Berea Report: Keeping the Old Man Clean
Trent Dilfer and Joe Andruzzi celebrate a win over the Packers on 9/18/05

Posted Sep 19, 2005

Fred Greetham reports from Berea on the offensive line's improvement


Berea – So far so good.

Through the first two games, quarterback Trent Dilfer has been almost untouched due to the pass protection of the offensive line.

Romeo Crennel has been impressed with their performance.

“So far they’ve done a nice job in the pass protection area not giving up any sacks,” Crennel said. “Hopefully, that’s not the kiss of death.”

Crennel said a big reason for bringing in veterans like Cosey Coleman, Joe Andruzzi and L. J. Shelton was to protect the quarterback.

“We thought if we can get a group with chemistry, they can become an efficient operating unit,” Crennel said. “We have had some success in the pass protection area, but we have to improve in the running game. They just have to become more consistent.”

Trent Dilfer has thrown the ball over 70 times in his first two games and has yet to be sacked.

“Those guys did a great job,” Dilfer said. “They’ve been coming together as a group since the first day of camp. They have a good feel for one another and what’s going on.”

Shelton said there’s room for improvement.

“It’s a good start,” Shelton said. “We’re trying to get better every week. We would like to be more consistent in the run offense, but we feel good where we’re at. We have some guys who’ve played a lot of football and know what they’re doing.”

Andruzzi has been a key factor in shoring up the guard position.

“We take a lot of pride in protecting the quarterback,” Andruzzi said. “We’ve been working as a group to try and come together.

“We’re doing our best to keep the old man on his feet.”

The Browns know they have to get better in the rushing game.

“We want all phases working on all cylinders,” Andruzzi said.

They know the task won’t get any easier this week with Dwight Freeney and company on the docket.

“We’re focused to go out and try to improve our play every week,” Jeff Faine said.

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