The nightmare season has finally come to a close, and you thought the Browns wouldn’t make history this year, that it would just be another ho-hum season of futility. Not so fast! These 2008 Browns are in the record books, never to be forgotten. After yesterday’s 31-0 beatdown at the hands of their “rival,” the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Browns were able to end the season without scoring an offensive touchdown in six straight games – an NFL record!
It is no surprise then that the Browns promptly fired coach Romeo Crennel this morning. With a 24-40 record, Crennel was never able to instill any discipline in a team that had a reasonable amount of talent. After a 10-6 campaign in 2007, there was little excuse for the team to be so bad in 2008. One can say that injuries played a major role in this forgettable season, but that’s not the whole story. Hiding behind injuries just further hides a lack of discipline and preparation by the coaching staff. Thus, the search for a new head coach begins and so does the cycle of rebuilding for Cleveland…
Romeo was signed through the 2011 season, and will at the very least get paid for sitting around as an outsider and watch the Browns implode. I really did like Crennel as a person, and it is unfortunate to see him go out in such a manner. However, some people are just not cut out to be a head coach, just a great coordinator. I wish him the best, and hope he finds a job elsewhere.
- Crennel’s worst stat of all: 0-8 against the Steelers.