Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Frost and Carter Signing

- from the official site of the Cleveland Browns

The Browns made three roster moves Monday, re-signing punter Derrick Frost and cornerback Dyshod Carter to one-year contracts and terminating the contract of offensive lineman Kelvin Garmon.

Frost won the Browns' punting job in a training camp batttle last season. He averaged 40 yards per punt on the year.

Carter played in the final five regular season games as a reserve cornerback and also played on special teams, where he recorded five tackles, one forced fumble and one recovered fumble.

Garmon signed with the Browns last spring and started the first eight games at right guard before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Crennel Living Different

Two months after being signed as the Cleveland Brown’s coach, Romeo Crennel is living life differently. Not only has he been getting more attention media-wise, but he also is giving more out.

During his time as an assistant coach under Bill Belichick, Crennel was not even allowed to speak with the media. Now, he has just attended a meeting with all other coaches where everyone’s voice was heard to try to come to unison on certain bylaws of the game.

"This has been interesting, to see a different side of it."
- Romeo Crennel

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Chester Taylor Addition...Possibly

- from the official site of the Cleveland Browns

The Browns confirmed Thursday that they have signed restricted free agent running back Chester Taylor to an offer sheet.

The Ravens have until March 23 to match the Browns' offer and keep Taylor. If the Ravens don't match, the Browns will owe Baltimore their sixth-round pick in next month's draft as compensation.

Taylor (5-foot-11, 213) has been a valuable backup and spot starter for the Ravens the last three seasons. The University of Toledo graduate gained 714 yards on 160 carries and scored two touchdowns last season.

He posted a career-best 139 yards on 23 carries last December against the Bengals. He followed that with a 25-carry, 104-yard day in a win over the Giants the following week.

Taylor, 25, has six career touchdowns, four rushing and two receiving. He also returned kickoffs for Baltimore in 2002-03.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

HARD TRUTH:

- from FOXSports.com

Just as Butch Davis rejected the judgments that were the foundation of his predecessors, Phil Savage is dismissing key conclusions of the Davis regime. That's as it should be, given the Browns' 9-23 record in 2003 and '04. Rather than throwing good money after bad, Savage opted to abandon the hope Gerard Warren and William Green could become cornerstones. Rather than trust that Davis' hand-picked punter, Derrick Frost, can put first-year jitters behind him, Savage signed veteran Kyle Richardson. However, Savage is following the wise practice of committing to holdover players who can help. Notably, he has identified 2004 Davis pick Sean Jones as a possible core player at safety. He sees hope in former second-rounder Chaun Thompson, a Davis reach in 2003, as a pass-rushing LB in a 3-4. Savage's early walk through the Browns' tricky minefield has been impressive. It's OK if you were a Butch Davis guy, if you can play at a fair price. That said, everything rides on Savage's Baltimore Achilles, picking the right long-term quarterback. Trading for Trent Dilfer provides a short-term stopgap, unless Dilfer experiences an epiphany of Rich Gannon proportions. Dilfer was an effective game-manager quarterback in the Ravens' 2000 Super Bowl run, when he started all four playoff games and rode the coattails of the defense. The Browns' 2005 defense is not to be confused with the one powered by Tony Siragusa, Sam Adams, Ray Lewis and Company. The Browns need to draft a passer in Round 1 or 2.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Jeff Uhlenhake joins Browns

Jeff Uhlenhake has joined the Browns as the assistant offensive line coach. He joins the team after a year stint with the University of Cincinnati.

“Jeff (Uhlenhake) is a young coach who did a good job with the University of Cincinnati program. He has a long relationship with Jeff Davidson and will certainly enhance his efforts with our offensive line.”
- Browns Head Coach Romeo Crennel

Uhlenhake began his football career as a player. In his ten years in the NFL, he went from being a fifth-round pick with the Miami Dolphins in 1989 to ending with the Washington Redskins.

Afterwards, Uhlenhake began coaching high school ball, advanced through college ball, and is now with the Browns.