Browns head coach Romeo Crennel delivered a press conference this morning to wrap up the season. Although two head coaches were fired (Dennis Green of the Cardinals and Jim Mora Jr. of the Falcons), take note that those coaches were fired after finishing their third seasons. Romeo will be entering his third season next season, and I believe that will be the final straw if he fails. Now, let's take a look at some notes from his conference, with the transcript quotes credited to Barry McBride of the OBR.
Positives from the 2006 Season:
I bet if Sean Jones would've finished the season as well as he started, his name would've been up their as well. Of all the players, I find it interesting that he cited Vickers. I don't know why, but it seems like Romeo really likes him. Could that be a sign that we will no longer be needing the services of Terrelle Smith next season? We may as well rid of Smith, considering we'd rather throw it to him in the flat for no gain rather than having him lead block for our running backs.
Teams QB Situation Next Season:
I think the staff is still high enough on Frye, but will use Anderson's presence as that typical "needed competition" at the quarterback position we've come to know the past few years. Unfortunately, if we would've never made the silly decision to trade Trent Dilfer away for Ken Dorsey, we would've had our veteran backup still.
Excuse for Not Winning Yet:
Unfortunately for Romeo, the "winning" is not coming, just as it didn't come with Chris Palmer. Palmer had an excuse, because he really was controlling an expansion team. Romeo took over a team in bad shape, but we were certainly "fixable" sooner than what's been displayed. Heck, even Butch Davis was able to field a team that made the playoffs, and it's not like that team was dominating or anything. And once again, Crennel cited Vickers. Did I miss something this whole season where Vickers showed that he is a core player? I know fullbacks are important, but I rarely even saw the guy in the game except on a few dumb pitch plays, and his infamous pass play.
Comparing Young Defensive/Offensive Sides:
There goes at least a vote of confidence on Wilson, although we wouldn't know it based on his limited playing time. I see Wilson being our fourth receiver next season, with Braylon Edwards and Joe Jurevicius being the starters of course. I just have a feeling that the Browns will try to sign a veteran receiver in the offseason to play in the slot. Not a big-named guy, but someone who can play the position well enough.
Update on Gary Baxter:
That's the only valid excuse we can make for the Browns somewhat - injuries. We didn't just lose key backup players, we lost some of our best starters on the team. The tandem of Gary Baxter and Daylon McCutcheon sounds like poetry compared to what we faced this year, while losing LeCharles Bentley right off the bat was obviously the biggest downfall of all.
Offensive line and defensive backfield. I would've enjoyed hearing offensive line and defensive line a little bit better, but what are you going to do. It's easy to say we can count on Baxter, McCutcheon, and Bodden being fine next season, but of the three, Bodden has the best chance at coming back at full strength.