Tag:Jake Delhomme
Posted on: September 12, 2010 10:28 am

Hot Routes 09.12.10: Gameday No. 1

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- According to ESPN.com's Adam Schefter, Tim Tebow has won the No. 2 QB spot in Denver behind Kyle Orton. He also will have a package of plays to run today in Jacksonville.

-The Akron Beacon Journal came up with 20 questions about the Browns this year. The most important one in my eyes: How well will QB Jake Delhomme fit in with the offense?

- It’s unclear if Kansas City rookie Dexter McCluster will play in Monday’s season opener against San Diego. He practiced in front of the media Saturday, but the team listed him as doubtful with an unspecified illness.

- Each of the Raiders top-three picks (LB Rolando McClain, DE Lamarr Houston, and C Jared Veldheer) of the 2010 NFL Draft will start today against the Titans.

- A nice column by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Bryan Burwell on Rams starting QB Sam Bradford. Burwell writes that Bradford is ready for the job.

-Steelers WR Hines Ward isn’t done talking about QB Ben Roethlisberger quite yet. Ward, who has been a critic of Roethlisberger in the past but has publicly lent support during Roethlisberger’s latest off-field troubles, said his teammates are the ones suffering through the QB’s four-game suspension.

- The Texans will have a chance to improve upon their 1-15 alltime record against the Colts when they play host to Indianapolis today. “We’re tired of losing ,” SS Bernard Pollard said. “It’s to the point now where it has to hurt.”

- Jaguars WR Jarett Dillard’s season is over before it began. Jacksonville placed him on the IR list Saturday. He missed most of training camp with a foot injury.

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Posted on: September 1, 2010 10:22 pm

McCoy, as expected, will make CLE squad

C. McCoy will get plenty of playing time in Cleveland's final preseason game of the year (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Remember how we talked last week about how it was unfathomable that Browns rookie QB Colt McCoy was actually in danger of being whacked from Cleveland’s roster? He is, after all, a third-round pick, and from the looks of things, the Browns quarterback of the future.

Well, the Cleveland Plain Dealer now has made it clear that the team has assured McCoy that he will make the squad, and to celebrate, he’ll get plenty of playing time against the Bears on Thursday night.

Still, it would behoove McCoy – who is 15 of 26 for 101 yards with no TDs, two INTs and an extremely unimpressive quarterback rating of 34.3 so far in the preseason – to show some skills.

“I’m excited to play," McCoy told the newspaper. "I’m really looking forward to it. To be able to know you’re going to go into a game and play a good bit of time, it’s going to be fun. When you’re on the field awhile, you can kind of get in synch, get in the flow. At least I hope to."

For the time being, McCoy is nothing but a third quarterback for Cleveland, behind the surprisingly solid Jake Delhomme and backup Seneca Wallace. All McCoy cares about for now is improvement.

“That’s the mentality I have every day before I go to practice," McCoy said. "I make sure I’m working on something that’s going to make me better today than I was yesterday. Obviously I’ve got really high expectations for myself, so do a lot of people on this team, my coaches and probably outside of here. I’d like to go out there and play the best I can and get something going offensively that we can put on tape and be proud of."

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Posted on: August 30, 2010 5:46 pm
Edited on: August 30, 2010 6:09 pm

NFL currently reviewing Suh - Delhomme play

Posted by Will Brinson

As you may recall from Sunday, Ndamukong Suh nearly wrecked Jake Delhomme's season a little early with what was quite a nasty, um, tackle (for lack of a better word) .

Unsurprisingly, the topic came up during Monday's media availability with the Browns -- coach Eric Mangini acknowledged that the Browns would have the league look at the incident if for some reason they weren't already checking it out.

“Yes," Mangini said. "I’ve got to imagine whether we will, but whether we did or not, I’m sure they’ll look at it closely. When I met the kid, he’s a good kid, so I don’t think he’s a malicious guy. From what I know about him, it was just a poor decision.”

Fortunately, Mangini doesn't have to worry: NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed to CBSSports.com that the play is "already under review." (Even before hearing from Aiello, I would have bet my not-yet-first-born that the guys in the officiating compound were checking that one out a few times, but very good to hear that they are -- it was a dangerous play.)

Mangini also insinuated that he would have preferred that Suh be tossed from the game following the play.

"It put the quarterback at risk, but I’m not the official," Mangini said. "You know you don’t want to see that at any point. As I said, my experience with him in the draft process is that he’s a good kid and it was just not a great decision."

It's hard to fathom how the officials didn't see the play in real time and immediately think that it was a play -- especially in the preseason -- deserving of more than just a 15-yard facemask penalty.

But that's probably because they were too busy figuring out how Delhomme was able to fist-pump in celebration of the penalty when he should have more closely resembled that the dude from "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," only sans pumpkin. Little did they know, that's the "most Jake Delhomme thing" ever.

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Posted on: August 29, 2010 4:36 pm

Suh treated Delhomme like a rag doll

Posted by Will Brinson

I first stumbled on this story after my friend Michael David Smith wrote about the play in question (which is technically called a "sack") over at FanHouse and then eventually found my way to some video of said play.

Here's the skinny: Jake Delhomme, while quarterbacking for the Cleveland Browns, drops back in the pocket, as signal callers often do. Ndamukong Suh, the Lions' rookie defensive lineman, broke through his block.

Suh caught up to Delhomme from behind and then got a hold of the former Panther -- by the facemask no less -- and proceeded to sling him to the ground. Then he grabbed him AGAIN and flipped him around like a rag doll.

As MDS notes, the refs gave Suh a 15-yard facemask penalty and (somehow!) Lions fans were upset and began to boo.

Doing my best Old Spice Guy impersonation, look at the play, come back here, look at the play again . Or something -- the point is, watch what Suh does a few times and tell me he shouldn't be fined or suspended ... or both.

All he got was a flag last night, but you can all but bet he gets a call from the NFL at some point this week.

Posted on: August 24, 2010 11:33 am

Hot in Cleveland - well lukewarm, anyway

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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Posted on: August 15, 2010 7:10 pm

Colt McCoy's MRI good, shows sprained right thumb

Posted by Will Brinson

Browns rookie quarterback Colt McCoy injured his hand after jamming it into offensive lineman Casey Bender's helmet during the Brown's first preseason game. (Yes, we too wonder why McCoy would think "someone else's helmet" is a good place to put his thumb.)

But Browns fans can breathe a sigh of relief -- not only did Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace look quite good in their preseason action , but McCoy should be fine.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer , the MRI on McCoy's hand was negative, and he's been diagnosed with a sprained right thumb.

Hopefully (for Cleveland fans) McCoy won't be necessary during 2010, and Delhomme will power the Browns to their obviously destined role as offensive juggernaut and AFC North Champions.

Or something less optimistic would work too -- the real issue is that if McCoy is playing, it's because of a couple nasty injuries or really bad games from Delhomme and Wallace.

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Posted on: August 14, 2010 8:44 pm

Jake Delhomme looks quite sharp for Browns early

Posted by Will Brinson

Jake Delhomme's been a running joke for interception funny-makers ever since his playoff meltdown against the Cardinals in 2008. The level of attention his failures received only increased when he joined the Cleveland Browns, an organization not exactly associated with success.

Throw the "Come on, it's the preseason!" flags at me all you want, but he looked really sharp on the Browns' first possession against the Packers Saturday night, going 6/7 for 66 yards as the Browns marched down the field before Jerome Harrison punched the ball in for Cleveland's first touchdown of 2010.

Delhomme's only incompletion was a pass intended for Brian Robiskie -- and it was only incomplete because Nick Collins made a very nice play on it. Otherwise, Delhomme spread the ball around, hitting Evan Moore and Mohamed Massaquoi twice each.

He worked once out of the gun and once out of an empty-back set (on fourth down no less) and generally looked as comfortable as he did during his heyday with the Panthers.

That's not to say that Carolina should immediately regret their decision, but based on (very) early returns, it seems like Cleveland won't regret theirs. At the very least, he's an upgrade over the Derek Anderson - Brady Quinn debacle that was 2009.

Posted on: August 13, 2010 10:17 am

Hot Routes 8.13.10: Of Preseason & Port-a-Potties

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  • Dan Connolly, who filled in -- and will fill in if necessary -- for the still-holding-out Logan Mankins last night, "held his own" according to Ian Rappaport of the Boston Herald . We haven't watched the game yet, because we're too busy swooning over Jimmy Clausen, but this is right in line with what we told Lauren Shehadi about the possibility of the Pats' doing a little "plug-n-play" on the offensive line.
  • Speaking of Clausen, Pat Yasinskas (former Panthers beat writer; now with the NFC South blog at ESPN) thinks that the rook QB "landed some jabs, but nothing close to a knockout punch" in his attempt to go after Matt Moore's job. I've got to agree -- the kid looked really sharp at times, but anyone freaking out over the first preseason game needs to settle down. It's going to take a nightmarish, Jake Delhomme-like start from Moore to force Clausen into a starting role.
  • Optimism reigns supreme at the Baltimore Sun 's Ravens Insider, where everyone seems thrilled at the offense's potent potability (or something). Ken Murray seems the most realistic of the group, though, making sure to point out that against the Panthers, the Ravens ridiculously depleted secondary didn't exactly have a big challenge. Not saying the 2010 AFC North Champions (they lose to the Jets in the AFC Championship, duh) are overrated, but just saying.
  • Jermichael Finley, who Andy is quite high on (more on that with an NFC North podcast coming this afternoon), uses boxing to become a better football player because it helps improve his hand and eye coordination. Until coach Mike McCarthy pointed out that hurting his hands and wrists isn't the best way to get paid as a tight end in the NFL. Smart call.
  • Lovie Smith says the Bears' starters could end up playing a full half against the Chargers. For those of you who (like me) are Dan LeFevour fans, won't you join me: "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" /shakes fist angrily to sky
  • Jerry McDonald of Inside Bay Area writes that the D-line "stole the show" for the Raiders last night. And here I was thinking Kyle Boller would get all the attention this morning. McDonald actually makes a good point about Boller too -- the 'Boys dropped an easy red zone interception, and we're not singing his praises this morning if they make the pick happen.

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