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Kellen Who? (or Steve Heiden's coming out)

Posted on: October 26, 2008 9:58 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2008 10:01 pm
 

It would be a stretch to say the Browns had an awesome game today in their 23 -17 win at Jacksonville, but a win is a win.  They actually had a nice 1st half offensively with two touchdowns, but only managed two field goals in the second half and the game wasn't over until Garrard's pass flew out of the back of the end zone as the game clock expired.  A nail biter to say the least. 

I have three observations about today's game before I discuss Steve Heiden / Kellen Winslow and the tight end position.

  • Today, their difficulty punching the ball in from the one yard line continued.  When Syndric Steptoe was run out of bounds at the one yard line after a 53 yard completion with the game tied well into the 4th quarter, I could hear the collective grown throughout the community.  Last week against Washington, the Browns had seven attempts to score from the one yard line, and managed one touchdown on the eighth attempt on a nail biting 4th down gamble.  Today, it was more of the same.  The Browns need to do something about it.  How about this for a wild idea?  A pocket quarterback like Derek Anderson isn't ideal from so close.  How about using Joshua Cribbs, their emergency QB in these situations?  Or maybe they just need a better full back to either block or run if Lawrence Vickers or Jason Wright aren't getting it done.  I'll be watching closly 3rd / 4th and short situations the rest of the year to see how the Browns adjust.
  • Shawn Rogers (NT) who came to the Browns from Detroit for a high draft pick in the off season had an awesome game.  In one critical sequence early in the 4th quarter he stuffed the run on a 3rd and 3 and then blocked the field goal on a 4th and 3 allowing the Browns to retain their slim 17-14 lead.  Shaun Rogers dominated all over the field today, and I'm not sure the Browns win without his efforts.
  • Derek Anderson continued to play Houdini and survive to start at least one more game.  His overall stats were an average 14 of 27 for 246 yards and he missed targets plenty.  However, he had three brilliant passes over 40 yards to Steve Heiden, Syndric Steptoe, and Braylon Edwards all setting up scores and all in critical situations.  The pass to Heiden caught the Jaguars by surprise on a 4th and 1!  

Now, on to Steve Heiden.  Steve Heiden only had three catches, but for a healthy 73 yards and with a huge 51 yard play on a 4th and one included.  Romeo Crennel, Chudzinski, and Derek Anderson showed tremendous confidence in him when they threw him the ball on 4th and 1.  He has soft hands as he catches everything thrown in his direction.  He also does the dirty work, by picking up the blitz or blocking for Lewis or whoever is coming out of the backfield.  Darnell Dinkins, back-up TE to Steve Heiden, also had a catch and blocked effectively today.  Rookie TE Mark Rucker drafted as the Browns first pick in the 2008 draft (4th pick) is learning on the side-line. 

Heiden's emergence with quality back-up in Dinkins is why the Browns organization was comfortable sitting Kellen Winslow for disciplinary reasons.  In the last three games the Browns are 2-0 with Heiden starting and 0-1 with Winslow starting.

Rumors were flying that the Browns tried to trade Winslow before the deadline last week, but offers were for less than the first round pick they desired.  Justified or not, it seems likely his motorcycle accident, complaining about his contract, and revealing against the team's wishes he was hospitalized for a staph infection will result in the Browns trading him at some point.  At least with Heiden, Dinkins, and hopefully Rucker in the wings, his absense won't be missed.

With four of the Browns next five games at home there is some reason for hope that the playoff dream is still alive.  If the Browns take it one game at a time and keep getting performances like they did today from Heiden, Rogers, and DA NFL football in Cleveland may still be interesting in December. 

 

Comments

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2008 7:04 am
 

Kellen Who? (or Steve Heiden's coming out)

Bigblu,

To me, playing football is almost like being a daredevil.  On any given play, you could tear an ACL or worse.  So, I can understand a certain amount of arrogance from Kellen as I think for some it goes with the territory.  However, I do feel he is wearing out his stay in Cleveland, at least with the management.




Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2008 7:01 am
 

Kellen Who? (or Steve Heiden's coming out)

 

 I always thought that we were more of a running team, especially since we get that white sh*t on the field in December


Rlicata,

I feel the Browns O-line does a better job pass blocking.  Unlike run blocking, pass blocking doesn't require a forward push.  For that reason, I think they tend to pass to loosen the defense and set up the run.  I am also concerned their with their struggles running the ball, especially on short yardage situations.  As exciting as the 4th and 1 completion to Steve Heiden was yesterday, I would have been thrilled with Vickers, Write, Jamal, or anyone up the middle for two yards and a first down.  It could be coaching.  Somehow our O-line coach has to teach these guys how to run block better.




Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2008 10:45 pm
 

Kellen Who? (or Steve Heiden's coming out)

I know everyone is all over Braylon as the drop king, but Kellen in the games that he has played has been no stranger to the dropped ball either. Heiden comes in and makes the big catch and keeps the offense running. I have watched Kellen drop several 3rd down balls this year only to put us in punting formation to early in the drive. i like the way Heiden protects the quaterback and we no longer only have to run over Thomas and Steinbach, I believe Jamal had more yards on the right side than the left side, which is direct result of Eric's stellar blocking. Im not saying I dont like Winslow, but Heiden reminds me more of a Jason Whitten. So what does Cleveland want? I always thought that we were more of a running team, especially since we get that white sh*t on the field in December and if we make it to the playoffs, you gotta be able to pound the rock.



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2008 6:57 am
 

Kellen Who? (or Steve Heiden's coming out)

Sircheeks,

DA played very well yesterday, and your right some of the 13 incompletions were drops or smart throw aways.  It's his Dr. Jeckle / Mr. Hyde act that is wearing thin and making it difficult to switch to Brady Quinn.  I and every other Cleveland Brown fan would just like to see him be more consistent.  I do think DA's lack of foot speed presents difficulties at the goal line.  He turns down opportunites to run the ball into the endzone because he doesn't think he is fast enough to make it in. 

I agree Vickers is a hard nosed back that seems to block well.  The goal line problem may be partly the result of an O-line adept at pass blocking but not run blocking. 

I hate to see K2 go too, but it is often a good idea to trade from strength to build depth at other positions and that is what I see happening.




Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2008 1:17 am
 

Kellen Who? (or Steve Heiden's coming out)

Sorry - I meant with the young and still learning Kevin Boss.



Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2008 1:16 am
 

Kellen Who? (or Steve Heiden's coming out)

Jelly -

I think Heiden's your man - he made some great catchers against the Giants. And I don't have to look far for an example for you - the Giants are 11-2 without the young and still learning Kevin Boss, and without the infinitely more talented Jeremy Shockey. Just means that good teams and good coaches will find a way. A bad apple is a bad apple.

Good win today.




Since: Jun 30, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2008 10:53 pm
 

Kellen Who? (or Steve Heiden's coming out)

Or maybe they just need a better full back to either block or run if Lawrence Vickers or aren't getting it done.
I sincerely believe Vickers is not part of the problem. His run blocking is superb - maybe the best in the AFC this year...

Jelly, why so hard on DA? He did a great job today - only missing less than a handful of throws. There were some ill-advised decisions and dropped passes today, but overall Anderson played a solid game.

Steve Heiden also played a fine game. I appreciate what he brings to the tight end position in terms of both pass catching and blocking. With the commitment to the run being what it is, Chudzinski's offense seems to be better suited for a tight end with Heiden's abilities. I've suggested Kellen may be best suited for a hybrid possession receiver/tight end role, and I hold on that idea.

I don't know whether Kellen is talking his way out of Cleveland, and I hope that is not the case. K2 is a phenominal talent, and I'd hate to see the Browns lose him.




Since: Aug 2, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2008 10:24 pm
 

Kellen Who? (or Steve Heiden's coming out)

Rumors were flying that the Browns tried to trade Winslow before the deadline last week, but offers were for less than the first round pick they desired.  Justified or not, it seems likely his motorcycle accident, complaining about his contract, and revealing against the team's wishes he was hospitalized for a staph infection will result in the Browns trading him at some point.  At least with Heiden, Dinkins, and hopefully Rucker in the wings, his absense won't be missed.


I can almost guarentee you that Winslow will not be on the Browns 2009 roster.


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