Berea excavators dig through layers of concrete to find artifact from Romeo Crennel era


BEREA, Ohio — There is much rich history in Cleveland, and Berea, home of the Cleveland Browns headquarters, is no exception. The Browns recently hired excavators to try and uncover some of the details from their complicated history. Their hope was to uncover some secrets from past regimes, up to four or five head coaches ago.

“This is a really exciting opportunity to uncover some of the history from many head coaches ago,” said a Browns official. “We look forward to seeing what the game was like back then.”  

After digging through concrete of the Eric Mangini, Pat Shurmur, Rob Chudzinski and Mike Pettine eras, the excavators finally came across a playbook from the Romeo Crennel ages.  

The Browns plan to put the old relic on display at FirstEnergy Stadium this year. They were surprised to find almost all special teams plays and a note that said to never win challenges, and for fans old enough to remember that many head coaches ago, it should be provide quite the trip down memory lane.