Browns accept resignation of offensive coach

January 06, 1996|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,SUN STAFF

Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Steve Crosby has resigned, owner Art Modell said last night.

According to Modell, Crosby called him yesterday, asked and was granted permission to speak with other teams. Crosby's contract expires on March 1.

Crosby, who was in his second year as the team's offensive coordinator, did not return calls to his office yesterday.

"Right now, I have no hint of who the new offensive coordinator will be," said Modell.

Modell said last week that the offense and defense had become too predictable, and he met with six members of his front-office staff in Baltimore yesterday, including head coach Bill Belichick.

Browns defensive coordinator Rick Venturi's position also is suspect, and terms of his contract also were discussed at yesterday's meeting, a team official said. Venturi did not return phone calls last night.

According to the team official, Venturi may be removed from his position as a first-year defensive coordinator, and named as the team's defensive line coach.

The Browns slipped from 11-5 in 1994 to 5-11 this season, losing seven of their last eight games.

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