A winning streak. 3 games in a row!
Jerome Harrison's running. I constantly hear insane remarks from Cleveland fans. "Don't let the coach win, if he does it means we can't fire him." "How could you bench Harrison?"
First, Harrison was injured for most of this year. He had a large knee brace to anyone paying attention. He is just now getting healthy. Aside from that, there is more being an NFL running back that just running the ball. You HAVE to know how to do it all in this league. If you don't want to learn it you don't play. Put in the extra time.
Matt Roth. Who is this guy? Where did he come from? Can we keep him?
Here is another point people slam Mangini on. Why isn't Venuke starting? We drafted him high, therefore he starts. Draft status gets you your first contract, after you step on the field it doesn't mean squat.
NOBODY SHOULD BE GIVEN A STARTING SPOT OR PLAYING TIME! You earn it. In his case he hasn't yet. Its way too early to call him a bust he is just a rookie.
Aggressive play calling. We have had it all season. It was one thing I couldn't stomach from Crenell, rush 3 all game and wonder why they stomp you. We blitzed all game. We went for a fake punt as a dagger to the heart. It didn't work, but I'll take the aggressiveness. That is how you beat a team like the Steelers.
Passing yardage. The pass was effective. DA was 1 completion from 50%. He hit Mass on a TD during a two minute drill. No INT's. We really didn't need a good passing game to end this one. I still would prefer to see more passing yards than rushing yards.
The first part of the season. Where was this? Answer- it takes time to get guys into a system. It takes time for players to learn what they are doing with a coach. It takes time for locker room leaders to develop. It takes time for a team to buy into it. They are playing less than stellar opponents but they are light years ahead of where they were at the start of the year.
I don't even think SA can call for a firing at this point.