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Swan Song – So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye

Swan Song – So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye

It brings me much sadness to write, but this is my final post for intentional hounding.com.  In founding the site nearly eight years ago (New Year’s Eve of 2011), a lot has happened to me personally – as well as for the Cleveland Browns.

I went from engaged, to married (to the best wife a guy could ask for – Linsey), to having two beautiful children (Caleb and Isabelle) and an awesome dog (Briar).

I interviewed for a position with the Cleveland Browns in 2013 (seeing then coach Rob Chudzinski eating in the cafeteria during my tour).  P.S. I did not get the job.

I moved from Chicago to Chagrin Falls, being a season ticket holder in 2014.  I saw several victories at home under the helm of Brian Hoyer.  I brought on a contributor Will Gibson (@wjcgibson) to help post articles.  He has moved on to much greener pastures, but I appreciate his willingness to post on this site.

I attended training camp twice, both during the Hue Jackson era – I was sure the team would turn it around that year.  Being there with my family brought me much joy.

I have watched countless games in my basement, sometimes alone, sometimes with family and friends – I miss the Chicago Browns bars, but nothing beats the comfort of your own home.

In that timeframe:

The Browns had Pat Shurmur, Rob Chudzinski, Mike Pettine, Hue Jackson, and Freddy Kitchens as head coach.

The Browns had Tom Heckert, Joe Banner, Ray Farmer, Sashi Brown, and John Dorsey as general manager (or GM equivalent).

The Browns had Colt McCoy, Seneca Wallace, Brandon Weeden, Brian Hoyer, Jason Campbell, Johnny Manziel, Thad Lewis, Brock Osweiler, Austin Davis, Charlie Whitehurst, Josh McCown, Robert Griffin III, Tyrod Taylor, and Baker Mayfield quarterback the team at some point.  I’m sure I have missed others, but you get the point.

The Browns did not have a playoff appearance or a winning record to finish a campaign.

Yet I’m still here.  We’re still here as Browns fans.  My father raised me as a fan going back to the late 1980s and I am very appreciative of that.  I actually met Lou Groza while in preschool in 1989 (some would call it the good ol’ days).  Unfortunately, my father passed the following year – ironically it feels like the Browns have been down ever since.  One playoff win and zero AFC title games to speak of since 1990.  Having a child (son) in 2016 brought a ton of positive emotions to myself, as I would be able to pass down my love of Cleveland sports and the Browns to the next generation.  As many have recalled, the 2016 and 2017 seasons for the team brought a single victory and much heartache for the franchise.  However, I still remain hopeful for the future and think a change or two could help guide team to a Super Bowl victory.  As many know, I am not a tremendously emotional person, but I cried when my children were born, I cried when the Cavs won the NBA Finals, and I will likely cry if either of the other two Cleveland teams win a title.

Thank you anyone who is reading this article, has ever read or responded to an article on this website, or has read or responded to a tweet from @IntentionHound – which I created to post articles and chat with Browns’ fans.  I hope I brought insight, humor, and points of debate or interest when I posted my blogs.  I created this site as a way to communicate (or truthfully vent) about the team, so my fiancé at the time did not have to hear me complain all the time.  I will still watch the Browns and interact on social media (@esaunier), but this chapter of my fandom is now closing.  Please feel free to communicate if you so desire.

Shamless plug alert:  You can catch me on the I Still Believe in Cleveland podcasts (you can subscribe on YouTube) with two friends from high school Ryan Sponseller (@spony) and Drew Swallen (@dswales11).  All the credit should go to Ryan, the creator of the podcast.

It truly is hard to quit this team and I know it has been rough, but I cannot wait for the team to finally get it right.  The second half of the 2018 season was so exciting, but that will pale in comparison to what would happen if the team was simply great.

Thank you again for reading!  Goodbye and Go Browns!

Signing off one final time,

Eric Saunier

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2019 in Cleveland Browns Fans, Players

 

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Browns vs. Broncos – Previewing Game #6

Browns vs. Broncos – Previewing Game #6

A Preview of Game #6 – Broncos @ Browns

After splitting a pair of games on the road (both closely contested), the Browns finally head back home. Their next opponent is the undefeated Broncos and Peyton Manning, who has never lost to the orange and brown. The visitors boast one of the top defenses in the league – therefore, this contest will be an extremely difficult one. Let’s take a look at this matchup. 

Offense: 

Quarterback – I got to admit that I did not see that output from Josh McCown last week; however this game’s performance will likely not be nearly as great as the past three. The quarterback must be efficient against the Broncos; he will (more than likely) not eclipse the 300-yard mark, but playing mistake-free football is the bottom line. Keeping all of his guys involved surely helps as well. I anticipate McCown tossing for around 250 yards but will finally throw an interception.

Running Back – Starting with dump off passes should be the game plan to get both Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson involved. Hopefully those plays can continue to work, which should pave the way for rushing attempts (and some of a longer variety). It will not be an easy task, but I expect John DeFilippo to work his magic once again to make this offense click on all cylinders. Crowell and Johnson should be able to garner a combined 150 yards via the ground and air – but having them finding the end zone can be the difference between a win and a loss.

Wide Receiver – Travis Benjamin has cooled a bit in his production (and was covered well on deeper routes), but he still remains the team’s best wide receiving target. I am pleased at his development and am confident that will continue all season long. Both Taylor Gabriel and Andrew Hawkins are making plays as well – neither is producing tremendously but they are making the most when given the opportunity. Brian Hartline might get more looks in this contest as moving the chains on third down will be of utmost importance in this matchup.

Tight End – Some call him “Big Play Gar” – Gary Barnidge is playing out of this world. He is making huge catches, securing incredible touchdowns, and is fortifying the tight end position. I would love to believe that he can play like this every week, but the odds are against it. Jim Dray and Rob Housler finally got involved last contest – perhaps they can be options should Barnidge receive double coverage. That said, my stance on E.J. Bibbs remains unchanged (and he must play). 

Offensive Line – The unit upfront is continuing to build upon their improving performances. They are still a ways from being stout, but I can feel the gang getting better. This matchup with be extremely tough, as the defensive front tends to shut down running backs and get to signal callers on pass attempts. This might be a week that Cameron Erving is inserted to the lineup for help with pass protection. I do not see a ton of rushing yardage and a few sacks of Josh McCown, but I am hoping the offensive line outperforms my expectations.

Defense:

Defensive Line – It’s a struggling running offense going against a porous run defense. I’d like to say the Brown’s front three are starting to turn the corner, but the mistakes are still apparent. Danny Shelton had a decent outing last week but also made a pair of bone-headed penalties. The return of Desmond Bryant paid dividends early; if they can play that way the entire contest, the Browns will have finally shown a glimpse of how many thought they would perform. 

Linebacker – I do not really know what has to be done with this underachieving group. Scott Solomon’s latest injury will keep him out for a while – and so far no one has stepped up as a rush outside linebacker. Will Armonty Bryant finally break thru and be a force on the edge? Unlikely, and something must click for these guys otherwise they will be embarrassed on a weekly basis. Nate Orchard finally got some playing time late last game; maybe he is the key. With Craig Robertson hobbled, Chris Kirksey and Tank Carder played alongside Karlos Dansby. I am very worried about this position – I am praying they just start making plays.

Secondary – Joe Haden will likely not be available for this contest. Therefore Pierre Desir, K’Waun Williams, and even Johson Bademosi should expect to face Peyton Manning and his group of receivers. It’s time to finally give Justin Gilbert a shot and let him work out his funk. I anticipate at least one interception by the secondary – hopefully the team can make it count. Jordan Poyer was able to hold his own last contest, (provided Tashaun Gipson is held out again) so I would not be extremely concerned about the reserve athlete getting playing time. That “huge play” continues to be missing from the Browns’ safety group; Sunday would be a good point to see this. 

Special Teams: Another solid contest by all parts of the special teams; Travis Coons and Andy Lee have been kicking the ball both far and accurately. There was not much from the return units by either squad – I expect the same to occur against the Broncos. I got a feeling that Travis Benjamin could do something special, however.

Coaching: If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, is a common phrase. While I completely agree with that statement – the Browns’ offfense must be careful to not have McCown heaving fifty passes on a weekly basis (especially against a tremendous defense). Defensively, just get it done no matter what. The team needs punts forced, turnovers, and to not give up yards and points. 

Prediction (My Record: 1 – 4): I really want to pick the Browns in this contest, especially with the enthusiasm that came with their win last week. However, I do not see it happening and the Broncos win by the score of 24 – 17.

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2015 in NFL Season

 

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Heading South and East for the Summer – Browns’ Style

Heading South and East for the Summer – Browns’ Style

Expanding the Brand 

Last year, I mentioned why the Browns ought to move practices out of Berea during the summer months (https://intentionalhounding.wordpress.com/2014/06/03/why-possibly-moving-training-camp-is-a-good-idea/). It sounds like the franchise has listened, and will sprinkle in a few new cities during the month of August. Obviously I fully support the team’s decision – let’s review what will go down in the coming weeks.

Orange and Brown Scrimmage

The team will head down Interstate 71 to the state capitol to practice at Ohio Stadium. This will occur on a Friday night (August seventh), so there will likely not be as many in attendance as there would be on a Saturday night. Nonetheless, I expect there to be a bump from last year’s scrimmage held in Infocision Stadium in Akron.

There’s a large fan base of Browns fans in Columbus, and I hope they are out in full force to support the orange and brown. This new tradition of moving the intrasquad scrimmage around, might lead to steady growth – no matter if the team heads to Toledo, Canton, or Dayton. Perhaps fans will get a glimpse of what can be expected from young veterans or the beginning of greatness from a pair of 2014 rookies who struggled mightily.

Browns vs. Bills 

On August seventeenth and eighteenth, the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills will hold joint practices in St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, N.Y., prior to their preseason matchup a few days later in First Energy Stadium. These are foreign to the orange and brown, but several clubs have been a part of these in the past few seasons (most notably the New England Patriots).

The Mike Pettine/Rex Ryan storyline should be intriguing during one week of the exhibition season. The former mentor and pupil will be butting heads (maybe literally) both in New York and Ohio. The coaches should excel at firing up their fans during this week – and onlookers should hear a fair amount of pads popping. I could not think of a better coupling for these NFL practices. Once again, if the teams can use this experience to get positive publicity, then it will have been deemed a success.

Conclusion: On paper, it would appear that the Cleveland Browns were wise in practicing in front of a few new crowds this summer. Whether it’s in the Buckeye state or not, some new eyeballs will gaze upon the roster. Will this convert onlookers to be new fans of the orange and brown? That remains to be seen, but if they can display toughness, attitude, and camaraderie – perhaps they will finally start to expand their brand name. (Victories in the fall will further this substantially).

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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So the Browns Can be Worse

So the Browns Can be Worse

A Look Back – Game #13 – Browns vs. Bengals 

Awful, horrible, embarrassing – use whatever adjective you want to describe that game. Horrible offense, bad defense, and little to no contribution on special teams was the name of the game for the Cleveland Browns. I was deeply surprised and saddened by this outcome. Without further ado, let’s review this rotten mess.

Offense: Johnny Manziel passed for only eighty yards and heaved a pair of interceptions into his rookie debut. The Bengals crowded the line of scrimmage early and often, and the Browns’ signal caller succumbed to pressure before he could complete a pass. I know he will bounce bad – frankly, he has to. There are a ton of adjustments that he and Kyle Shanahan have to make before success comes.

Seventeen carries for fifty-three yards for the Browns’ running game? None of the rushers stood out and were very underwhelming. That said, it might have been due to the defenders crowded the line of scrimmage all game long. Perhaps Crowell and/or West could bust a huge gainer with Manziel as their quarterback – but I felt a five-yard dash was an achievement today.

Poor quarterback play leads to bad statistics for wide receivers. Andrew Hawkins and Jim Dray each had huge drops, while Josh Gordon’s thirty-two yard reception was the only impressive passing play for the Browns. I will be under the belief that he can at least be like Brian Hoyer and get many guys involved in the passing game; the only problem is that he has to be accurate for that to happen.

Wow, what a miserable game by the offensive line. Mitchell Schwartz got beat multiple times of the right edge by Carlos Dunlap, while Ryan Seymour invited Geno Atkins into the backfield a few times. Joe Thomas’s streak of mental errors is appalling. The veteran is committing false start and holding infractions at an alarming rate. I am looking forward to Ray Farmer overhauling this group in the offseason.

Defense: Is surrendering 244 rushing yards a good thing for an NFL defense? Despite the facetious question, how can the front four look this badly? They got blown off the football regularly and outside of Desmond Bryant (four tackles and one sack), all defensive linemen were greatly underwhelming. The Bengals took the ball out of Andy Dalton’s hands, and the Browns’ defense could not do anything to stop their opponent.

Two of the best performances by Browns players were Chris Kirksey and Craig Robertson. The duo combined for eighteen tackles and the veteran hauled in a big interception. When the other seven are playing well, this group can be an effective one. On the outside, Barkevious Mingo and Paul Kruger had their moments – but they were far from effective. Kruger has been the only consistent pass rusher all season, the Browns must add a complement or two this offseason.

The injuries to Joe Haden and Justin Gilbert did not help a secondary that was already missing K’Waun Williams. Fortunately, Andy Dalton did not try to find A.J. Green too frequently, and when he did Buster Skrine was draped all over the wide out. Jim Leonhard did not make his signature play, was around the ball from time to time, and got beat a few times. Pretty much sums up the day for this defense – no one could step up and make a play.

Special Teams: Well Garrett Hartley still has not missed a kick in his Cleveland Browns career. The team was so bad; he did not even get an attempt. Spencer Lanning will likely have to take an ice bath tonight; the punter had seven attempts and averaged just less than fifty yards. The coverage units were adequate, but there were way too many of those today.

Coaching: When the Bengals were crowding the line of scrimmage, why didn’t the Browns try something to go downfield? Kyle Shanahan never attempted this; the offense was predictable and horrible. Defensively, they should have been focused on stopping the run. That was not the case and they suffered as a result. Time to flush this mess and move on to Carolina.

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2014 in NFL Season

 

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Early Glance – Saints @ Browns

Early Glance – Saints @ Browns

Previewing Game #2 – Browns vs. Saints

All the good feelings and positive momentum were wiped away with a late field goal last Sunday, now the Browns face an unhappy Saints team who also lost on a field goal. The teams are nearly polar opposites; one is offensive-oriented with a so-so defense while the other relies on their defense and ball-controlled offense. I didn’t think the Browns had a shot last week, and they almost won it. Can the home team actually steal a win on Sunday?

Offense: The tale of two halves at Pittsburgh makes you wonder which Brian Hoyer will show up this week. The likely option is that it will be somewhere in the middle; if he can be smart with the ball and find the end zone a time or two then that could be enough for the win. The no-huddle offense seemed to work well for the Browns’ offense – but as other teams have film on it, they must make correct adjustments. I think Hoyer will be amped for this contest and have a fine outing.

The two rookies rushed exceptionally in the absence of starter Ben Tate. Terrance West looks to be the guy to tire out defenses (who have to chase him), while Isaiah Crowell simply runs over and through guys. At least in their opener, the Browns stuck to their running game – even when trailing by twenty-four points. I think these guys are the reason why the Browns will have any chance to win this contest. Hopefully other areas of the team step up as well.

Andrew Hawkins was the only receiving threat on the outside for the Browns. I believe he will garner more attention as a result, and athletes like Miles Austin and Taylor Gabriel will get additional opportunities to shine. I’d like to see some shorter, high-percentage throws to this duo – where they can have room to blow by defenders. All three tight ends had at least a reception last week. While none were amazing efforts, that position group (especially Jim Dray and Gary Barnidge) can unexpectedly help this offense out.

It will be interesting to see whether the Browns have to chip defenders coming off the edge against Mitchell Schwartz this week. There’s no doubt Rob Ryan will be flooding that side of the line a copious number of times. I’d like some up-tempo strikes as a result, when receivers can be in areas no longer occupied by linebackers. Running-wise, the offensive line did an exceptional job at opening holes – regardless of who was in the backfield. That is just another reason why a run-dominated offense should be in the Browns’ game plans.

Defense: The play of the defensive line, during the second half last game, also must come out in this contest. They cannot let Mark Ingram and the Saints’ running attack have a type of performance like Le’Veon Bell did. I’m pulling for a guy upfront to be consistent in bringing pressure on Drew Brees. Pettine’s defense typically rotates roles for all his defenders – can a Ahtyba Rubin or Phil Taylor be the man who terrorizes the opposing signal caller? I really enjoyed Taylor’s hustle last week (chasing down rushers in the first half); perhaps the coaching staff wants to put his “speed” to the test.

Following a subpar season, Paul Kruger had a masterful contest in week one. I was very glad to see him return to his 2012 form and am confident he can repeat that output on a regular basis. Outside of a Karlos Dansby interception, the guys inside did not have inspiring contests. Maybe the home crowd can get the two young guys (Kirksey and Robertson) pumped to make some plays on Sunday. One thing is certain, this trio must excel at coverage or the Browns’ defense will be in trouble.

Many fingers have been pointed at the poor secondary play against the Steelers – especially at Joe Haden and Justin Gilbert. They gave up multiple, deep passes to Markus Wheaton and Antonio Brown – my guess is that the Saints will attempt to replicate this attack. Gilbert just finished his first professional contest, while Haden seems to always struggle against Brown. I’d like to believe this duo and Buster Skrine will play lights out against the pass – but I simply just don’t see it.

Special Teams: Why is Travis Benjamin fair catching everything? Is he afraid of additional injuries? Whatever the reason, he is killing the team’s field position on punt returns. Chris Tabor either must demand that Benjamin fights for yards or just allows the speedster to only return kickoffs. On the other side, the Browns must improve greatly on punt returns – they surrendered way too many yards. Giving the Saints’ offense a short field is a recipe for disaster.

Coaching: I know it was only one game, but Pettine gets it. He got fired up on the sideline (the way Shurmur and Chud never did) and saw through the “moral victory” loser talk. Now, that’s great and all – but it’s time for him to get his first win as an NFL coach. He and his staff must notice what worked in the second half and make magic happen this Sunday.

Prediction (My Record: 1 – 0): Well, I got the loss correct but I have to give the Browns credit for fighting back last week. I think they play in another high scoring affair, only to come up a play short. The Saints take this one 30 – 24, and the Browns fall once again to 0 – 2.

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2014 in NFL Season

 

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The Last Preseason Game of 2014 – Browns vs. Bears

The Last Preseason Game of 2014 – Browns vs. Bears

Browns vs. Bears – a Preview of Preseason Game #4

Now that the rosters have been trimmed to seventy-five guys, with little surprise cuts (maybe Anthony Armstrong or Edwin Baker), it’s time for teams to get their final looks in before the regular season begins. Once again the finale is against the Chicago Bears; a game with many reserves and backups fighting to make the team. While not the most exciting contest ever, let’s take a glimpse into the matchup…

Offense: Brian Hoyer will get about a quarter to get his final preparation as the exhibition campaign winds down. He must continue to improve from last week’s game; it’s only going to get harder from here on out. I anticipate the veteran finding the end zone once (in three drives), a three-and-out, and a mediocre drive ending in a punt. It won’t be enough to appease many fans, but it’s better than what’s been going on recently. Manziel might play through the third quarter. His running ability cannot be questioned; however, I would like to see several deep tosses by the rookie. No one has succeeded in “hitting” these, why not Manziel here?

The release of Baker leaves Chris Ogbonnaya and Isaiah Crowell to possibly battle for the final running back position. The former has excelled on special teams, and the latter can latch onto the practice squad if released. With the three top backs (Tate, West, and Lewis) all but locked up, there’s little drama in this position group. Will Ray Agnew become a member of the roster? Or will MarQueis Gray be a tight end/fullback and leave an extra spot open for another athlete?

Could Taylor Gabriel be more than a special teamer for the Cleveland Browns? I would like to see the rookie perform as a receiver and feel he will get that shot on Thursday. Charles Johnson has been extremely disappointing so far in camp; perhaps he can turn some heads. I’m really trying to get excited for this group but like many NFL insiders, the odds that the Browns’ wide outs are even average are fairly long. As mentioned earlier, a nice deep completion would make me feel better – even if it’s short lived.

Depending on which quarterback gets the nod in the second half; this might be a run-heavy game for two reasons. First, it will be a good test to see if any guy is able to play in the NFL. Secondly, running the ball consistently will eat up more clock and get both teams closer to the regular season on an expedited pace. There won’t be a great deal to take away from this contest, especially for the offensive line. Hopefully Ray Farmer knows which guys should be kept for the fall.

Defense: Thursday’s contest should be one where the Browns can flex their muscles, in terms of depth on the defensive line. While the Bears will employ unreliable offensive linemen in the second half, the home squad could trot out athletes like John Hughes, Ishmaa’ily Kitchen, and Billy Winn. Despite multiple rushes, I would be surprised if the Bears were able to move the ball on the ground with ease. Pettine should dial up some four-man fronts, to not only force the opponent to pass but also to see which members can adapt to different in-game situations.

This should be an excellent opportunity for Zac Diles and Justin Staples to get some playing time. Assuming both are on the roster, they will primarily be on special teams in the fall – but injuries or inconsistent play by starters could change things up. Tackling was extremely poor in last week’s contest; they must turn it around this week. All the better if the backups can do it, if one guy has a chance to stand out he must take advantage.

The secondary continues to be in flux, with injuries to Joe Haden and Buster Skrine (albeit minor). Justin Gilbert and Leon McFadden should start out on the outside. I previously wondered about the status of the latter last week, but with many athletes sidelined, it appears that McFadden should be afforded another opportunity with this club. I thought Josh Aubrey was underrated in the 2013 campaign. He and Johnson Bademosi should be lined up a majority of the night in the safety positions. Each are young and hungry, but neither are guaranteed a roster spot.

Special Teams: Pretty much all of the spots are secured for the Browns in the kicking and return units. The only exception is that Taylor Gabriel could possibly steal some returns from incumbent Travis Benjamin. The real key in this contest is to avoid silly injuries – especially during kickoffs.

Coaching: As previously mentioned, this play calling will probably be bland and largely run-oriented in the second half of the contest. But why not try from some home runs for Hoyer and Manziel? Neither have really attempted any fade nor go routes for intended targets. Realistically it will likely more of the same – quick, boring throws to the outside. The positive side is that once this game is over, it’s time to look forward to the regular season!

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2014 in NFL Season

 

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Browns Training Camp News

Browns Training Camp News

Browns’ Tidbits

Going through the dog days of training camp, there are a few things surrounding the orange and brown that does not involve the Josh Gordon suspension decision.  For the first time in a good while, the three topics all relate to things on the gridiron (very refreshing).  Although the preseason starts next week for the Browns, training camp
(so far) has opened the eyes of fans and media alike.

Offensive offense:

Tell me if you heard this one before, but the Browns’ defense is defeating the offense at a consistent rate.  This refers to making tackles, stopping drives, and frustrating athletes (just ask Ben Tate) when facing each other.  The defense has been rewarded with newly
coveted orange jerseys – Pettine’s got to come up with some sort of incentive.  For many years, the defense has been the dominant side of the ball not because they were a tremendous unit – but more because the offense has been extremely poor.  I hope the 2014 results are due to inexperience of the unit and their infancy in learning Kyle Shanahan’s system.

Pettine’s philosophy:

Earlier in the week, I was pleasantly surprised to hear about the type of contact the head coach installed – known as “thumping”.  Here players make solid collisions with their teammates and wrap them up, without actually taking them to the ground (which was employed in other practices).  For many this does not seem like a big deal – but the Browns seem to rarely practice hitting in the summer months.  The end result has been horrible tackling (and bad defense) in the fall. Hopefully these drills, spearheaded by veterans Karlos Dansby and Donte Whitner, can transform the defense to a more tenacious unit.

Jim Leonhard’s signing:

After reading the book “Collision, Low Crossers”, the signing of Jim Leonhard was a no-brainer.  Mike Pettine has employed the former University of Wisconsin safety during his stops in New York and Buffalo – and has given the athlete much praise.  While with the Jets, Pettine said Leonhard was the most important player on the defense and his season-ending injury destroyed the unit’s effectiveness.  The safety knows Pettine’s defensive scheme more than any athlete and will be a great teacher.  At age thirty-two, he may be more on the field during special teams for 2014.  But I look forward to him providing tips to Tashaun Gipson, Jordan Poyer, and even Donte Whitner.  In my opinion, there was only upside in this signing by the Cleveland Browns.

Conclusion:  I cannot wait until next week, as the Browns will face off against players on another team.  For now, it’s just competition against their teammates.  It has been rather competitive, even combative at times.  I know the team has a long ways to go but I am (probably foolishly) confident they can make strides in 2014.  It all starts in training camp; I believe the mindset has changed – they are a tough bunch that will not be pushed over.  Now, the Browns must prove it on the field against opponents.

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2014 in Players, Training Camp

 

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