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How to fix the Cleveland Browns

Posted on: September 28, 2009 12:01 am

I am a proud Die-Hard Cleveland Browns fan (Season Ticket Holder
in the Dawg Pound) and I hate seeing the Browns turning into the Joke
of the N.F.L.   Here is my opinion on how to fix the Browns in 2009.

1.    I am not sold on Mangini, but I can't see firing him this season.
       We can't give up on him just yet.   Maybe we have to sacrifice
       not winning now so that we make a bigger improvement in 2010 & 2011.
2.    Since we are (0-3) I believe we should stick with QB Brady Quinn.
       I still believe that he will be better than Derek Anderson in the long run.
       Maybe we should try and trade Anderson now while we might still be able
       to get a 2nd or maybe even settle for a 3rd round pick.
       If Quinn doesn't make the necessary improvements by the end of the
       season, then maybe we should draft another quality QB in the 2010
       Draft.  By the way were going we will be assured of getting a top 5 draft
       pick.    Lets face it "We are in a rebuilding year".
       Maybe, just maybe Mangini's plan will need a year or two to work.
3.    The Browns need to fire their Offensive Coordinator.  
       Three other teams have done it, and we have had even worse results
       then they have, so why not.   In a recent interview he said that if 
       RB Jamal Lewis couldn't play due to injury that it would not change
       their Offensive play calling one bit.  Their running plays are the same, we just
       plug in a different back.   That's crazy.  Jamal Lewis is more of a inside the tackles
       runner, and Jerome Harrison is more of an outside runner, and James Davis is also
       a different runner than Lewis.  What an idiotic thing to say.
       Plus the Off. Co-ord. says things like, we hope to do this, and we hope to do that.
       What?   Plus his play calling in the red-zone also sucks.  As evidence in the Minn.
       game where he kept trying to run Cribbs up the middle inside the 3 yard line.
4.     I really do not believe that our Defensive is as bad as the statistics indicate.
       I also like our Defensive co-ordinator.   Our biggest problem as I see it is that
       the Offense is so bad (to many 3 plays and punt) that the defense wears out
       by the fourth quarter.  Plus, the defensive players have to be thinking "What the hell,
       the offense isn't going to do anything even if we stop the other team".  The
       defense is simply becoming worn out. 
5.     We are (0-3)  Maybe we win 3 games, or maybe we still can improve and some how
        win  6 or 7 games.  We need to keep working hard.   We need to make improvements
        Us fans should not abandon the Browns.   My fellow season ticket holders still need
        to keep going to the games and support the team. 
        Realistically, we are not making the playoffs this year, we might even end up in
        the basement of the NFL North.  But we can't give up.  The team needs to strive
        to still win as many games as we can,  and get a couple of great players in next
        year's draft and go from there.   We need to make sure however, that we
        DO NOT PICK 1st in the next NFL Draft.  We need to make sure that the Browns are
6.     Pray to god that our team improves this year.  Prayer never hurt anyone. 
        Maybe the good lord will bless the Browns and at least let us beat the Steelers and
        Bengals at least once this year so that the season isn't a total wash.


Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2009 11:54 am

How to fix the Cleveland Browns

1.  Was not sold on Mangini, but he is here now and you have to at least give him an opportunity to get things done his way. I didn't want Cowher or Shanahan, so let's see what he does once he gets his pieces in place. It may be the right move or the wrong move, but a move that at least deserves time.

2.  The reason you sit Quinn is because you're 0-3. He hasn't gotten on the field in all this time because he hasn't earned it. he hasn't shown improvement from last year to this year or game to game. The Ravens are by far the best team he has gone up against, but he was terrible against Buffalo, Houston, and Denver as well. At no point in any game this year can you honestly say Quinn was going to get it going. He is 6/41 in conversions, he can't even generate first down. Every pass is 5 yards or back to the line of scrimmage. Its not the line, Lewis had 5.2 ypc against Minnesota. He is indecisive and has no pocket presence or awareness, it appears the game is moving to fast for him. Anderson came in against a stacked deck and made throws Quinn dared came close to making. He threw a few picks, but he made mistakes giving effort.
3.  The play calling may be questionable, but the execution has been worse. Lewis has plenty left, but you can't run him every 1st down and again on 2nd if he gains +3 yards or more. You have to spread the ball around and force the opposition to have to defend the whole field.

4.  The defense has played dominating football in the first halves against Minnesota and Denver and at least well enough to win through 3 quarters. The inefficiency of the offense has taken its toll on the defense. You had to make a change, Quinn's play was killing the moral of your defense. He had the ball for 11 minutes in the 2st half, 0-4 in conversions, 6-41 on the season. The secondary needs changes. Ryan has done well with blitzing and disguising coverages, but what good does getting a sack and making it 3 and 18 and then you give up a 20 yard play? Francies needs to be the other starting corner, McDonald needs to be moved inside to the slot, and Wright needs to get up on the ball, its hard to defend anyone 7-10 yards off the ball and in back peddle at the snap. Make some contact! I would also like to see more of Hall.

5.  Browns could have easily won the first 2 games, they can get things turned around and compete. Miami is 0-3, the schedule favors them at home the 2nd half of the season when weather will be a factor. They could make a run, but it starts Sunday with Cincinnati. I don't care about next years draft, the time is here and now!

6.  I'm not ready to give up on the season, if anything making the change at QB has given me new hope for a strong finish.

Since: Sep 28, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2009 11:57 am

Strike Deadline November 16th

I am calling on all Cleveland Brown season ticket holders to Strike the November 16th game against the Ravens. It is time we let ownership know it is our team. And we are tired of this crap. No season ticket holder should attend the November 16th nationally televised game and no one should sell their tickets to the game. We need a general strike to show we aren't going to put up with this ineptitude. All Browns fans everywhere should also boycott the television broadcast of the game.

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