Injuries continue to mount, and the division rival is on deck. That doesn’t mean Crennel gets a free pass here at WFNY for that ridiculous field goal attempt down 28-7 with 10 minutes in the game. First, here is what ESPN’s Gregg Easterbrook had to say in his Tuesday Morning Quarterback column-
Trailing Dallas by 28-7 in the fourth quarter, Cleveland kicked a field goal on fourth-and-3 from the Cowboys’ 17. If it were a chess match, the notation would read: “!!!!!!!!!!” Not only is fourth-and-3 attractive as fourth-down chances go — before the kick Cleveland needed three scores, and after the kick Cleveland needed three scores.
That ridiculous Cleveland field goal on fourth-and-short when down 28-7 to Dallas? Browns coach Romeo Crennel knew that if his team failed to score double digits, the game would be viewed as a disaster. Advancing the score to 28-10 might deflect some criticism, even if the kick nearly zeroed out any chance of a Cleveland comeback. The Browns didn’t even try an onside kickoff following the field goal! With 10 minutes to play and trailing by three scores, Crennel ordered the kickoff boomed deep. Cleveland never took possession again, as a Boys clock-killer drive that included a sequence of eight consecutive rushing plays brought the game to all-naughts. Why didn’t Crennel at least order an onside kick? Because he was playing to restrain the margin of defeat, rather than going all-out to try to win. And it’s only the first week of the season!
Indeed. Are you trying to win the game Romeo, or are you just trying to make it look like you wanted to win the game? In the end what difference would those three points make? Perhaps more disturbing is a point made by Les Levine-
Is this making a mountain out of a molehill? I understand that a coach never wants to admit he’s wrong about an in-game decision, but this one was clearly a mistake. Own it Romeo.