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11-20-2006, 01:40 AM
Smizik: Browns just can't win against Steelers
Monday, November 20, 2006

By Bob Smizik, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CLEVELAND -- There is no truth to the theory that the city of Cleveland was awarded an NFL franchise late in the 20th century for the sole purpose of providing the Steelers with near-certain victories. It only seems that way.

Since 1999, when Cleveland returned to the NFL after a three-year absence, the Browns have been the Steelers' favorite cupcake. Including their 24-20 win yesterday, the Steelers are 12-3 against the Browns the past eight seasons.

Of course, the Browns are pretty much a cupcake for every NFL team. Had they not, for example, completely come apart in the fourth quarter and allowed the Steelers to score three touchdowns in the final 10 minutes, they would have won consecutive games in the same season for the first time since Oct. 12, 2003.

That's awful.

It wasn't just that the Browns provided the Steelers with another victory, it was the way they did it. Just when victory seemed theirs, after an electrifying 92-yard kickoff return that answered the Steelers' first fourth-quarter touchdown, they lapsed into their loser's mentality and allowed the Steelers to not only win but to gain a large dose of momentum.

Had the Steelers (4-6) dominated from the start, this win wouldn't have meant as much. But by scoring the winning touchdown with 32 seconds remaining, the Steelers are on a high for the important -- yes, there still can be an important game for this team -- matchup against AFC North Division-leader Baltimore Sunday. The Browns also allowed quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to wipe out a horrendous first-half performance -- 4 completions in 11 attempts, 36 yards and 3 interceptions -- with a superlative second-half showing -- 21 for 33 for 236 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions.

The Browns, through their ineptitude, gave the Steelers hope, however slight it might be.

The Browns came away from this game with mixed emotions. They acknowledged the loss as a bitter one, but at the same time felt some pride in playing so well early against the Super Bowl champions. They had pointed to this game as a chance to move ahead of the Steelers in the standings, as a chance to show they could win on successive weeks against good teams.

"I'm disappointed because we wanted to win this game so bad," said quarterback Charlie Frye, who completed 17 of 27 passes for 224 yards. "We put a lot of work into this week. A lot of emotion went into this game. The guys really put it on the line.

"We played real well at times, but not so well at other times."

Wide receiver Braylon Edwards, who caught seven passes for 137 yards, said, "We're developing, we're playing hard. If you watched the game, we as a team -- special teams, offense, defense, coaches, players -- we're doing a better job. We believe in one another. We're into it. We're doing better. I don't care who we play.

"I guarantee you, if we play the Cincinnati Bengals and the Kansas City Chiefs [Cleveland's next two opponents] the way we did today, we'll win."

Coach Romeo Crennel, who left the staff of Bill Belichick at New England after the 2004 season to coach the Browns, doesn't seem to bring the same mentality as his former boss.

"We're going to keep working and play as hard as we played today," he said. "If we keep doing that, we're going to win a game here and there."

Imagine that! A win here and there. With that philosophy -- who knows? -- the Browns, who are 39-83 in their second coming, might make the playoffs in a decade or so.

Of course, Crennel's time with the Browns has been so awful --9-17 -- it's easy to see how he has forgotten his days as a winner in New England.

He was willing to give credit to the winners.

"Their quarterback and wide receivers, they made plays that let them win the game," he said "They made some tough plays. We were all over Hines [Ward] and he made a big play. Ben escaped a couple of sacks."

The Browns were so tired at the end of the game that after the Steelers called a time out with 39 seconds remaining, Crennel called another one.

"We needed to rest to compose ourselves and have a chance to win the game." It made no difference. The Steelers scored the winning touchdown on the next play.

Although Crennel could not be happy with the way the game ended, he looked back to the previous time the teams played and noted the improvement.

"The last time it was 41-0. This time, we should have won the game. That is improvement."

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06324/739775-194.stm

BlacknGold76
11-20-2006, 02:43 AM
In what world does Romeo Crennel win an SB with a 9-17 record and thinking that if the browns play their next two opponets like they did the Steelers today they win. :toofunny:
I think hes been reading his grand kids one too many bedtime fairy tales. It just makes you want to LOL :toofunny:

SteelersWoman
11-20-2006, 02:58 AM
It was Braylon Edwards who said that BnG--not Romeo.

Romeo said that if they continue to play the way they did on Sunday, that they might win a game here or there. He's obviously a bit more of a realist than Braylon.

Indy_Steelers
11-20-2006, 07:39 AM
They might have played better but their offense still did not put up a score on us yesterday.

HometownGal
11-20-2006, 10:11 AM
Hey - I give credit where credit is due. The Browns gave us a helluva game yesterday and forced our backs against the wall. When push came to shove, though, the Steelers got it together, took control of the game and left the Browns in the dust. :tt02:

Black@Gold Forever32
11-20-2006, 10:36 AM
Hey - I give credit where credit is due. The Browns gave us a helluva game yesterday and forced our backs against the wall. When push came to shove, though, the Steelers got it together, took control of the game and left the Browns in the dust. :tt02:

Really when you think about it. The Steelers gifted wrapped that game yesterday for the Browns to win yesterday. It reminded me of the Raiders game all over again. But unlike the Raiders game the Steelers made the plays at the end to win the game.

SteelCityMan786
11-20-2006, 04:04 PM
Hey - I give credit where credit is due. The Browns gave us a helluva game yesterday and forced our backs against the wall. When push came to shove, though, the Steelers got it together, took control of the game and left the Browns in the dust. :tt02:

aggreed. The Browns definantly challenged us, but we made the plays when we had to. and what do ya know? We're 4-6 and still rolling.