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Week 10: The Drive...Part II

Posted on: November 7, 2008 12:28 am
Edited on: November 7, 2008 1:41 am
 

Why does this have to happen to us? Why?

Seriously. Somebody please tell me why Cleveland is so cursed?

I feel sick. I feel frustrated. I feel upset. There are so many jumbled up emotions running through me as a die-hard Browns fan that I don't know where to start. Let's see if we can sort this whole thing out while I take a minute to calm my nerves...

The Good
  • Brady Quinn: Brady Quinn was as good as advertised. If there is one thing to take away from this crushing defeat, it is the play of our young quarterback. Quinn showed accuracy and great decision making tonight. He showed fantastic poise in the pocket and played within himself to his strengths. Considering Quinn will only get better of time, you have to be pleased with what you saw out of him. While doing some pre-game research, I stumbled upon this quote from Charlie Weis, "Quinn's pinpoint accuracy will make up for any questions of arm strength." In one regard, Charlie was dead on. Quinn was able to sustain drives by using his sure-handed tight ends across the middle of the field.
  • Jerome Harrison: For weeks Browns fans have been scratching their heads as to why Harrison is utilized more in the offensive gameplan. Today we saw why. Harrison finished the game with 5 carries for 48 yards. Yes, that's not a typo: Fourty-eight yards on five carries. Wow. I feel confident the Browns will be able to function effectively in the case of injury to Jamal Lewis. Maybe even better than normal...
  • Josh Cribbs: M3talhead mentioned Josh Cribbs is the most valuable asset on this roster, and it's hard to argue with him. Cribbs did an admirable job in the return game, performed well in kick coverage, and provided huge gains on the ground offensively. Whenever the Browns needed a big play, Josh Cribbs was there. Without a doubt Captain Cribbs is this team's first half MVP.
The Bad
  • The Secondary/Pass Defense: I should have seen this coming a mile away. The Browns defensive backs have looked good at times, but they never were able to put together a complete effort. Antwaan Randle-El tourched us. T.O. tourched us. Santonio Holmes torched us. Matt Jones torched us. At this point in the season, our burnt up secondary is darker than Shaun Rogers at a family reunion.
  • Braylon Edwards: This one is relative. Braylon was poised to have a big game against a banged-up Denver pass defense. He committed a false start penality - something inexcusable for a wide receiver in the NFL. In the season-deciding game, Braylon converted 7 looks into 1 catch for 15 yards. Pathetic.
The Ugly
  • The Drive...Part II: The Cleveland Browns scored a touchdown to go up 27 to 30 with 4:57 left to play. Before Dawson kicked it off, I sent this text message to my good friend Chris:
"OMG the drive is going to repeat itself...Turn off the TV!"

How painful was that to watch? I mean, I can't even imagine how those poor souls at the stadium must have felt watching John Elway Jay Cutler systematically march down the field knowing the inevitable was going to happen. I'm going to conduct a poll, because I'd be willing to bet 80% of Browns fans knew exactly what was coming.

That's not right. It's not right at all.



During my week 10 preview, I asked Brady Quinn for a little bit of magic:

Brady Quinn,

Do your best and help this team win the game. Do it...

...for the seasoned fans, who vividly remember the heartbreak of years past.

...for the young fans, who only see the Browns for failure and misery.

...for the doubters, who believe there is no hope for the future.

...for the cynics, who have no reason left to believe.

...for your family, who has raised you to become the man you are today.

...for the your team, who needs to win in order to stay alive.

But most importantly Brady, do it for the city of Cleveland. We will show up on Thursday in droves to support you and the team, so make this Thursday night game a memory we will not forget.

Well...at least he got part of it right: This is a game memory that I will never forget.
Comments

Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2008 4:14 pm
 

Week 10: The Drive...Part II

Another good article from The Laureate of The Land,

Quinn looked really good to me. It was obvious that they wanted to keep his passing targets in a workable range for his first game, which is understandable. But Quinn showed toughness by standing his ground and taking some pretty hard shots, and was still able to get the ball off for some key completions. What I saw of him impressed me. I don't want to spit on Derek Anderson's grave so to speak - especially knowing how much of a fan you are, cheeks - but Quinn already looks more comfortable in the pocket and showed less of a tendency to panic when it started to collapse. At least for this forst game.

Wnslow had a great game too, but he's got to catch those big passes in crunch time. That 4th down pass that went right through his hands was inexcusable.

Thanks for the read, sircheeks!




Since: Apr 3, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2008 2:05 pm
 

Week 10: The Drive...Part II

Kellen Winslow II.

He is the guy that will play hard and loyal, make plays...and then stab you in the back (unintentionally).

All I could do was shake my head and pity Browns fans everywhere.

Brady Quinn didn't blow me away, but he didn't make mistakes.  That should be encouraging.  He also didn't seem to throw the ball more than 5 yards.




Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2008 1:09 am
 

Week 10: The Drive...Part II

Cleveland does seem to be cursed by Denver.  Jay Cutler played a magnificent game and showed what kind of leader he is to that team.  Still Cleveland should take hope in the way that they played.  Kelen Winslow had 2 great touchdowns and is showing signs of being the great receiver his father was.  Brady Quinn had a good game as well.  All teams should take notice and learn on how a rookie quarterback should be groomed for sucess.  Even though this game was a loss I'm sure Mr. Quin will have many wins in the future.  He looks very polished and minimized his mistakes.  I didn't think that Derek Anderson should have been benched for this game.  His receivers have dropped way to many balls, Brayleen Edwards, and have made him the scapegoat for their mistakes.  Edwards is really out of sorts, if you tossed him a soda he'd probably spill it at this point.  In addition to rediscovering Winslow  and welcoming Quin Cleveland showed a strong defensive line presence.  Unfortunately the secondary is not nearly as tough or impressive and allowed the Denver receivers to manhandle them at every turn.  Its hard to believe that Cleveland can be at such opposite ends of the spectrum in one defense.  Shaun Rodgers is just an unstopable force in the middle of a good defensive line and yet the secondary can't seem to cover or tackle opposing offenses. 

The drive at the end was one of shear determination on Jay Cutler's part.  It will solidify his position in the shadow of John Elway as the quarterback and leader of the Broncos.  It seemed like deja vou again, like the teams were swept back to the AFC title games and the outcome was guarenteed once they started to drive.  Sorry Cleveland, you didn't deserve that memory to be brought back after the hard fought game you had played for 3 quarters.  Especially by this team that has broken your heart on many occasions.  Hopefully the coming out party of your new quarterback will fade from memory as he leads this team to more wins in the future.




Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: November 7, 2008 2:42 pm
 

Week 10: The Drive...Part II

Cheeks,

That was brutal, my heart goes out to you Browns fans. I didn't think we had a chance in hell of winning that game. I told you the only way we win that game was if our offense blows up and it did just that. Brady looked pretty good though but you have to consider he was facing 2nd and 3rd stringers. I think he we be just fine and I think he gives you the best chance to win. When I get some more time i'll post my thoughts on my blog i'm sure you will check it out. Tough loss.



Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2008 11:51 am
 

Week 10: The Drive...Part II

Wow... Saw your blog linked on the Sportline homepage.  Next, now that Romeo has fixed the offense with the QB change (which I think he has, the offense looked great with Quinn under center), he will now take over defensive play calling for the remainder of the season.  Last nights game was the same game as last Sunday and except for one play, the same game as the Monday nighter vs the Giants.  If Wright does not intercept that ball and run it back for the TD, the Giants come back and win that game and we are 2-7.  How many interceptions did we drop last night.  That's all these game boil down to is one maybe 2 plays.  Last year we made them, this year we are not.  Stop that run on 4th and 1 and the game is over.  Make that interception.  Don't fumble that ball, catch the ball, and don't run over poor defenseless defensive backs...Any one will do...



Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: November 7, 2008 11:48 am
 

Week 10: The Drive...Part II

Also, regarding the corners, it doesn't help that we have NO pass rush. We knew Denver was going to pass on almost every play and still couldn't get pressure.



Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: November 7, 2008 11:43 am
 

Week 10: The Drive...Part II

Good stuff Cheeks. I completely agree with you about Harrison. I have my doubts about him being an every down back, but he should be a bigger part of the offense as a "third down" back. I think he can excel in this role. They just need to use him more consistently.

Regarding the secondary, I still love our young corners. Those guys seem tough as nails. They continue to be left on an island but keep fighting. Seems to me our safeties are failing to provide adequate help when the corners are expecting it. Few NFL corners are left alone to cover WR's deep on a consistent basis as it appears our guys are. I know on at least one of the deep plays yesterday McDonald was obviously expecting help deep and did not get it making him look like the problem.




Since: Aug 28, 2007
Posted on: November 7, 2008 8:22 am
 

Week 10: The Drive...Part II

Good points on Quinn, Harrison, Cribbs. But don't compare this game to The Drive. This years' team is playing the string out and has no realistic playoff aspirations. That team [The Drive] was playing for a Super Bowl. This years Browns team finds different ways to lose weekly....I was watching just waiting for the wheels to come off.


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