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Cleveland Browns hits an all-time low; Quinn punched by teammate

brady-quinnThe Cleveland Browns, who were the fell-good story of last season, have officially completed their free fall from relevance.

As if a Sunday shutout at the hands of the Bengals wasn’t enough, reports have surfaced that defensive tackle Shaun Smith punched sidelined quarterback Brady Quinn in the face after a weight-room altercation. Browns head coach Romeo Crennel added validity to the reports at his Monday press conference when he didn’t deny that a verbal argument and punch ocurred.

“If it happened, it stays in house,” Crennel said.

Another indication came when Smith was on the inactive list for the Browns Sunday game against the Cincinatti Bengals, although Smith will be available for the season finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Apparently, Smith is known for mouthing off in the lockeroom on a weekly basis. He has had several previous lockeroom incidents and Crennel said that Smith’s antics could be irritating to some.

“Yeah, sure, it could potentially rub a guy the wrong way,” Crennel admitted.

The Browns of this year were a far cry from their 2007 season. Quarterback Derrick Anderson, wide receiver Braylon Edwards and tight end Kellen Winslow were all big-time performers last season who didn’t show up this year. Winslow was on and off the injury list, Edwards dropped more balls than any other wide receiver in the NFL and Anderson lost his job to second-year quarterback Quinn.

The Browns’ 11-4 record in 2007  set a precedence they weren’t  ready to live up to, as was porved by their 11-4 follow up thus far. They are also sure to lose at Pittsburgh and finish 5-11.  Four monday night games assured the Browns that the country wanted to see them, and, in a rare occurrence, high expectations loomed for their season. Unfortantely, they faltered terribly and will have many issues to contend with over the offseason, including the fate of their head coach.

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Quinn finally gets his shot in Cleveland

43178641Everyone felt sorry for Brady Quinn, a projected top pick in the 2007 NFL draft, when he fell to No. 22 and sat in the green room of Radio City Music Hall as player after player had their name called.

They didn’t know the ascension of a relative unknown in quarterback Derek Anderson would prolong that wait for another season, with an unlikely performance that propelled the Browns to the playoffs — not to mention every Monday Night Football game of the 2007-08 season.

But Quinn will finally get his shot against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

A lackluster performance by Anderson and all the skilled position players around him have resulted in him being sent to the bench. Highly touted wide receiver Braylon Edwards leads the league in dropped passes, including a 50-yard pass on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. And tight end Kellen Winslow also hasn’t been up to par with his 2007 performance where he caught 82 passes.

Fans have called for Quinn, and Browns head coach Romeo Crennel appeased. But, I’m not sure Quinn will make much of a difference on a team with failing receivers, a lacking running game and well below average defense.

He also has a short week where he’ll practice only once before he performs against the Broncos, who are not one the best defensive teams in the league, but my expectations for him are still short.

I don’t see Quinn or the team doing much Sunday, or the rest of the season for that matter. But, as always, we’ll figure this mess in Cleveland out on Sunday.

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Kellin Winslow put on ice for ‘meat’ comments

Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow said he felt like “a piece of meat” when Browns general manager Phil Savage didn’t visit him in the hospital while he dealt with a staph infection.

Winslow was put on ice by the Browns because of his open comments to the media on what his head coach Romeo Crennel called “family business.” The Browns suspended Winslow for one game and will lose $235,294 over comments criticizing the team’s handling of his illness.

Crennel nor Savage were happy with Winslow’s comments. Crennel said Winslow never took his issue up with the organization.

“If he has an issue, he should address it with the organization and not to the media,” Crennel said. “I don’t know how much you gain by that. He should come to the organization first and try to reach some kind of agreement. Then, if he’s not satisfied, he can go elsewhere.”

Savage was equally upset, considering he was the one was called by Winslow.

“His comments and behavior on Sunday evening, however, were unwarranted, inappropriate, and unnecessarily disparaging to our organization. His statements brought unjustified negative attention to our organization, and violated the team-first concept of our football squad. Therefore, disciplinary action will be taken in the form of a one-game suspension without pay for conduct detrimental to the club.”

Winslow has a reputation for letting his mouth get him into trouble. He made comments that raised some eyebrows while at Miami, but immediately apologized.

He was also in a serious motorcycle injury before his rookie season which cost him time on the field, marring the early stages of his career. But Winslow recovered and mounted an impressive 2007-08 season. He was still on track before his recent illness, posting a team-high 21 receptions for 187 yards and one touchdown.

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