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Browns fire Crennel

By Marla Ridenour Published: December 29, 2008

Romeo Crennel has been relieved of his duties as Browns head coach, the team just announced.

Crennel, 61, went 24-40 over four seasons and the Browns failed to reach the playoffs. On Sunday, he became the only full-time coach in team history to fail to beat Pittsburgh, going 0-8 after a 31-0 loss at Heinz Field.

Crennel has three seasons remaining on a contract extension he received early this year that runs through 2011. He may be unsure whether he'll seek another job, admitting last week that spending more time with his grandchildren may be an option.

General manager Phil Savage was fired Sunday. He has four seasons remaining on his new contract that runs through 2012 and carries an average salary reported at $2.7 million per year.

Owner Randy Lerner is expected to address the media today.


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