The reshaping of the Cleveland Browns' coaching staff has begun. Four assistants will not be back next season, the team announced Friday.
While the team has yet to publicly address head coach Romeo Crennel's status for next season, the shakeup is just the latest indication that he will be retained, which is the private stance Cleveland officials have maintained over the past month. Implicit in that stance, though, was that Crennel would have to make staffing changes.
The assistants departing the Browns are receivers coach Terry Robiskie, tight ends coach Ben Coates, strength and conditioning coach John Lott and offensive quality control coach Carl Crennel II. The most notable of those assistants is Robiskie, a longtime NFL assistant who served as the Washington Redskins' interim head coach for three games late in the 2000 season.
Regarded as one of the league's top receivers coaches, Robiskie was a holdover from the staff of former coach Butch Davis. The other three assistants came to the Browns in 2005, Crennel's first season as head coach. Carl Crennel II is the nephew of the Cleveland head coach.
"I would like to thank these four coaches for their service to the Browns since my arrival here two years ago, especially Terry Robiskie," Crennel said. "These decisions were made with the best interest of the franchise in mind."
Top team officials have huddle for much of this week to discuss a disappointing 4-12 campaign in 2006, and the direction of the franchise for the future. Those discussions are expected to continue into next week and there could be more alteration to Crennel's staff.
The Browns have received permission to interview Miami Dolphins quarterbacks coach Jason Garrett, presumably for the offensive coordinator post. Assistant head coach Jeff Davidson assumed that job on an interim basis when controversial coordinator Maurice Carthon was fired at mid-season. It is believed that Davidson formally interviewed Friday for the coordinator position.
Ownership in Cleveland considers the coordinator post a critical one, particularly with the young talent on hand to be developed, and will conduct a thorough search for the right man to fill the job.
Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.