp of the offense this week."

Both Phil Savage and Crennel said it was important to sign a quarterback with NFL game day experience.

"We were looking for a quarterback who had game day experience," Savage said. " We signed Richard Bartel to the practice squad."

Crennel said that Gradkowski is listed as Dorsey's backup on the depth chart.

"He's number two on the list and we'll see as the week goes on," he said.

The Browns would be at a disadvantage if they list Cribbs as the No. 3 quarterback because the starter couldn't re-enter the game, if Cribbs played the position.

"If you designate Cribbs as the No. 3 quarterback, if he played quarterback, the other two couldn't go back into the game, Crennel said."

Gradkowski has appeared in 17 NFL games, including 11 starts during his two years with the Buccaneers. His career stats are 190-of-352 for 1791 yards with nine touchdowns and nine interceptions. He will war No. 7.

Crennel said it was important to get a quarterback who has played in the NFL.

"We felt it was important to add someone who has played in NFL games. "

Injury Update: Crennel said that TE Darnell Dinkins (ankle) will be limited at practice, while FB Charles Ali (ribs), LB Beau Bell (knee), DL Shaun Smith (calf), WR Syndric Steptoe (ankle), DL Corey Williams (shoulder) and TE Kellen Winslow (ankle) would not practice.

Crennel said that Bell's knee injury is the opposite knee that had arthroscopic surgery.

Other Moves: The Browns re-signed WR Steve Sanders to the practice squad and released OL Travis Leffew.

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