Browns' Crennel tells Winslow who's calling the shots

Updated: September 20, 2006, 6:55 PM ET
Associated Press

Kellen Winslow walked into the locker room, snaked through some TV cameras and kicked off his sneakers. Snatching a pair of headphones from a shelf, he left moments later listening to loud music.

Tight End
Cleveland Browns

Rec Yds TD Avg Long YAC
12 105 1 8.8 18 56

No interviews, thank you. Winslow was quiet on Wednesday, a welcomed calm for the struggling Browns.

At least Cleveland Browns coach Romeo Crennel fixed one thing.

Crennel said he met with Winslow, who told him "he thought he made a mistake" for going to the media on Monday to publicly criticize Cleveland's coaches for not playing him during key third-down situations and for being too conservative.

"Some of the coaches might be holding us back a little bit," the tempestuous tight end said. "... We're losing, and I'm not on the field. I just don't get it."

Not surprisingly, the critique didn't sit well with Crennel.

"I'm the head coach and I'm the guy who calls the shots," Crennel said. "If he has displeasure with the shots that are being called, he should address them to me first. I'm calling the shots."

There's no doubt Crennel made it clear during his meeting with Winslow who is the boss. And for now, it appears the former first-round pick who has played just four games in three years because of leg injuries, has gotten the message.

During his brief stay in the locker room, Winslow was asked if everything was cool between him and Crennel.

"I'm not talking," he said. "Thanks, though."

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