Monday, February 14, 2005

Crennel vs. Garcia

After one season with the Cleveland Browns, former quarterback Jeff Garcia will be released from the ranks. After the addition of former Patriots’ defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, the Browns’ style will be altered. Garcia is very much on the quick pass side of the spectrum. As we all know from watching the last few Super Bowls, Crennel likes to focus on more play-action and drop-back, not the rollout style of Garcia.

This will give the Browns some cap room. They will still have to lay out $3.75 million for Garcia, but this is $2 million less than they would have had to pay if he had stayed.

Kelly Holcomb, who is the only remaining veteran quarterback, will come to free agent status this March. This puts the Browns in a little bit of a dilemma since Holcomb has not decided whether he will stay or not. But, Crennel is keeping a very positive outlook. Change is good, right?

“We’re going to have to see what happens with Kelly, to see if we can get him back. And whether Garcia not being here makes that any easier or not, no one really knows because free agency is free agency. You’re free. You can do what you want to do.”
- Coach Romeo Crennel