Guest Aloysius Posted December 30, 2008 Report Share Posted December 30, 2008 Crennel would consider staying with Browns by Mary Kay Cabot Monday December 29, 2008, 10:06 PM Romeo Crennel, fired by the Browns Monday morning, made it clear in a phone interview that there's only one way he'd consider remaining with the team: if the new head coach really wanted him. "You don't want to get into a situation where somebody other than the head coach is hiring the coaches because now you've got a situation that might not work best," said Crennel. "And for this organization to move forward, they need key people on the same page, going in the same direction." Crennel, of course, was stripped of his ability to hire most of his assistants after he made a mistake on offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon in 2005. He also didn't have much of a say in player acquisition, including his desire to bring in key veterans this season to plug gaping holes. But despite the fact it was obvious that he and fired general manager Phil Savage weren't on the same page, Crennel refused to use that as an excuse. "As it turned out, we were both held accountable, both Phil and myself for our record and we're both out of a job and that's the bottom line," said Crennel. "Whatever the reasons are, no one really cares. It's just like on Sunday -- did you win or lose? That you're playing with the fourth quarterback doesn't matter. We're both accountable and we have to answer for that." Crennel said he told owner Randy Lerner that he'd be open to staying, but only under the right circumstances. "You'd have to be careful about how it would be looked on by the new people coming in," he said. "They don't want anyone looking over their shoulder, particularly someone who was here before. Even though the position might not be one they're directly in charge of, human nature gets into this thing a little bit. If that's their perception, whether it's right or wrong, it might impact their judgement or impact the way they do things." Crennel said he'd keep an open mind. Crennel has a great relationship with Patriots Vice President Scott Pioli, who's up for the GM job, and Pioli might want Crennel to stay. "I'd have to sit down and talk to Scott about it, but moreso than Scott, I'd have to talk to the head coach," he said. "That would be the major factor." Lerner has also expressed interest in fired Jets coach Eric Mangini, who's a close friend of Crennel's from their days with the Patriots. "Eric and I have a good relationship," Crennel said. "I like Eric a lot. Still, I'd have to sit down and talk with Eric about what his capacity is, about what his vision is and then he'd make a determination from there." Crennel also thanked the fans for their support over the past few years and Lerner for giving him the opportunity. He said the firing is tough "but I'm hanging in there." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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