August 21, 2014

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BREAKING NEWS UPDATED — Crennel canned

Updated: 12:07 p.m. BEREA – Romeo Crennel was fired as Browns coach this morning, but Bill Cowher isn’t in line to fill the vacancy. Browns owner Randy Lerner said he met informally with Cowher on Saturday night and Cowher told him he wasn’t interested in coaching anywhere in 2009. Lerner said he might still pursue Read More…

Steelers 31, Browns 0: Disappointing season ends with another loss

 PITTSBURGH — Romeo Crennel received a quick hug from counterpart Mike Tomlin, then began the long, slow march off the field. Coaches who lose 31-0 to the archrival in the season finale don’t get drenched in Gatorade or carried off the field. They take a long walk off a short pier and begin updating their Read More…

Browns: GM Savage fired after another disappointing defeat

 PITTSBURGH — Browns owner Randy Lerner wasted little time starting what will become a major overhaul of his organization. Less than 21/2 hours after the 31-0 loss to the Steelers ended Sunday, general manager Phil Savage was fired, a team spokeswoman confirmed. Lerner is scheduled to meet with the media this morning. Savage did not Read More…

Browns notes: Lewis reaches 1,000 yards

 PITTSBURGH — Jamal Lewis wasn’t doing cartwheels, but he did take a measure of satisfaction in reaching 1,000 rushing yards for the season Sunday in a 31-0 season-ending loss to the Steelers. Lewis is the first Brown since Mike Pruitt in 1980-81 to post consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. Lewis ran for 1,304 in 2007, his first Read More…

Steelers 31, Browns 0: Extras, edges and statbook

 THUMBS UP Tyrone Carter, Steelers safety Not only did he have two interceptions and returned one for a touchdown, he was part of a defense that blanked the Browns. While that isn’t exactly headline news these days, it remains an impressive feat. Carter’s first pick came in the third quarter after Bruce Gradkowski was hit Read More…

Browns fire GM Savage

  PITTSBURGH – Phil Savage is out as Browns general manager. He was fired tonight after four years on the job. A team spokeswoman confirmed the decision at 6:30. The Browns ended a bitterly disappointing season at 4:06 with a 31-0 loss to the Steelers. The Browns went 4-12 this season to give Savage a Read More…

Romeo looking for first win against the Steelers

Romeo Crennel’s stoic demeanor rarely deviates, but last week he allowed some of his personality to show. He reflected on his four seasons, cracked a couple of jokes and seemed at ease, despite constant speculation about his coaching future. Perhaps it was the Christmas spirit. Perhaps it was the freedom of the season’s final week, Read More…

McGinest focusing on finale, not retirement decision

BEREA — Willie McGinest was in no mood to get sentimental Friday. He has a game to play Sunday in Pittsburgh, and that’s where his focus remained. Even if it could be the final game of a memorable 15-year career. McGinest, the 37-year-old outside linebacker, said in May that he planned to retire following this Read More…

Browns notes: Crennel to meet with Lerner next week

BEREA — Coach Romeo Crennel will get the chance to plead his case and try to save his job. Crennel said Friday that owner Randy Lerner told him they will meet next week. The season ends Sunday in Pittsburgh. “His schedule varies a little bit, so I’m looking at sometime next week,” Crennel said of Read More…

Scott Petrak: Charting the dismantling of Browns offense

 By now, anyone still paying attention to the Browns knows they haven’t scored an offensive touchdown in nearly 21 quarters. But the offense was a problem long before the touchdowns stopped Nov. 17, when Jerome Harrison ran 72 yards 13 seconds into the fourth quarter in a win over Buffalo. Long before Brady Quinn, then Read More…