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Savage: Browns' season an 'aberration'

12/3/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage met with the media Wednesday, and things weren't too rosy as the Browns are 4-8 and heading for another losing season.
But despite being pressed several times, Savage was not willing to address his future or the future of the Browns beyond the next four weeks. That ruled out most of the key hot-button issues involving Savage, head coach Romeo Crennel and the likely offseason trade of former starting quarterback Derek Anderson.

Still, there were several interesting points from Savage Wednesday.

Here were the highlights:

  • Savage reiterated that the 2008 Browns have a lot of talent on their roster and that this season was an "aberration." Savage believes this team is not far away from reaching much of the lofty expectations next year.

"We have a lot of good players on this team," Savage said. "I think when you watch the tapes down in and down out, we usually match up one-on-one. We have more than enough ability to compete in this league and play good football, and we've shown that."

  • There are no regrets from the Browns for starting Anderson at the beginning of the year. Although Savage admits hindsight is 20-20, he said former first-round pick Brady Quinn had "zero" chance of starting Week 1 with Anderson coming off a Pro Bowl season.

  • The team appears baffled with the struggles of receiver Braylon Edwards. Savage didn't have any firm solutions to correct the drop balls -- which Edwards leads the NFL in -- and how the former Pro Bowler's production has dipped this year.

"I don't know the answer to that," Savage said. "He's talked to the coaches a number of times, and we've definitely tried to work with him off the field."

  • With so much uncertainty throughout the organization, Savage also doesn't anticipate any contract discussions with current players until after the season. The Browns have several pending free agents, including safety Sean Jones, and players who want new contracts, such as tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. and kick returner Joshua Cribbs.