So, yeah, "rumors swirling" is an understatement. So much so, in fact, that there is already discussion of where Romeo might work next year. Ridiculous, I know.
Crennel, likely to be fired as the Browns' coach, is a proven defensive coordinator who goes way back with Eric Mangini. They coached together with the Jets (1997-1999) and the Patriots (2001-2004), where they won three Super Bowls on Bill Belichick's staff.Or perhaps not ridiculous. This is, after all, a legitimate article in a legitimate newspaper and frankly, the rumor (which is total speculation) makes a ton of sense for everyone involved. We almost certainly know that the Browns will dump Romeo and we can most certainly assume he would rather have a job next year than not have a job.
The Jets are ranked 19th in total defense under Bob Sutton, but they've been leaking oil the last three weeks. The last three quarterbacks they've opposed, Matt Cassel, Kerry Collins and Jay Cutler, have passed for a combined 1,000 yards.
And if Mangini can convince his bosses that Romeo's defense can take the jets to the next level, well, there's a pretty decent chance that this could actually happen. And let's not forget -- failing in Cleveland hasn't, at least to this point in history, created any sort of permanent taint on a coach's career.