BrownsKidd Posted December 19, 2008 Report Share Posted December 19, 2008 http://www.ohio.com/sports/36427874.html BEREA: Wide receiver Joe Jurevicius believes the Browns' season of high expectations was derailed by injuries and players resting on 2007's laurels and made a plea to keep coach Romeo Crennel and General Manager Phil Savage despite the 4-10 record. ''I'm a big fan of Romeo Crennel,'' Jurevicius said Thursday. ''It always falls on the head coach's shoulders. I've sat in that meeting numerous times where I've heard Romeo coach something up. As a professional, if you don't do what you're coached, maybe you need to check yourself. ''It started off with injuries. Myself, [Ryan] Tucker, Daven Holly, Sean Jones, you can go down the list. Things have snowballed in a bad way. I have all the confidence in Romeo Crennel and Phil Savage and I hope change doesn't come about. We need to hang in there and fight back. I believe things are going to get corrected.'' Jurevicius said sending six players to the Pro Bowl in '07 had an impact, and not in a good way. ''If anything, it was an awakening that you can't rest on your laurels,'' Jurevicius said. ''Because we sent a bunch of guys to the Pro Bowl and won 10 games doesn't mean it happens the next year. It's a lesson to be learned. We'll see what kind of guys we have and how we respond to this season.'' A Cleveland native, Jurevicius knows owner Randy Lerner might make changes after the Dec. 28 finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers. ''Randy's going to do what he thinks is best,'' Jurevicius said. Jurevicius said noted orthopedist James Andrews performed surgery on his right knee Dec. 11. It was the seventh surgery on the knee since last January, when he underwent arthroscopy and later contracted a staph infection that resulted in five cleanouts. He said the scheduled operation by Richard Steadman in Vail, Colo., was canceled when Steadman was injured in a fall. ''A big weight's been lifted off my shoulders. It's a night and day difference from what I felt like last January to what I feel like now,'' Jurevicius said. Zastudil iffy Punter Dave Zastudil missed his second consecutive day with a sore right knee, his plant leg, and was to see the doctor Thursday night. Crennel said kicker Phil Dawson is practicing for double duty and the team brought in a punter for a tryout Wednesday. ''He looked average. He can function in the game if we needed him to,'' Crennel said of Dawson. Zastudil also serves as Dawson's holder. When asked who was the backup holder, Crennel looked at his notes before his assistant offered second-string quarterback Bruce Gradkowski. Special teams ace Joshua Cribbs is also working on his holding. ''Josh does everything,'' Crennel said. ''I'm going to give him a headset, probably.'' Brownies Crennel said tight end Steve Heiden had a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament repaired at the Cleveland Clinic, but no timetable was given for Heiden's return. . . . Rookie linebacker Beau Bell underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee at the clinic. . . . Left guard Eric Steinbach (back) was among those limited in practice after being pulled out during Wednesday's session. . . . Bengals left tackle Levi Jones (hamstring) was sidelined for the second day. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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