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Newz Forum: FOOTBALL: Sources: Crennel to receive offer from Browns

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posted on Jan, 30 2005 @ 01:35 PM
Those close to Eagles offensive coordinator Brad Childress have been holding out hope that a victory over New England in Super Bowl XXXIX would keep him alive for the Cleveland Browns' search for a new coach.

But league and team sources have confirmed the obvious, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports. Patriots defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel is the Browns' choice and a formal job offer job will be made as early as Sunday night after the Super Bowl.

The Browns also interviewed interim coach Terry Robiskie and Steelers offensive line coach Russ Grimm.

The lead figure of a group that helps minority candidates said Friday he had a "very encouraging" conversation with the Browns about Crennel's chances of becoming head coach.

"They said that his interview was excellent, that the owner was thoroughly impressed with him, that they liked him a whole lot," said John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance.

The Browns have not spoken publicly about each candidate's chances.

Crennel, 57, is in his fourth season as Patriots defensive coordinator after one season in that position with the Browns. He has been an assistant on four Super Bowl champions -- in the 1986 and 1990 seasons with the New York Giants and the 2001 and 2003 seasons with the Patriots.

Crennel also interviewed for the San Francisco 49ers head coaching job that went to Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.

Crennel's agent, Joe Linta, said Friday he had not spoken with Browns officials since the interview about two weeks ago with Collins, Browns owner Randy Lerner and general manager Phil Savage.

Last year, Crennel interviewed with several teams, including Buffalo, Oakland, Chicago and Oakland. The previous season he spoke with San Francisco about its job, which went to Dennis Erickson.

"One of the problems [in getting hired] is you have to be a hot guy and for years he never had the benefit of the press backing him," Linta said. "After a couple of Super Bowls and the way [the Patriots] played, the guy couldn't hide anymore."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.



posted on Jan, 30 2005 @ 01:43 PM
Looks like everyone wants a piece of Belichek's staff. This will also be the last game for their offensive coordinator Charlie Weis who is leaving for the esteemed position of coaching Notre Dame.

posted on Jan, 30 2005 @ 01:44 PM
Does this mean the end of the Patsies run at the top?

posted on Jan, 31 2005 @ 10:29 PM
No, Gibbenstein. You should know better. Belichek has had Weis & Crennel's successors in training and lined up for some time. He is always ahead of the curve, a chess move or 2 or 3 ahead of everyone else.

Ming wishes Romeo C. and Charlie W. well. They did yeoman service for Belichek, the team and the fans during their stay. If they can implement systems anything like Belicheks in NE, it could make for some interesting football, esp. in Cleveland.

Ming wonders how much control Romeo Crennell will be given with the Browns. Ming hopes that they give him the maximum control so he can have a real chance of totally turning that sorry franchise around. Imagine having TWO teams in the NFL that are being operated properly!

Ming still thinks Cowher should lose his job. It does not appear that there is a groundswell of support for Ming's position. Apparently, Ming still has a lot of work to do to educate you mooks.

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