BEREA - Despite having a 4-10 record, the Browns were able to send two players to the Pro Bowl in left tackle Joe Thomas and defensive tackle Shaun Rogers.
“It was good that we were able to get a couple of guys on the Pro Bowl roster,” Romeo Crennel said. “I was glad to see that.”
Thomas was voted as a starter at left tackle and Rogers is one of four interior defensive linemen.
Joshua Cribbs was voted the alternate on special teams as punt returner or kick returner. He will go to the Pro Bowl if either the punt returner or kick returner ahead of him backs out.
Kicker Phil Dawson was voted as second alternate, meaning there are two kickers between him and Hawaii. Dawson set a new team record for field goals in a season this year with two games to play.
Crennel was asked if he felt Thomas played as well as he did in his rookie season.
“Joe made it last year and he’s played well,” he said. “He was voted into the Pro Bowl and I’ll hang my hat on that.”
Thomas said he is thrilled to be two for two in Pro Bowl appearances, but would trade them for wins.
“It’s obviously exciting and I’m very proud to represent the Browns,” Thomas said. “It’s been a tough season.
“I don’t really go for individual recognition,” he said. “It’s an honor but I would give up the honor for our team to win 10 games or more and go to the playoffs. I think the difference between winning and losing is so small and think we can get back there next year.”
Thomas was asked if he felt he has improved from his rookie season.
“I feel I have improved over last year,” he said. “The quality of the defenses we have faced have been better this year than last year, but I feel I have improved.”
Crennel feels that Rogers has made a huge impact on the Browns this season.
“Shaun Rogers has come in a done a great job for us,” he said. “He has made an impact on the team in the locker room and on the field. “
Crennel was asked why the Browns run defense has been so porous, despite the addition of Rogers.
“The run defense has been inconsistent, but (the opposition) knows that he’s a force on the inside and they don’t run to the inside.”
Rogers made the NFL Pro Bowl after the 2004 and 2005 season while with the Lions and now has made it for the AFC.
“It’s a pleasure but I’m just excited to represent the guys I play with on our defense,” Rogers said. “It’s always good to be recognized by your peers. It speaks volumes of the guys around me and what we’re trying to do.”
No Flash: ESPN announcers said in meetings with the coaching staff prior to the Eagles’ game, the plans were to use Josh Cribbs much more in the offense.
Crennel said that was true.
“We were going to get him more touches and use him more,” Crennel said. “The plays weren’t as successful as we were hoping and so we didn’t use him as much as we had planned to.”
Braylon Speak: WR Braylon Edwards intimated after the game that he feels under appreciated and that he might want to be traded. Edwards had his third 100-yard receiving game of the season, all on Monday Night Football.
“Sometimes, after games we all say things we might not have wanted to say,” Crennel said. “I tell the players to think before you talk.”
Heiden, Bell Surgery: TE Steve Heiden tore his ACL and will have knee surgery on Thursday to repair the ligament. Also, rookie LB Beau Bell will have his second arthroscopic surgery on his knee on Thursday and will miss the remainder of the season.
Crennel said that Bell has been plagued by tendinitis that continued swelling and the doctors felt it was best to get it repaired now.
Injury Update: The following players will either not practice or be limited on Wednesday: WR Josh Cribbs (back), DB Brandon McDonald (shoulder),DL Shaun Rogers (neck burner), DL Shaun Smith (calf), LB Leon Williams (knee), TE Kellen Winslow (ankle), P Dave Zastudil (knee), RB Jerome Harrison (ribs)and FB Lawrence Vickers (ankle)
Crennel said the team will look to add a tight end and that TE Darnell Dinkins will assume the starting role. He said rookie Martin Rucker should see some action, as well.