Back to square one.
No front office...no general manager...no head coach.
About 4 years ago, I remember telling people how Phil Savage will stop at nothing to bring a Super Bowl Championship to Cleveland. I remember looking at Romeo Crennel and seeing a world of potential and greatness. I remember looking at the 2004 incarnation of the Cleveland Browns and thinking this will never happen in this city ever again.
But now we're back to square one.
Granted, this time around there is talent. We have a potential franchise quarterback with several malleable offensive pieces to work with. We have young talented defenders such as Kamerion Wimbley, D'Qwell Jackson, Eric Wright, Brandon McDonald, and Sean Jones who may be able to help jump-start that side of the ball. All hope for a quick turnaround is not lost.
Romeo Crennel will best be remembered for being a great person. You hear it everywhere, but Romeo was a gentle-hearted man who cared about his players and trusted his assistant coaches. While he is still owed close to 8 million dollars from the extension he signed last year, this move is for the better. Crennel will have no trouble finding employment elsewhere - perhaps even back in New England or maybe even as a head coach in another city down the road.
In the end, Savage and Crennel were simply too different. Conflict between the two resulted in a lack of chemistry and an inability to work well together. As reported by the Plain Dealer, here were some of the alleged disagreements that proved to be the iceberg that finally sank the ship: