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The Aftermath from the Browns/Titans Game

The Aftermath from the Browns/Titans Game

What this Game Told Me about the Browns

An early deficit, several mistakes, and another defeat occurred on Sunday afternoon – what is new for the Cleveland Browns? I still content that the orange and brown are not awful; they are simply young and inexperienced. However, I want to see them win a game and soon. What did the game in Tennessee tell me about the Browns? 

#1 – Their Safeties Might be the Worst

Jordan Poyer (before his injury) and Derrick Kindred were once again invisible in this contest – with a few exceptions. The duo allowed Kendall Wright and Rishard Matthews to get behind them for long gains in the contest. Watching a hurt Tashaun Gipson and ineffective Donte Whitner last season was bad, but what the Browns are putting out now is even worse. It should come to no surprise that this position will be improved upon this offseason. 

#2 – They are Prone to Errors 

The numerous penalties were inexcusable, as well as commonplace, for the Cleveland Browns. Be it the offense, defense, or special teams – the Browns committed infractions which sorely hurt the team. I’ve said it before, but am not afraid to reiterate this, the Browns are simply not good enough to overcome these errors and still expect to win. I don’t know what it’s going to take for the Browns to play within the rules, but until they learn this lesson the losses will follow.

#3 – No Depth at Offensive Line 

Clearly Joel Bitonio was the lynch pin for this team’s running attack. Without the services of the third year pro; the five guys upfront struggled mightily to pave running lanes for Isaiah Crowell. The bad news is that Bitionio might be out for the rest of the season, so the Browns might not be churning out running yards in contests. 

#4 – A Tale of Two Second Year Guys

Danny Shelton and Cameron Erving are going their separate ways. The former is rapidly improving and even notched a sack on Sunday. If he can continue to do this, then this could validate his early draft status. Meanwhile, Erving looked abysmal once again in the middle of the offensive line. His opportunities should be scrutinized and if poor play continues, the Browns might have to think about his replacement in the spring. 

#5 – Liking What I am Seeing at QB 

Rookie Cody Kessler is going out there and making plays. I really like seeing him stepping up in the pocket and delivering the ball to a wide-open option. His growth is apparent and I never would have expected it. I still am not ready to call him a franchise quarterback, but I want to see him play on Sundays (and I have not said that about a Browns’ quarterback in quite some time).

Conclusion: It does not get any easier, as the Browns have another difficult one in Cincinnati next Sunday. These defeats are not fun but that’s pretty much what the franchise signed up for.

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Posted by on October 16, 2016 in NFL Season, Players

 

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Next Game: Browns @ Titans – Game #6 Preview

Next Game: Browns @ Titans – Game #6 Preview

A Glance into Game #6 – Browns @ Titans 

After another dismal performance, the Browns dust themselves off and travel south to Tennessee to face the Titans. Prior to the beginning of the regular season, I strongly considered this as a potential victory for the Browns. However the injuries are piling up and the team’s play has been less than inspiring. Let’s look into this matchup regardless.

Offense:

Quarterback – I got to be honest, I was going to wait to share my thoughts about this position after the team named their starter for this game. But does it really matter? The starter will probably get hurt and the backup might also go down with an injury. What a dismal season for Browns’ quarterbacks – they cannot do anything right.

Running Back – Isaiah Crowell was not effective when a team focused on stopping him (last game). Was the lack of yardage an aberration, or should fans not expect the runner to be extremely effective anymore. I envision a middle ground, where Crowell puts up decent yardage but is far from perfect. Hopefully Duke Johnson can find touches (and more importantly) yards in this game. Regardless of who is under center – they need a reliable running attack to help out the offense.

Wide Receiver – The Browns could really use the services of rookie Corey Coleman, as the franchise is still looking for another reliable target opposite Terrelle Pryor. Rashard Higgins and Ricardo Louis have had a few opportunities – but it will take time for them to hit their stride. Andrew Hawkins is making the most of his targets; perhaps he can usher a respectable game for the starting signal caller. However, I do not anticipate a great deal from this unit.

Tight End – Is Connor Hamlett a one-hit wonder, or could he be a fixture for this offense for years to come? Last week was a solid start, but he’s got a ways to go to be a consistent option. I do like the physical tools the youngster brings, but doing the little things will be extremely important (i.e. blocking, finding the soft spot in defenses, etc.) in his development. Gary Barnidge continues to haul in tosses for moderate gains; he is playing with a new signal caller every week but still helps out the Browns’ offense. I could possibly see a touchdown come from this duo. 

Offensive Line – How about the goal of this game is to not get a quarterback hurt? The line has allowed defenders to breeze through the line of scrimmage on multiple occasions. The Titans do not present a tremendous defensive front, but that does not mean the Browns will have an easy time upfront. Alvin Bailey was adequate after being re-inserted into this lineup; hopefully he will play with a chip on his shoulder after getting a second chance. I would like to see a clean pocket on drop backs and running lanes for Crowell and Johnson – but I have some reservations.

Defense:

Defensive Line – Danny Shelton continues to play pretty well in the middle. I understand that he is not filling the stat sheet in tackles and sacks; but he is disruptive against opposing running backs. The Titans bring a tremendous running attack (which includes their quarterback) in this game. This should be a great challenge for the guys upfront, and I believe they can hold their own. After missing a few games, Carl Nassib came back last contest. Despite not being extremely effective, I anticipate he will improve and make a handful of plays in this contest. 

Outside Linebacker – The duo of Emmanuel Ogbah and Joe Schobert were pretty much invisible in last week’s game. They did not put pressure on the quarterback nor did they enforce the edge on runs. I hope the pair of rookies play better, but these are some of the growing pains that accompany rookies. Marcus Mariota is very mobile, so both guys will have to keep their head on a swivel or the Browns could see large gains from the opponent. I do not expect a lot from this bunch so I hope I am surprised. 

Inside Linebacker – Chris Kirksey and Demario Davis must be very good to great in this contest, in order for the Browns to have a chance. They will see plenty of carries between the tackles, as well as crossing routes by pass catchers. I can count on both of these guys for solid play on a consistent basis, but I fear that one big play (or two) will occur when the inside linebackers are out of position. Defending tight ends has been a nightmare for the orange and brown, so if you have Delaine Walker on your Fantasy Football team you might want to start him.

Safety – The disappointment train continues to roll on at the safety positions. Did Jordan Poyer and Derrick Kindred even play last game? The ineffective duo has made a play here or there, but overall they have to improve. I am worried that the Titans will carve up the safeties in the passing game. The only saving grace is that Kindred might be useful in creeping up and stopping the opposing running game. 

Cornerback – Ah, the weakest of weak spots for the Cleveland Browns. I have no hope or faith that Joe Haden, Jamar Taylor, and Briean Boddy-Calhoun can slow down the trio of Tajae Sharpe, Andre Johnson, and Kendall Wright. The home team should collect three or four passing touchdowns in this contest and give Browns’ fans more headaches on Sunday. Any good plays by the cornerbacks would be greatly welcomed but should not be expected.

Special Teams: This part of the team was respectable last contest. If the Browns can force their opponent to punt on more of a regular basis, then perhaps they can have an advantage over their counterparts. After a brutal first game, Cody Parkey is coming into his own and is making kicks. The Browns could use a big play by their special teams, a la a long return or a forced turnover. 

Coaching: I mean, it’s hard to fault the coaching staff with this roster. Coach Jackson is still putting the team in the best spot to win – he can’t help it that his players keep on getting hurt. I would like to see Ray Horton do something to help out this secondary, but I do not know what can be done to actually see positive results. 

Prediction (My Record: 5 – 0): Another game and another loss is on the horizon. The Browns lose this one by the score of 31 – 17 and the team will suffer their sixth defeat of the 2016 campaign.

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2016 in NFL Season, Players

 

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Browns 2016 Schedule Breakdown: Games 1 – 8

Browns 2016 Schedule Breakdown: Games 1 – 8

Cleveland Browns’ 2016 Schedule: First Half Analysis

It’s never too soon to take a peek into the regular season schedule for the Browns, which begins just around four months from now. Some people are (already) predicting doom and gloom and noted that the Browns are underdogs in each contest. However, that was prior to the draft and many things can happen before September – including player development and injuries. Let’s take a gander at the team’s first eight games.

Away Contests: Week 1 @ Philadelphia, Week 3 @ Miami, Week 4 @ Washington, Week 6 @ Tennessee, and Week 7 @ Cincinnati

I have to admit that this stretch is not a murderer’s row as some people are making it out to be. All five contests are winnable; yes even the game against the Bengals. I admittedly am always a Browns optimist (until things crash and burn), but do not envision the type of drubbing that the Browns are accustomed to. Realistically I could see two or three wins coming against this group of foes. If they were against Philadelphia and Tennessee – that would be even sweeter (as the Browns will get their future draft picks, and losses will only help with draft positioning). The team will be turning heads by the way the play well on the road.

Home Contests: Week 2 vs. Baltimore, Week 5 vs. New England, and Week 8 vs. New York (Jets)

Many are in the camp that “the sky is falling”, when previewing the early schedule for games played at First Energy Stadium. The matchup against the Patriots, I will concede that as a loss. This only becomes solidified if Tom Brady’s suspension remains upheld and this is his first game in 2016. The other two contests can be had by the orange and brown though. The Ravens’ drafting has steadily been in decline, and I don’t see a tremendous roster. If this defense can put pressure on Joe Flacco, then a victory is likely for the home team. Who knows what will happen for gang green? Will Christian Hackenburg be their signal caller for this game? If that’s the case, I would feel comfortable penciling in a “W” for the Browns.

Conclusion: The first half of this season’s schedule is not as daunting as several people are leading us to believe. I firmly envision three to five victories during this stretch – any more would be excellent and any fewer would be a disappointment. Sorry, I refuse to believe that the team will go 1 – 15 and be the worst team in the league.

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2016 in NFL Season

 

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Good Win for the Browns – Game 2 Recap

Good Win for the Browns – Game 2 Recap

Review of Titans @ Browns – Game #2 

Well, the Browns got out-gained by the rush and the pass and lost the time of possession battle – however there was more to the story. The home team played mistake-free football and came away with a huge win. It was up-and-down for the Browns, but they made the plays when it mattered most. Let’s review what 

Offense:

Quarterback – The coaching staff put Johnny Manziel in a spot to only toss shorter throws with a greater percentage of a completion. The second-year pro pretty much executed that game plan well, going eight of fifteen passes for 172 yards – toss in some timely deep touchdowns, and it was a solid outing. I don’t know if he will start next week, but he continues to display improvement.

Running Back – I was extremely glad to witness Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson finally resembles viable running backs this season. The duo combined to eclipse the one hundred mark on the ground, while Crowell’s touchdown was exceptional for the orange and brown offense. If they can keep it up, then the odds for this offense will be much greater. 

Wide Receiver – It was Travis Benjamin and that’s about it for the wide receiver corps. On Sunday, that was all home team needed in the passing game, as his two deep scores was the difference in the score. Andrew Hawkins also had three receptions, but totaled just forty-three yards. I look forward to seeing Brian Hartline contribute more in the passing game beginning next week.

Tight End – Gary Barnidge’s lone reception was the only bright spot for the tight end group – as least in the passing game. I recall seeing a couple of great blocks on the edge by Jim Dray, but that’s not going to be on any highlight reel. Hopefully this unit can make it easy on the quarterback by securing multiple grabs and moving the sticks regularly.

Offensive Line – I think the five guys (and sometimes six) upfront finally got a push. The Browns’ line finally paved the way for the running backs, while keeping the guy under center clean during drop backs. This appears to be the starting point of improvement by this group, should they get back to where they were in the middle of last season – then the sky is the limit for the offense.

Defense:

Defensive Line – Sacks, hits on the quarterback, and a fumble recovery? The Browns’ defensive line appears to have turned a corner. Many guys contributed to this game, not just rookie Danny Shelton. I was really glad Jamie Meder and Randy Starks get it going – whether being a younger athlete or an aging veteran, the team needs all hands on deck.

Linebacker – As far as impact is concerned, the guys in the middle were more impactful for the home team’s defense. Karlos Dansby and Craig Robertson tallied to most and fourth most tackles with the team, while Chris Kirksey made some plays as well. I was a bit disappointed by Barkevious Mingo (a whiff on Mariota in the open field) – maybe things can change next week though. It would have been nice to see a guy in this unit actually cover a tight end, but they apparently refused to (maybe next week?)

Secondary – Joe Haden definitely bounced back from the season opener, as the veteran was always around the football and made a great fumble recovery. Tramon Williams looked like a viable starter as well in this matchup. Personally, I would have liked to see the safeties a bit more active in this contest (outside of a few stops by Donte Whitner). Perhaps they will be included more in the defensive game plan next week.

Special Teams: A punt return touchdown, several great punts, and great coverage – I would say the Cleveland Browns won the special teams battle. This type of domination should not be expected every week, but it was very great on Sunday. Just keep it up and there will be no complaints.

Coaching: This was a solid game plan by both sides of the ball. John DeFilippo limited Manziel’s passes and potential for a mistake, while Jim O’Neil put pressure on Marcus Mariota. Both worked out well and the Browns got to a 1 – 1 record. This was a great win, but the team still has miles to go to be great.

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2015 in NFL Season

 

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Titans @ Browns – Previewing Game #2

Titans @ Browns – Previewing Game #2

A Glance into Game #2 – Titans @ Browns

Following their annual opening day loss (which is now an NFL record of eleven consecutive), the Browns get to play their first home game of the season. It would once again appear that this is a very winnable contest for the orange and brown against a rookie signal caller. However, they made Ryan Fitzpatrick look like a Hall of Famer in the opener. I expect the team to display some improvement; will it be enough to secure their first win?

Offense: 

Quarterback – As of now, it looks like Johnny Manziel is in line to get the nod under center (while Josh McCown recovers from his concussion). I actually felt a little bit of confidence in the little guy last contest; that was never the case in 2014. He still had severe issues with controlling the ball – hopefully the Jets’ game was the first step towards his improved pocket awareness. I expect one touchdown and just one turnover by the second year pro.

Running Back – I am mystified and really don’t know what to make out of the Browns’ rushing attack (and I use that term loosely). In the chicken-or-egg debate, neither the offensive line nor running backs are doing their jobs effectively during running attempts. I am not sure what’s it going to take for Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson to get it going, but the team might want to figure that out – and soon. 

Wide Receiver – Is Travis Benjamin becoming the number one wide out for this team? It would appear so, as the veteran had a solid exhibition season and carried that over thus far by leading the team in receiving yards (including the team’s only touchdown). Obviously he is not a guy who should be used in jump ball situations, but utilizing his speed is his strong suit. I would not be surprised if either Taylor Gabriel or Andrew Hawkins had a few grabs in this matchup.

Tight End – This position group was pretty much invisible in New Jersey, and that will likely be a running theme all season long. Rookie E.J. Bibbs looks like he can bring something to the table; once he is ready for regular season football. I hope that time comes soon – I want to see multiple downfield attempts (and completions) to the tight ends. Who knows, maybe this unit can even become a reliable red zone threat.

Offensive Line – Could Cameron Erving be the difference in transforming the gang upfront from an underachieving one to one of the better lines in the league? It’s unlikely, as pretty much all five guys have struggled at one point or another. The coaching staff needs to do whatever it takes to witness success. Perhaps more three-step drops could replace rushing attempts and problematic run blocking. 

Defense: 

Defensive Line – Stopping the run has been something that has evaded the Cleveland Browns for some time, and I would be surprised if that did not continue. Sunday “Words into action” has been the mantra from Mike Pettine about this team, and they have not lived up to this (at least in the run stuffing department). I would love to see the starters dominate at the point of attack and make it hard for Bishop Sankey to move down the field – but they cannot have a performance like they did in the second half of last contest.

Linebacker – This part of the roster was up there for biggest disappointment in the season opener. Sure there were a couple of nice plays, but the defense generated zero pass rush and could not corral rushers closer to the line of scrimmage. Scott Solomon’s ankle injury didn’t help either – will Barkevious Mingo start to resemble the first round pick that many had hoped? Confusion for the Titans’ offense must begin and end with the Browns’ linebackers; I expect a couple of sacks and turnovers. 

Secondary – I think Joe Haden would be the first guy to tell you that he underachieved last week. He will have a bounce back performance at home, while the other guys should continue to excel as well. Tashun Gipson admitted being stripped after his interception lingered with him the rest of the contest; if he wants to secure that long-term deal he’s got to be stronger physically and mentally. Some interceptions off a rookie quarterback would be a welcomed sight for this team.

Special Teams: Knock on wood, but the special teams have been a solid part of this roster. I have no questions about Andy Lee and Travis Coons doing their jobs exceptionally . Who knows, maybe we will even see a few nice returns by the Browns as well (hopefully there are more punt returns and less kickoff returns).

Coaching: Granted the offensive game plan was pretty much thrown out after the McCown injury last week, but the coaching staff did their best to adjust to Manziel under center. I would like to see this be further reinforced, in addition to reducing the potential of a costly turnover. Defensively, it’s all about the blitz – the Browns need to come hard and often towards Marcus Mariota. I have a feeling he can come back to Earth following his great opener.

Prediction (My Record 0 – 1): I have no idea what to think about this outcome. I believe the Browns will be much better than what they showed in the season opener. However, the Titans looked great – and that is enough to pick them to win this game by the score of 19 – 16.

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2015 in NFL Season

 

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A Win is a Win…

A Win is a Win…

Browns @ Titans – Review of Game #4

Phew, that was a close, and a lucky, one but I will more than take it. Falling behind 28-3, it looked like the Browns were going to get steamrolled. However, the injury to Locker and some second-half touchdowns and the Browns came away with a huge victory. It was definitely a team effort – offense in the first half and the defense stepping up after halftime. Let’s review the dramatic victory…

Offense: Brian Hoyer does it again…another fourth quarter victory for the veteran. He threw his first interception of the season, but was also able to toss for three touchdowns. I expected Manziel to come in to the contest, but the Browns were playing well enough that it was not necessary. Despite missing a few plays, Hoyer made it count when it mattered…once again, I’ll take it.

It was an excellent comeback for veteran Ben Tate. Finishing with twenty-two carries for 123 yards, I was glad to see him return to action. Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell finished with fifteen yards on thirteen carries – I haven’t lost faith in the rookies, but they came back to earth – in terms of playing well. I still believe they will get ample amounts of yards going forward however, especially with twelve games remaining.

I might be going on a limb here, but Taylor Gabriel might be the best receiver in this group. The undrafted rookie led the way with four grabs for ninety-five yards and made several huge plays. Miles Austin was next in line with only two grabs – however one an impressive, sideline snare. Once again, this unit has not been great, but good enough to win in the NFL. I was glad to see Jordan Cameron collect three receptions – he will be relied upon heavily down the road.

Brian Hoyer surrendered a sack early in this contest, however following that – the offensive line locked down and played tremendously. I had to rewind a few plays to show others the great blocking of Joel Bitonio; the rookie is making all of us believers. I am glad this offensive line maintains their stability; they have been like good referees. You don’t realize how good they are – until they are not. I cannot wait to see them go into battle the rest of the season.

Defense: For most of the game (once again) it was not a pretty effort by the defensive front, but they did enough to get it done. Paving the way was Armonty Bryant, who finished with six tackles, a sack, and a hit on the quarterback. Phil Taylor left the game in the second half – can Ahtyba Rubin and Billy Winn shoulder the load during the veteran’s absence? I sure hope so; but the defensive line still has miles to go until they become a respectable unit.

As far as linebackers go; none were terrible but also no athletes were dominant in this contest for the Browns. Karlos Dansby and Chris Kirksey combined for fifteen tackles – they were far from excellent but I will take it. Jabaal Sheard was the only linebacker who was able to get a sack for this defense – he has been underwhelming so far in the 2014 campaign but Sunday was a solid outing for the veteran. I believe the linebackers will continue to improve as the season progresses.

I don’t know what to make of the secondary; they have more than a disappointing unit thus far.   Joe Haden and Justin Gilbert simply cannot corral receivers – is K’Waun Williams the answer? The undrafted rookie had six tackles, a sack, and a pass defended in this contest. Granted the Titans did not scout for this athlete, but he made the most of his opportunity. I would like to see more of him going forward, but still believe Haden and Gilbert will vastly improve. The safeties were rather quiet, but both Tashaun Gipson and Donte Whitner were not beat regularly either.   On a scale of 1-10, I would give the secondary a 3 but feel great that number could easily be higher.

Special Teams: It was a wise move to remove Travis Benjamin as a punt returner. It took a turnover (which was negated with a penalty) to take him out, but Jordan Poyer seems to be better at that spot. The field goal unit played as expected, which is much better than the group did two weeks ago. Last game was an aberration, and I do not feel bad about any of the groups.

Coaching: While many second-guessed the two fourth down attempts (which failed), I stood by coach Pettine. The offense got another shot and Hoyer took advantage – finding the end zone. The coach might not get opportunities like that more often but for now, I cannot complain. It was a shaky (but needed) win, and now they must get back to business against the Steeelers at home.

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2014 in NFL Season

 

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Looking Into Game #4 – Browns @ Titans

Looking Into Game #4 – Browns @ Titans

Browns @ Titans – Game #4 Preview

Enough of the waiting game, it’s not time for the Browns to get back on to the field for some football. They face a foe in the Titans, who have been looking rather suspect since their opening win over the Chiefs. This is still the NFL though, and the Browns can ill-afford to take their opponent lightly; especially when they are on the road. Nonetheless, lets review this matchup of two teams needing a win…

Offense: The Browns will open up the playbook a bit more in this contest, I believe. Brian Hoyer will seek deeper tosses a fair amount, it will come down to how he can connect on these opportunities. I’m not sure his interception streak continues, but this is a contest where the defense ought to rise up if the Browns give the ball to the Titans’ offense. Hoyer should easily get over the 200-yard mark in this contest, and I figure he will be a part of at least two passing touchdowns.

All three running backs must be sure they are fresh and ready to go in this contest. Tate, West, and Crowell might combine for thirty carries against the Titans. Obviously the game will dictate opportunities for this trio, but I am bullish that the Browns will rely heavily on their back while defending their lead. I would be disappointed if the Browns do not eclipse 150 yards on the ground on Sunday; that may seem like a lofty goal but the Titans have been putrid in stopping opponents.

How can Andrew Hawkins and Miles Austin follow up some nice performances in the first three contests in 2014? That is the big question, as the opponent continues to be stout against the pass (but that could be because opponents do not need to throw). I want to see Jordan Cameron get going, with a week off to heal up with from his shoulder injury. A Jim Dray, Gary Barnidge, or Taylor Gabriel might come up with a big play in this contest – those under-the-radar guys typically do one little thing to tip the scales in an NFL game.

The offensive line has been more than solid for the Browns this season. I do not see how this trend stops; all five should keep the pocket clean for Brian Hoyer. There’s not a whole lot more that I can say about the zone-blocking scheme – the athletes have picked up the concepts and are executing them exceptionally. Is zero sacks allowed a reasonable expectation?   I believe it is – I have high hopes for the Browns in this contest and am confident they will perform well in Nashville.

Defense: The defensive front is beyond due for a knockout, dominant performance. Phil Taylor and Ahtyba Rubin are the duo that needs to pick their games up; each has been mediocre through three outings. They face Shonn Greene and Bishop Sankey – a pair of backs who entered the campaign with lofty expectations. The home team will likely feed the ball to both rushers an ample amount of times, but it will be up to the Browns to limit them and force the Titans to heave the ball. Do that, and the Browns’ chance of winning increases significantly.

Chris Kirksey, Barkevious Mingo, and Craig Robertson are three linebackers who must play with more intensity (and intelligence) if the defense wishes to improve. All have been disappointments up to this point, and only Paul Kruger and to a lesser extent Karlos Dansby, have put some sort of fear into opposing offenses. There have been no turnovers forced and just a handful of sacks from the linebacker corps. Coach Pettine was expected to improve this unit from last year’s crew. This is not to say it won’t happen, but Sunday would be a great start for some guys to begin dominating.

The way the NFL has trending (i.e. new rules and penalties); a tremendous amount of pressure has been put on defensive backs to slow down wide receivers. Both Justin Gilbert and Joe Haden have been torched against the likes of Steve Smith, Antonio Brown, and Jimmy Graham – but the Titans do not feature a receiving option of that caliber. That being said, the Browns’ secondary is expected to hold its own against Kendall Wright, Delanie Walker, and Nate Washington. If Haden and Gilbert struggle on Sunday, it’s simply going to be a long season. Donte Whitner has been invisible so far at the strong safety spot – I want to see him make a few plays this week.

Special Teams: Before the season started, I felt the Browns had a strong enough special teams units where there were little to no concerns. Some horrible decisions on punt returns and poor field goal blocking, and I have rethought my stance. The Browns must find a way to fix this broken part of their team, or they will continue to lose tight contests. Depending on how the game progresses, Travis Benjamin’s time at punt returner could almost be up.

Coaching: Will Pettine employ Johnny Manziel more in this contest? Should we envision more of an aggressive game plan? I expect an affirmative response to both, as the coaches have had extra time to tinker with their coaching decisions. Aligning their defense to dominate bettert have been a priority in the off week – I hope the unit decides to now execute. 

Prediction (My Record: 2 – 1): For the first time this season, I feel very confident in the Browns heading into the contest. I think the team gets out to an early lead only to see the home squad come back, but still ultimately fall short. The Browns win this contest 30 – 20 and return home with a 2 – 2 record.

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2014 in NFL Season

 

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