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ex-Cleveland Browns Head Coach Romeo Crennel (official thread)

Discussion in 'Professional Football' started by GoofyBuckeye, Jan 9, 2005.

  1. GoofyBuckeye

    GoofyBuckeye Nutis Maximus

    Romeo Crennel appears to be the frontrunner for the Browns job. Other top candidates are Robiskie, Brad Childress (OC for the Eagles), and Jeff Bates (DC for Miami) I'll be really happy if he gets it. This is the kind of guy the Browns have needed for awhile. Maybe we'll see the 3-4 now?
    If he gets it, I think that will mean defense will get the #1 choice. Could be wrong.
  2. buckiprof

    buckiprof 21st Century Buckeye Man Staff Member

    Goofy - You don't think Russ Grimm is a front runner as well?
  3. BuckeyeBaiter

    BuckeyeBaiter Newbie

    Whoever gets the job they have a tough one ahead of em. Best of luck Cleveland deserves better than they have.
  4. WoodyWorshiper

    WoodyWorshiper THINK, Before You Speak Former College Pick'Em Champ

    Crennel was already here. This new regime is not going to bring back a coach who pretty much was a failure here, even though he had about nothing to work with.

    The next Head Coach of the Browns is going to be Childress. There are or "if's, and's or Buts" about it. HE is their man, and he wants the job.

    It's basically a done deal.
  5. GoofyBuckeye

    GoofyBuckeye Nutis Maximus

    Prof, I don't hear Grimm's name that much. He could sneak in I guess.

    Woodyworship, I'm hearing it's Crennel for 2 reasons...1, he's a Belichick disciple and 2., he's a no nonsense guy that his players love to play for. Disciplinarian, something Davis was not.
    Could be Childress never know
  6. AKAK

    AKAK Well, that's like hypnotizing chickens. Staff Member Tech Admin

    Well- I f we look at it the most obvious way... Childress, Grimm and Crennel have been interviewed, Robiskie's interview is today.

    I think unless they do a second round... (I don't think Savage talked to Crennel, and I really think it ought to be his decision) I think that might be it.

    My gut feeling is that Robiskie is a courtesy interview... but who the heck knows...

    I tend to think that dubs is right about Childress.... but I really like the idea of Grimm and what would be an instant shift to emphasizing the power running game. Plus the guy just looks tougher than shit... get that guy out ahead of your team... and it may not be pretty, but you'll never get beat off the field.

    Anyway... I think ND got the right Coordinator from NE (If you wanted to take one).... why did Crennel suck here and all the sudden he was good in New England? Because Bels runs the D...
  7. GoofyBuckeye

    GoofyBuckeye Nutis Maximus

    Romeo Crennel is recognized as one of the top assistant coaches in the NFL. Last season, Crennel served as the coordinator of a record-setting defensive unit while celebrating his fourth Super Bowl championship. He was recognized by the Pro Football Writers of America as the NFL’s Assistant Coach of the Year in 2003.

    Now in his 24th season in the league, he returned to the New England Patriots when he was named the defensive coordinator on Bill Belichick’s staff on Feb. 1, 2001. The hire reunited the two coaches, who began coaching together as assistants on Ray Perkins’ staff for the New York Giants in 1981. This season will be their 18th campaign together, during which time they have earned four Super Bowl titles, five conference titles and seven division titles. While with the Patriots, Crennel and Belichick have contributed to victories in Super Bowls XXXVI and XXXVIII in addition to New England’s AFC title in 1996.

    In 2003, the New England defense was among the best units in NFL history, propelling the Patriots to a 15-game winning streak that culminated with a victory in Super Bowl XXXVIII. New England allowed a league-low and franchise-record 14.9 points per game, while also leading the league with 29 interceptions. The dominance of the defense was evidenced by the team’s three shutouts, equaling the franchise shutout total from the previous 17 seasons combined. The Patriots defense was at its best at Gillette Stadium, where it allowed only 9.6 points per game and surrendered just four touchdowns in the regular season. Over one stretch, the Patriots did not allow a touchdown on 62 consecutive opponents’ possessions in Foxborough, a streak that spanned more than five games worth of clock time. New England was the first team in 65 years to keep its opponent out of the end zone in four consecutive home games in a season. While proving adept at stopping opponents’ offenses, the Patriots defense provided some potent offense of its own, leading the NFL with six defensive touchdowns, including five interceptions returned for scores, tying a team record.

    Crennel began his latest tenure with the Patriots in 2001, and in that season - much like it did in 2003 - the defense played an integral role in propelling the Patriots to a season-ending win streak to claim the first Super Bowl title for the franchise. The 2001 Patriots surrendered just 272 points (17.0 ppg), ranking sixth in the league and fourth in franchise history for fewest points allowed. By the end of the season, the defense was in a zone, especially in the "Red Zone." In their last five regular season games, the defense surrendered just seven field goals and one touchdown. The Patriots won all five of those games and qualified for the playoffs for the first time in three years.

    The Patriots defense created opportunities for the offense in 2001 by recording 22 interceptions (second in the AFC, sixth in the NFL), 12 more than they had in 2000. Five of those interceptions were returned for touchdowns, setting a single-season franchise record. In the playoffs, Ty Law added another interception, which he returned 47 yards for a touchdown in the 20-17 victory over the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI.

    Crennel, who was the defensive line coach for the Patriots from 1993 to 1996, returned to the Patriots sidelines in 2001 after three seasons with the New York Jets (1997-99) and a season as the defensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns (2000). During his season in Cleveland, the Browns recorded 42 sacks, a 17-sack improvement from the 1999 season.

    In his three seasons as the Jets’ defensive line coach, the New York defense was among the stingiest in the NFL, never allowing more than 20 points per game for a season. In 1997, he successfully incorporated a rotation of six new defensive linemen on a unit that allowed just 287 total points (17.9 points per game), second in the AFC and sixth in the NFL. The following season, he added four new linemen to his rotation, and the formula contributed to an improvement from the year before as the defense allowed just 16.6 points per game, finishing second in the league.

    His first tenure in New England was a four-year assignment as Bill Parcells’ defensive line coach, beginning in 1993 and ending with an AFC Championship and Super Bowl XXXI appearance in January of 1997. In 1994, the Patriots qualified for the playoffs for the first time in eight years after winning their last seven games of the regular season. The defense allowed just 13.3 points per game during that seven-game stretch. In 1996, the Patriots defense allowed just 12.8 points per game in the final five contests of the regular season to propel the team back to the playoffs. The Patriots were victorious by scores of 28-3 and 20-6, respectively, in two playoff games to claim their second conference title in franchise history and advance to Super Bowl XXXI.

    Crennel began his professional coaching career in 1981 as a special assignments/special teams/defensive assistant coach with the New York Giants. He became the special teams coach in 1983 and was assigned the defensive line position in 1990, a position he has since coached for 14 seasons. In 12 seasons in New York (1981-92), the Giants qualified for the playoffs six times, won three division titles and two Super Bowl championships. In his first season in New York, the Giants qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 1963 with a 9-7 record. It was their first winning record in nine seasons.

    He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Western Kentucky, in 1970. He was named defensive line coach the following season in 1971. In 1975, he started a three-year tenure at Texas Tech as a defensive assistant on Parcells’ defensive staff. In 1978, he was named the defensive ends coach at Mississippi. After two seasons at Ole Miss, he accepted a position at Georgia Tech in 1980, where he spent his final season in the collegiate ranks before being hired by the Giants in 1981.
  8. AKAK

    AKAK Well, that's like hypnotizing chickens. Staff Member Tech Admin

    Yes- He's got the resume... he just wouldn't be my choice... I also don't like that he's 57....

    And they might decide that while They're waiting around for the Steelers, Eagles and PAts to lose... they might bring in Mike Nolan, Ed Dontatell, Jim Fassel... etc.... (though I like any of Crennel, Grimm, Childress over that group)

    Anyway... what do you do if Mike Holmgren or Mike Shanahan were to become 'available?'

    (Just so you don't misconstrue my meaning.. what I would do is nothing... but if the you GM, you'd have to take a look at them. I suppose.)
  9. Piney

    Piney Stay thirsty my friends Former Game Champion

    Childress was interviewed by Lerner... not Savage. And Savage interviewed Crennel before he was officially announced on Friday. So if anything Savage would have to interview Childress again to make him a serious candidate. So unless the Eagles get kicked out of the playoffs before New England... it will get interesting who the coach is.

    What I will find interesting is the next round of interviews that Savage does while they wait for their main man to become available. One reason why I am a big Jets, Colts, & Viking fan for this coming weekend!
  10. GoofyBuckeye

    GoofyBuckeye Nutis Maximus

    I'm wondering if Tom Moore (OC for Indy) will get his name into this..That's a guy I want Savage to interview.
  11. buckiprof

    buckiprof 21st Century Buckeye Man Staff Member

    FWIW, here is what ESPiN is reporting. It does appear, according to this report, that RC is the front runner.
  12. GoofyBuckeye

    GoofyBuckeye Nutis Maximus

    According to one of the Browns' beat writers, Childress has been scratched off the list and Russ Grimm is an extreme longshot.

    Jim Bates (former DC of the Dolphins) is interviewing today
    Mike Nolan (DC for the Ravens) is interviewing either today or tomorrow
    Fassell will interview later in the week.

    I think Savage wants a DC for the job...just a hunch

    Robiskie was quoted as saying he would think about accepting a position other than HC with the Browns if he doesn't get the top spot.
  13. AKAK

    AKAK Well, that's like hypnotizing chickens. Staff Member Tech Admin

    Which beat writer?
  14. GoofyBuckeye

    GoofyBuckeye Nutis Maximus

  15. AKAK

    AKAK Well, that's like hypnotizing chickens. Staff Member Tech Admin

    Not saying Crennel won't get teh job in the end... but the "source" is still the same one that Mortensen quoted...

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