Romeo Crennel is a teddy bear – a cuddly, nice, smiling, happy teddy bear. He is not a NFL head coach.
“This isn't a soft sport,” Braylon Edwards said in his address to media on Monday. “We don't play chess. This isn't swimming. This is football. It takes a man to play this game and to play this game, you have to have passion. This isn't for the weak-minded, the weak-hearted or soft. This isn't for them. This is for men.”
Well it takes passionate men to coach this game as well. There is a difference between passionate and compassionate, and Crennel is the latter.
It wasn’t just the defense that was struggling. The Browns’ scoreless effort came against a team that had the lowest-ranked defense in the NFL coming into the game. The 30-0 defeat was the first time Browns had been shutout since 1989. It appears that firing – sorry, “accepting the resignation of” offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon was not the solution to the habitually stagnant offense. The slack that decision put in Crennel’s line has been reeled taut, and the hook is still in deep.
Crennel became the Browns head coach on Feb. 8, 2005. His resume was impressive - five Super Bowl victories, 25 years of NFL experience, the tutoring of coaching legends Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells – but there is no formula for head coaching. Top assistant coaches don’t always make great head coaches. There is a reason why other franchises interviewed Crennel but never offered him a job.
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Crennel is a nice guy, but everyone knows where they finish. Assistant coaches in the NFL can be nice; head coaches cannot. Their job is not about befriending players and being optimistic. It is about motivating. It is about managing. It is about making players and fans believe that the team will win – by actually winning.
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