Patriots Report: Crennel Accepts Cleveland Job

<p>The New England Patriots have just won their third Superbowl in four years, and no sooner had they left the field when the questions about their coordinators began. As has been reported previously, Charlie Weis has accepted the Notre Dame's head coaching position. Romeo Crennel, will become the Cleveland Browns next head coach.</p>

PHOTO: New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, left, hugs defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel after they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 41-27 to win the AFC Championship game in Pittsburgh Sunday, Jan. 23, 2005. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Crennel has officially accepted the Browns Position now that the contract details have been worked out. According to reports, he has agreed to a 5-year contract which will make him the 11th full-time coach of the Browns, and their first African American.

Crennel's press conference is 3pm today and can be found here:

Official Browns Site: Audio
Ohio News Network: Coverage

Players will miss Crennel's leadership. When asked about the departing coordinator, many of the Patriots leaders on defense described Crennel's departure akin to having a good friend move out of town.

What the Patriots are saying:

Charlie Weis, offensive coordinator: "I may be a little biased, but who can argue with the success (he's) had on defense? He's been a great coach since I've known him, all the way back to 1989. It's his time."

Tedy Bruschi, all-pro linebacker: "Gosh I'm going to miss that guy. He's been the best for us. We're professional around you all, but we're jokers. We're jokers in the meeting rooms. We're a bunch of clowns sometimes, and Romeo is the glue for all of us. To lose a guy like that ... it's going to hurt."

Rodney Harrison, safety: One thing I can say about Romeo is that he's an open minded guy, he's a very intelligent coach, he's a player's coach. He listens. I've been around a lot of coaches that really wouldn't let players get involved with input, but Romeo's directly the opposite of that. He allows you to come up and talk to him. He's very open-minded and he's willing to make changes. And you find that rare in coaches today because everyone has such pride in what they do."

Keith Traylor: “Guys will run through a wall for him. He’s a great guy who takes care of his players. He’ll listen to you. His office is always open. He definitely makes you want to go work hard for him.”

What the Browns are saying:

Cornerback Daylon McCutcheon: “Romeo definitely deserves the opportunity to be a head coach in this league”

Brant Boyer, Linebacker and special team player: “There’s something to be said for anybody who’s had that much success in this league. The guy has five Super Bowl rings and he’s been in the league a long time and been with one of the best coaches in the league. Everybody says he’s a great guy."

Crennel on the Coaching Opportunity:

(On what he's done to prepare for the opportunity to be a head coach)
“ I think the biggest thing a coach can do to help himself is to win football games. If we weren’t winning football games I would not be in the position I am in.”

(On what his philosophy might be on allowing assistants to talk if he becomes a head coach)
“If that happens, I need to talk with the general manager and the owner to see where their thoughts are also and see if they jibe with what my
thoughts are so we can go forward as an organization.”

(On how the Patriots might rebound if they lose both coordinators in the offseason)
“I really don’t know until or if it develops, but Bill (Belichick) has been a coach for 10 years in the NFL and he knows something about operations and he knows something about picking good coaches and what it takes to be a good coach. I think he will be able to find good coaches to replace whomever he needs to replace and still be able to perform at a good level.”

(On not being able to interview for a coaching job during the playoffs)
"The rules are what they are. That's what makes it so tough. There are good and bad points to both sides of the issues."


Information from the Boston Herald and the Cleveland Browns was used in this report.

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