If it doesn’t fit, must you, uh, quit? The story continues…

You know it occurred to me.  I once had a co-workers who’s favourite tag line was ” Well, If I don’t see you again, so what?  His name was Savage, Milt Savage, not Phil Savage.

More and more it looks like that is what Phil is going to have to say to Romeo, too.

Everybody hasn’t quit on Romeo Crennel, but it looks like many of the Browns have.

There are old pros around like Joe Jurevicius, who considered coming back here to be almost a sacred trust.

There are guys like Kellen Winslow Jr., eager to make their names in the league, hungry to win. He has been underused, but he is not under-motivated.

 Overall, though, it looks like so many Browns are mailing it in that you wonder, given the size of the players in the NFL, if bulk rates are available at the post office.

Sunday in Baltimore could present the last meaningful chance for Crennel and his team to rescue each other. The final two games are “so what?” contests outside the division.

If Anderson gets the start he deserves, the Browns could get a real read on his ability. The Ravens placed Anderson on waivers, whereupon the Browns claimed him. So Baltimore will have a scouting report on him. It’s not as if he’s going to ambush the Ravens with a better arm and quicker reads than Frye, which is how he surprised the Steelers.

It’s not as if the Ravens’ fierce defense is going to wait for Anderson to make a mistake, either, as did Kansas City.

But it is a long shot for the downtrodden Browns to beat the Ravens. A loss would make the first time ever a franchise that had a lot of pride a long time ago failed to win a single division game. It would give Crennel an aggregate 1-11 record against AFC North opponents.

Overall, though, it looks like so many Browns are mailing it in that you wonder, given the size of the players in the NFL, if bulk rates are available at the post office.

Sunday in Baltimore could present the last meaningful chance for Crennel and his team to rescue each other. The final two games are “so what?” contests outside the division.

If Anderson gets the start he deserves, the Browns could get a real read on his ability. The Ravens placed Anderson on waivers, whereupon the Browns claimed him. So Baltimore will have a scouting report on him. It’s not as if he’s going to ambush the Ravens with a better arm and quicker reads than Frye, which is how he surprised the Steelers.

But it is a long shot for the downtrodden Browns to beat the Ravens. A loss would make the first time ever a franchise that had a lot of pride a long time ago failed to win a single division game. It would give Crennel an aggregate 1-11 record against AFC North opponents.

Can anyone survive such a record in his biggest games?

The Browns have been blown out twice in their past three games. Both were against division rivals, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. Both games were unwatchable unless you were paid to be there and write about them.

Players who talk very good games (This means you, Braylon Edwards) drop passes. The defense gets blown off the line. The players make feeble attempts at tackles further downfield.

Worse, there seems to be open dissension on the team. There is no quick fix for such poison. Although the forced resignation of offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon was hoped to be a cure-all, it is obvious now that the problems run much deeper than that.

It is very hard to get modern pro athletes to buy into the idea that the team comes first. Bill Belichick (Hey, who knew?) has done that in New England. Gregg Popovich did it in San Antonio in the NBA.  Joe Torre has done it with the New York Yankees.  Crennel is from the Belichick coaching tree, but his behind-the-scenes work has not been sufficient to change the players’ habits.

He is also so honest that he is coming off as bewildered. He says things like “I don’t know how that happened,” “I can’t explain that” and “I have to figure that out” in his news conferences.

The front office wants to sell stability after so many years of chaos. But when players quit on a coach, it is hard for the same man to get them back.

So Romeo, if we don’t see you again, well, “so what?”

Plagarized from Bill Livingston of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, italics are MINE…

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