November 16, 2008 by The Constant Complainer
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I don’t complain too often about sports on this blog. Primarily because we have readers from all over the world and someone in Canada, for example, may not care about my local sports team. However, when I’ve personally written posts or published a Guest Post about sports, it’s when it is regarding a big star or an issue that, in general, my readers would find interesting. Today’s post is a good example.
For as long as I’ve been alive, I’ve been fueled by the rivalry between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns. You see, I’m in an interesting situation. I grew up in Pittsburgh, but now I live in Cleveland. In thinking back, I even attended the infamous 51-0 Browns blowout of the Steelers on 9/10/89. That game brought the rivalry to the forefront for years.
Anyway, you may not agree, but here’s where I stand on this situation. I always root for the Steelers and I always root for the Browns. However, when they play each other, I root for the Steelers. That sets up what I’m about to tell you.
Much to my dismay, this rivalry is dying. The Browns are in the midst of one of the worst seasons in recent memory. They are 3-6 and instead of being in the thick of things after their amazing 10-6 season last year, they are barely holding on to 3rd place in the AFC North. Poor decision after poor decision by everyone from management on down will surely leave the Browns as this season’s biggest disappointment.
My whole complaint today is about Romeo Crennel, the Head Coach of the Browns, and why he needs to be fired. The reason that this ties into my history with the Steelers, and why it may be of interest to most sports fans out there, is because if you aren’t already aware of it, there is a huge push in Cleveland to get Bill Cowher, the former Super Bowl winning Head Coach of the Steelers, to coach the Browns next year.
So titling this post “Can ‘Em” was my savvy way of saying “Fire Romeo Crennel” to the world. Many fans have their issues with the Browns and their coaching staff. In my opinion, here are some of the biggest issues with Romeo. First, his play calling is horrendous (it’s third and 8 and he calls for a handoff – or his Offensive Coordinator does and he doesn’t stop him). Second, his time clock management is disastrous (game after game he doesn’t know when to call a timeout). Third, his impromptu decision making leaves a lot to be desired (not knowing when to kick a field goal or go for the touchdown during a potentially game-winning drive). Lastly, he has poor player management (Jamal Lewis and Kellen Winslow openly criticizing the team to the media – Winslow’s suspension is cancelled and Lewis isn’t even disciplined). Those are just a few examples worth mentioning for purposes of this discussion.
A simple Google search for “Fire Romeo Crennell” generated more than 28,000 links. Clearly, it’s on more than a few people’s minds. Also, one of my favorite Browns blogs, Savage Dawgs, has documented many of the ongoing issues with the coaching staff of the Browns. You should check out “What’s wrong with the Browns Part#1” here and “What a JOKE” here.
So why bring in Bill Cowher? First, because he completed his career with the Steelers with a 161-99-1 record, including one Super Bowl win. Second, because he played for and coached with the Browns. Third, and if you didn’t know this, he just moved to Cleveland. Fourth and most importantly, um, because he is the biggest in-your-face-aggressive coach a team like the Browns need. Along those lines, I was pleased to see and am happy to promote a new web site that was launched this week. It is called Cowher09 and is dedicated to bringing a petition to Randy Lerner, the Owner of the Browns, which calls for the termination of Romeo Crennel and the hiring of Bill Cowher. Please check it out here and support their cause.
Hey, I’m a disgruntled Cleveland fan just like anyone else. But can you imagine bringing Bill Cowher to Cleveland? That, my friends, would give me some hope for our future. I don’t know that we’ll ever stop complaining about our team, but it certainly might make things more enjoyable in the meantime…