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Davidson will call plays

Zac Jackson, Staff Writer

10.24.2006

Browns coach Romeo Crennel has announced the resignation of offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon and has given the play-calling duties to assistant head coach/offensive line coach Jeff Davidson.

Crennel said he and Carthon spoke Monday night, and "to do what I thought was best for the Browns and the Browns organization, I decided to accept his resignation," Crennel said.

Carthon's departure marks the first change to Crennel's coaching staff since Crennel was hired and began building a staff in Feb. 2005. The Browns had hoped continuity and a second year under the same system would yield better results, but the Browns rank 32nd in total offense through seven weeks.

Crennel said he was "confident" and "comfortable" in handing the play-calling duties to Davidson, who was busy Tuesday with meetings in preparations for Sunday's game with the Jets. The Browns return to the practice field Wednesday.

"We have an opponent we have to get ready for this week," Crennel said. "He's busy, but he's ready to accept the challenge."

Davidson was promoted to the title of assistant head coach last January. Davidson, an Ohio native, coached the offensive line and tight ends for the Patriots while Crennel was on the New England staff from 2001-04. The Patriots won three Super Bowls in those four years.

Crennel said Davidson shared some of the Patriots' play-calling duties for a period of time in 2002 while then-Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis recovered from surgery.

The relationship between Crennel and Carthon dates back to 1985, when Carthon was a fullback for the Giants and Crennel was an assistant coach.

"Maurice and I, we've been together a long time," Crennel said. "We've seen a lot of things in this business. We just felt like it was best for him to move on."

Carthon previously served as offensive coordinator for the Lions (2002) and Cowboys (2003-04) before being hired by Crennel.