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Analyzing Cleveland's chances without Delhomme

Posted on: September 23, 2010 2:04 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit

No surprise that Jake Delhomme is likely out against the Ravens after missing practice for the second straight day with a high ankle sprain. The Browns will start mobile ex-Seahawk Seneca Wallace in Delhomme’s place.
J. Cribbs (US Presswire)
This only steepens what was already an uphill climb for the Browns this Sunday. Their sharp offensive line – led by perhaps the best left side trio in football in tackle Joe Thomas, guard Eric Steinbach and center Alex Mack – is capable of handling Baltimore’s blitz packages. But a lack of speed at outside receiver, and Wallace’s wildly inconsistent accuracy, could prove even more problematic than usual. The best way to attack the Ravens is to go after their shorthanded secondary, especially given that, in all likelihood, Cleveland won’t generate big yardage against this D on the ground. But if the receivers aren't fast, Baltimore's corners have a chance to be physical, which plays to their strength (both literally and figuratively).

But Cleveland fans shouldn’t rule out all hope (assuming, of course, that poor sports town still knows how to hope). The Browns have a complex defensive front seven scheme, and their revamped secondary has been solid through two games (particularly cornerback Sheldon Brown). Joe Flacco struggled mightily against the Bengals in Week 2 (four interceptions). In Week 1, the Ravens managed just 10 points against a Rex Ryan-led Jets defense that, schematically, is similar to the Rob Ryan-led Browns defense.

Assuming the über-talented Ravens offense doesn’t get on track this week (granted, that’s not a small assumption), this could be a case of “first team to 10 wins”. That means return genius Joshua Cribbs is once again a critical X-factor.

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Analyzing Cleveland's chances without Delhomme

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Posted on: September 24, 2010 6:28 pm
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Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: September 24, 2010 6:43 am

Analyzing Cleveland's chances without Delhomme

Whoa there.  Let's think about a few things. 

Jake Delhomme isn't Jim Plunkett, the former Heisman Trophy winner (who kept his trophy) and misunderstood Patriot reincarnated in Oakland.  He's the guy that was mercifully replaced by the guy who was mercifully replaced by the next Joe Montana. (I have to take a break here while I recover from a bout of hysterical laughter)

The Browns defense is being compared to the Bengals and Jets defense.  Let's stop right there.  Time to come off the 60's acid trip.  The only thing a complex defenseive scheme can do to that perinial superbowl contending Browns team (another bout of ...never mind) is create a mass confusion to these 11 all world players.  The Jets and Bengals were play off teams in 2009 and the Browns have been and will be for the forseeable future mot a play off team.  The Ravens on the other hand were a play off team in 2009 and are playing their first home game of the season. 

I do think Josh Cribbs will be getting a lot of opportunity to make an impact though.  Cleveland is in the record books for allowing Jamal Lewis to achive the record for a single game rushing record of 295 yards. The three headed moster of Ray Rice, Willis McGahee and Le'Ron McLain could combine for close to 300 yards.  The Cleveland Browns should be compared to an anti-biotic.  They are the medicine that Joe Flacco needs to have a break out game throwing the ball to the likes of Rice, Todd Heap. Anquan Boulden, Derek Mason and T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

As far as the Ravens defense being overpowered by the Browns young offensive line you can forget it.  The Bengals who have more fire power than 90% of the NFL including the Browns couldn't do it at Paul Brown Stadium.  The Browns, named after Paul Brown who got out of Cleveland just like Art Modell, are not the Bengals.  The Browns are just the Browns.  Nothing more possibly less. 

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: September 24, 2010 6:25 am

Analyzing Cleveland's chances without Delhomme

I've been a die-hard Browns fan for every one of my 32 years.  That said, hurt running back(Harrison), hurt wide receiver(Robiskie), and hurt starting QB(Delhomme), as well as 0-2 against two teams the Browns are capable of beating, to now facing one of the top 10 teams in football in their seasons home opener.

Benoit, if you followed Cleveland at all, you know this is exactly the type of game the Browns go out and win.

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Posted on: September 24, 2010 5:53 am
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Since: Jun 12, 2007
Posted on: September 24, 2010 12:49 am

Analyzing Cleveland's chances without Delhomme

I think he meant poor as in poor luck.  With all the crap that happens too us it's a sour deal.  I don't see anything wrong with that comment.  Everything you said is true but you can't say the mentality here isn't expecting to lose.

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2010 9:40 pm

Analyzing Cleveland's chances without Delhomme

Honestly, I don't think there is any way short of a sudden die-off of players on the Ravens' roster that could allow the Browns to win this game. The Browns are a rebuilding team, while, despite a tough loss to the Bengals this last week, the Ravens are still a team that is a prime contender for the Lombardi Trophy this season. And people will point out Joe Flacco's struggles as a reason why the Browns should maintain hope, but it's one thing to struggle against two of the cornerback tandems in the league, and another to translate that as a mark that he will underperform against the Browns.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2010 9:40 pm

Analyzing Cleveland's chances without Delhomme

I have visited Cleveland, and it did seem like a nice city. That said, I am pretty sure that when Andy used the word "poor", he did not mean it in the monetary sense, but rather in the sense of having faced one heartbreak after another. Art Modell, Lebron James, etc. etc.

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2010 9:33 pm

Analyzing Cleveland's chances without Delhomme

I got an offense for the Browns...two qb system. Josh Cribbs, and Seneca Wallace in the backfield at all times. Both can run the ball, both can catch the ball, and both certainly can throw. That would get both guys in open field situations more often. The confusion this would cause on the defense would give receivers more chance to get seperation. They could use it much like an option offense with Peyton Hillis, or Jerome Harrison. Personally I think the far more athletic qb Seneca Wallace will give the Browns a better chance to win games. By the way how is Hillis not getting more carries? He's averaging 4.5 yards per carry on 17 carries and 2 tds, he also caught 7 passes for 50 yards. He's never averaged under 4.2 yards per carry in his career including his rookie season with 68 carries in which he averaged 5.0 yards per carry. Sounds like a guy who will continue to produce solid numbers so why not get the ball to him more?

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