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Hot in Cleveland - well lukewarm, anyway

Posted on: August 24, 2010 11:33 am
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Last year at this time, the Browns were staring at a mess. Their quarterback choices were Derek Anderson or Brady Quinn. WR Braylon Edwards would soon be on his way out of town. RB Jamal Lewis was getting old.

New head coach Eric Mangini already was facing problems within the organization. And as Tony Grossi from the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes, “Mike Furrey was one of the surest tacklers in the secondary. Yes, Mike Furrey, the possession receiver.”

Life is different now in Berea, Ohio, though.

Jake Delhomme might only be a slight upgrade – if that – but at least the QB spot isn’t in question, though if the coaches wanted to make things interesting, they could throw in Seneca Wallace every now and again (I’m not sure what the deal is here, but Grossi also mentions third-round pick Colt McCoy needs to play well in the final two preseason games in order to make the roster). Rookies Joe Haden and T.J. Ward have performed well in the secondary during training camp, and RB Jerome Harrison rushed for 561 yards in the final three games of last season.

Of course there are still plenty of questions in Cleveland and there’s almost no chance they won’t finish last in the AFC North, but life just seems a little bit better for the Browns. At least compared to last year.

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Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2010 4:21 pm
 

Hot in Cleveland - well lukewarm, anyway

Amen, brutha!  Any organization, whether it's Wendy's, or the Dallas Cowboys, lives and dies by the people at the top.  To cripple an army, you take out their leaders, am I right? And is it just me, or does Jake Delhomme look "efficient" enough to be a No. 2 fantasy option? He's averaging over 10 yards a completion and has arguably more passing yards, TD's, and 1st downs than the 2009 Browns as a whole for Christ sake!  If not, it's very, very close...two weeks into the preseason!  They start against two cupcake teams for the regular season, so why not start Jake Delhomme, God love him? 



Since: Aug 12, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2010 12:33 pm
 

Hot in Cleveland - well lukewarm, anyway

The difference between this year and last is the stability.  When change is necessary it has to come from the top.  Mike Holmgren, Tom Heckert and Eric Mangini have done a great job affecting change by holding all members of the organization accountable.  I love the fact that T.J. Ward was fined 1,700 dollars for his cell phone going off in a meeting, prompting Haden to state "fines are no joke".  The statement by Haden showing more maturity and respect than Braylon Edwards brought to the table in his whole time attached to the organization. 

The organization is bringing back the workmanlike attitude that is necessary to play in the AFC North.  The division is made up of teams that work hard and have a blue collar, bring your lunch pail mentality.  As the talent builds through the adoption of this attitude you will see a more competitive Browns team that could contend in 2-3 years.



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