Crennel Says Winslow Is Questionable
In his conference call with Washington media, Browns Coach Romeo Crennel said he is unsure whether tight end Kellen Winslow will be able to play Sunday at FedEx Field.
"He's questionable," Crennel said. "I'm hopeful he plays, but there's no guarantee."
Obviously, Winslow, hospitalized over the weekend for an undisclosed illness (plenty of rumors on the internets), provides a serious intermediate threat to compliment deep threat Braylon Edwards. Monday night QB Derek Anderson finally began looking like the guy who threw nearly 30 TDs a year ago. Coming off a bye week, and an ugly win over Cincy the week before that, Cleveland caught fire and whacked the Super Bowl champ Giants on national television.
Crennel believes his team can build off what it accomplished Monday night, even in a short week against another tough NFC East opponent. He says that not much changed in his scheme during the bye week to trigger the offensive outburst, though the team is gradually getting healthier, with Donte' Stallworth making his season debut against the Giants.
"We didn't tweak much," Crennel said. "I just tried to emphasize the things we needed to do to improve our play."
Anderson and Edwards are in sync now, and Crennel pointed to the time both missed with preseason injuries as an explanation for the slow start. Edwards missed three preseason games and a bunch of practice over the summer, had a bad case of the drops early in the season (Crennel attributed it to "rust") but exploded on Monday night.
"When he came back, he felt like he was going to be where he was last year," Crennel said, "but it just doesn't happen that way in football."
Crennel liked what he saw from Anderson in the fourth quarter against Cincy - the Browns' first victory, albeit against a winless opponent - and the quarterback thrived last week despite an outcry of fan support for former first-round pick Brady Quinn to finally get his shot as the starting quarterback.
"He got into a rhythm and hit some plays and looked more confident in what he was doing," Crennel said.
Many have said that the Browns began poorly at least in part because of the all the hype for a team that nearly reached the playoffs last year. They were a popular pick to win their division, then fell to the bottom of the NFL. Now, after consecutive wins, Crennel does not want the players to get too high, with so much still to prove.
"At the end of the day, we're still in third place in our division," Edwards said in his conference call. "We're 2-3 ... So although we did beat a good team, and it was a good stride in the right direction, we're still 2-3. We have nothing to celebrate."
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