WAS SMITH THE TARGET OF "QUITTER" TALK?

As Browns coach Romeo Crennel fired back at comments from multiple players who believe that one or more teammates “quit” during last Thursday’s game against the Broncos, multiple sources tell us that one of the players about whom running back Jamal Lewis was speaking is defensive tackle Shaun Smith.
“He never shuts the f–k up,” one source said, “and he acts like he has been to 25 Pro Bowls. . . .  In Jamal Lewis’ tirade he had Shaun Smith squarely in his sights — although Smith is oblivious to it.”
But in the opinion of Crennel, there are no quitters on the team.
When you say that the team quit, that’s saying that I quit,” Crennel said on Wednesday.  “I know that I’m not a quitter and my players don’t quit.”
Only a few days ago, Crennel offered a different assessment:  “We have to look at everybody and see who’s not carrying their load and who’s not holding up their end of it,” Crennel said.  “We have to see if we have other people available to try to motivate them.”
In our view, once receiver/kick returner Josh Cribbs turned the Lewis remarks into a growing chorus of discontent, Crennel likely realized that he’s the one who’ll take the fall if it becomes widely believed that the players aren’t giving their all.
Frankly, we think it’s too late for tough talk from Crennel.  Unless his team runs the table, Crennel’s time as coach of the Browns will likely be ending. 

34 responses to “WAS SMITH THE TARGET OF "QUITTER" TALK?

  1. True, Crennel doesn’t have much of a shot at the Cleveland job next year, especially if he chooses to not find out if Quinn can throw a pass further than 10 yards. That’s not an opinion, by the way, they just didn’t try anything in his first game.

  2. someone gonna get fired. and why? cos all coaches should BE ABLE TO MANAGE THE CLOCK!!!!! HES LIKE THE RYAN LEAF OF COACHING, HE GOT EVERYONE ALL EXCITED LAST YEAR, and now hes a bust

  3. over rated team prior to the start of the season. I can’t wait for the same thing to happen in Minnesota

  4. Come on….seriously….does no one else realize that Winslow was the target here? Yes. He had a decent stats game – but he COST the Brown’s the game! Check the egos at the door?? Go back and watch the game film after his fumble of the ball- his “Watch me! Watch me!” tirade. It IS all about him and his ego. And then the fourth down call that goes right through his hands…The Browns are ridiculously sick of him and his attitude. He’s a locker room cancer. Not Shockey cancerous, but right up there. It’s not about Him, him, him or his stats – it’s about the Browns winning games. And his attitude and effort are in contention with that.

  5. Coulda been Brandon McDonald. He had one of the worst games for a cornerback in recent memory.
    (This is coming from a Falcon fan who remembers Charles Dimry being burned to a crisp by Jerry Rice back in 1990. Rice had 5 TDs in 5 catches…he went for 13 catches, 225 yards in all…against Dimry in Week 6 that season. That’s the worst game I’ve ever seen a CB play. Good coaching move, by the way.)

  6. You ever notice how crennel and smith look alike? Also, did u notice how the Browns played better when smith was hurt?

  7. RAC is a damn fool. Get him the hell out of here–like they should have two years ago–and send Phil packing right out the door after him.

  8. ““He never shuts the f–k up,” one source said, “and he acts like he has been to 25 Pro Bowls. . . . In Jamal Lewis’ tirade he had Shaun Smith squarely in his sights — although Smith is oblivious to it.””
    So is the source talking about Jamal Lewis or Smith? You have to be more clearer for us dumb football fans.

  9. It is possible that he was talking about more that one person quitting. Smith…Winslow….perhaps others.
    Crennel is done as a head coach. Some people aren’t cut out for being anything but coordinaters. They seem to have no plan. Everything is reactionary.

  10. Wow, you know things suck *BIG TIME* when even Bengals fans can start piling on about how badly a team is run.

  11. “multiple sources tell us that one of the players about whom running back Jamal Lewis was speaking is defensive tackle Shaun Smith.”
    What’s really bad is that when he quit nobody could tell the difference.

  12. I think it could be Smith but the real issue is that Mike Florio has some personal vendetta against the Browns. Mike be a man and tell me what the Browns organization did to you. Is it the fans or do you hate somebody in the organization?

  13. Romeo Crennel has predictably refuted the claims that his players quit — but really, what else do you expect him to say?
    Even when the Browns were winning last year I always thought that this team had a problem with leadership. Who are the leaders? Willie McGinest is supposedly the leader on D, but where his leadership last Thursday? And with DA at QB, he is really too reserved and his confidence fluctuates too much for him to be a leader. Jamal and Cribbs seem to be the best leaders, and I’m glad they finally spoke out. K2 and Braylon sure as hell haven’t shown much leadership at any point during their careers. Unless it involves focusing on where their own individual agendas are leading.

  14. “Wow, you know things suck *BIG TIME* when even Bengals fans can start piling on about how badly a team is run. ”
    OMG, that had me roflmao. Thanks for the laugh.

  15. “I think it could be Smith but the real issue is that Mike Florio has some personal vendetta against the Browns. Mike be a man and tell me what the Browns organization did to you. Is it the fans or do you hate somebody in the organization?”
    Yes, because the issue just couldn’t be the mass ineptitude exhibited continually by this organization that makes them the target of ridicule now, could it? Not at all! Much more likely it’s a personal vendetta by Florio.
    Gimme a break.

  16. Huh? This makes no sense. Smith was hurt on Thursday and came back in the game. Why would Jamal target a guy who fought through an injury to play? Not to mention that Smith has been a monster in almost every other game this year.
    But hey its a completely anonymous rip on one of the few bright spots on the Browns this year that someone who hasn’t watched every game might believe.
    Ridiculous crap.

  17. Some non-Browns fan observations:
    Re: Brandon McDonald – don’t worry Cutler & Co. have made many CB’s look ridiculous this year.
    Re: K2 – strong on talent; weak on focus
    Re: Quitting – I didn’t see it. Sounds like an excuse to me to. The TEAM lost; not the individuals. They were outplayed in the second half – it really is that simple. Again, I’m not hearing that Cutler & Co. shined – only that the Browns quit.
    Re: Browns overrated coming in to the season: Yes.
    Re: Florio hating on your team: Join the club!

  18. one of the quotes in those articles by fatman is “i am not a quitter…” well here’s a suggestion fatman, in the words of sonny liston …”you might want to sit down and revaluate your philosophy”. you suck fatman, move on!

  19. I don’t know who your “anonymous sources” are…but the quitter talk HAD TO BE about Kellen Winslow. I agree with the previous poster…he is all about “Me…Me…Me” and is a cancer in the locker room. That’s why he has said in the past “I don’t feel like I’m part of the team”. He has NEVER had to work hard for ANYTHING in his life. He grew up with a silver spoon lodged in his heiny for being a NFL players kid. I will agree that he is very talented, but his last name made a lot of people overlook obvious character flaws. He’s the whiniest “Soldier” that I’ve ever heard of. “Wah…Phil Savage didn’t come visit me in the hospital…Wah”. He’s used to people catering to his every need…and when the GM of the Browns didn’t take a few minutes out of his schedule to visit him, he throws a HUGE tantrum. He needs to man up and let his play do the talking. I’ve met K2 at an fan event dinner about two years ago…and asked for a photo with him (he was my favorite player at the time)…he said “Can’t do it…I’m with my wife.” So…while I might be biased…the fact that Jamal Lewis says “He acts like he’s been to 25 pro bowls”…an ego like that can ONLY belong to the pampered son of Kellen Winslow Sr. There’s no I in TEAM…but he’s positive there’s a K2.

  20. I was just watching the “Red Zone” show on TV with Shawn Smith Blabbing endlessly as usual. My experience in life has been that the guys who can’t shut up usually can’t backup what they say either.
    For what it’s worth he got on a caller and was complaining about the fans not being into the game as much as he would like. That PUNK from Cincinnati better SHUT UP!
    That newbie overpaid mediocre ex-Cincinnati PUNK has NO IDEA what it’s like spending your hard earned money and selling out the stadium for the last 10-years hoping to see a winning effort just to have your heart torn out far more times than not. Here’s a clue Shawn…START WINNING!!!
    If MOTOR MOUTH takes care of business on the field he won’t have to worry about what the fans are doing in the stands.
    Lip Flapping Motor Mouth PUNK! I don’t know if he was taking plays off but it wouldn’t surprise me.

  21. Come on my fellow Browns fans! I know you are smarter than this. It’s very hard to determine if an offensive player actually quits (unless you’re Randy Moss with the Raiders)He wouldn’t make a comment about Winslow “quitting”. The man had a career day. That’s about obsurd is saying Quinn was the quitter.
    The quitter is very obvious. It’s easy to tell when a cornerback quits because when they’re just trotting down the field and getting toasted time and time again. McDonald is very cocky. Mcdonald is the quitter.He got tired, and instead of telling the coach, he just gave up on the plays…
    It’s RAC’s fault. He should have seen that and pulled him off of the field immediately. RAC even admitted that he needs to have fresh bodys in the game toward the end. This bum of a coach should be fired!

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