The Browns have not been able to bounce back on the field under coach Romeo Crennel, failing to post back-to-back victories in his two-plus seasons. But Thursday's mood in the locker room was surprisingly upbeat after Sunday's 34-7 loss to Pittsburgh and Tuesday's quarterback upheaval. It seemed Wednesday that players like Kellen Winslow and Braylon Edwards were saddened by the loss of their friend. But Thursday Winslow grabbed a radio reporter's microphone and playfully asked Leigh Bodden a couple questions. (Not newspaper-worthy though: ''Who was the Madden champ last year? Who was it the year before?'' Bodden said he won both years.) The funniest part was Winslow's exasperation in trying to get a question in.
It may not translate to a victory Sunday against Cincinnati, but at least the debacle against Pittsburgh seems to be behind them.