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Browns Fire Offensive Coordinator Maurice Carthon

The Browns have fired offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon, joining the Arizona Cardinals and Baltimore Ravens so far this season.

The one-win Cleveland Browns, among the worst offenses in the NFL the last two seasons, fired offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon on Monday night.

Browns owner Randy Lerner, general manager Phil Savage and former Brown great and team consultant Jim Brown spoke with head coach Romeo Crennel during Cleveland’s bye week about replacing Carthon, a source told ESPN Insider’s Jeremy Green. Crennel was opposed to a change and stuck with Carthon for Sunday’s home game against Denver. But after another dismal offensive performance and speculation that Crennel might indeed lose his job after the season if he did not acquiesce with the front office, the decision was made to dismiss Carthon.

Assistant head coach/offensive line coach Jeff Davidson will take over play-calling duties for now, with an assist from Crennel, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports. Davidson is a former Patriots offensive assistant whom Crennel took with him to Cleveland.

The Browns will have no official comment until Tuesday.

Carthon was in his second season as the Browns’ offensive coordinator. He came to Cleveland after serving in the same capacity under Bill Parcells in Dallas for the 2003 and 2004 seasons. Under Carthon’s direction, the Browns’ offense has scored 88 points (fifth worst in the league) in six games and averaged an NFL-worst 245.2 yards a game. Cleveland finished last season last in points scored (14.5 per game) and 26th in overall yards.

The problem is that a season and a half is seldom enough time to turn around a team’s offense, especially if the team is as bad as the Browns. I have no idea whether Carthon was good at his job and didn’t even when he was with the Cowboys and I was watching every game; my guess is that the Browns management doesn’t either.

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