Osceola's Carthon Out as Browns' Offensive Coordinator

OCTOBER 24, 2006 - Posted at 11:56 a.m. CDT

BEREA, OHIO - Maurice Carthon is out, stepping down today as offensive coordinator of the NFL's Cleveland Browns.

Cleveland's offense, the worst in the NFL, managed just one touchdown and seven points in a 17-7 loss to Denver on Sunday.

Carthon was in his second year of running Cleveland's offense, but his head-scratching play calls and personnel moves angered fans and puzzled players.

The team has scheduled an afternoon news conference with Coach Romeo Crennel to discuss Carthon's departure.

It's unclear if Carthon quit on his own, or was forced out.

Crennel hired him last year, and had been reluctant to remove his friend.

Carthon is an Osceola native who played collegiately at Arkansas State in the early 1980s before joining the United States Football League's New Jersey Generals.  He later played for the NFL's New York Giants, where he earned two Super Bowl Rings as the team's starting fullback.  Carthon has also coached at New York and New England.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)