For most head coaches in trouble, the clear sign of problems is when the general manager or owner offers a vote of confidence. In Cleveland, Romeo Crennel's problems can always be measured by how many Bill Cowher rumors are floating around.
It's a bad week, so there's another Cowher rumor. Pro Football Talk is reporting that a source told PFT that the Browns have already approached Cowher about the job (sorry Romeo, your firing will come later) and will offer the former Steelers head coach $8 or $9 million for the job.
Hiring Cowher would likely also mean that general manager Phil "Go Root For Buffalo" Savage would either be dumped or demoted to head toilet washer, since Cowher wouldn't come to Cleveland without the power to build his own roster.
Of course, this isn't the first time Cowher, a former Browns player and assistant coach, has been linked to Cleveland. We saw rumors of this earlier this month, in September, and last September. In fact, as long as Cowher isn't head coaching somewhere else and the Browns are still without a Lombardi trophy, we'll hear the rumors. That doesn't mean that there isn't some truth this time (unlike the last several times), but it does mean it's impossible to know what to believe.