Monday, September 27, 2010

Browns Monday- Sheldon Brown on T.O. Joe Haden on Ochocinco and Eric Wright on the bench Edition

Week 3- Browns @ Ravens

Cleveland 17
Baltimore 24

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter
Cleveland FG: Phil Dawson 38 yards
Baltimore TD: Joe Flacco pass to Anquan Boldin for 8 yards

2nd Quarter
Baltimore TD: Joe Flacco pass to Anquan Boldin for 12 yards
Cleveland TD: Peyton Hillis rushed for 1 yard

4th Quarter
Cleveland TD: Seneca Wallace to Benjamin Watson for 1 yard
Baltimore TD: Joe Flacco Pass to Anquan Boldin for 27 yards
Baltimore FG: Billy Cundiff 49 yards

Important Stats
Seneca Wallace 18-24, 141 yards, 1 TD

Peyton Hillis, 22 rushes, 144 yards, 1 TD

Eric Wright infinity Fails

Decisive Play: 3&2 at Ravens 28 with about 4 minutes to go. Seneca Wallace throws up a deep fade to Josh Cribbs out of bounds forcing a Browns' punt. The Browns do not get the ball back.

The Browns did play pretty well yesterday. It wasn't a tremendous performance by the offense, but it was effective this week. Peyton Hillis was exceptional this week with Jerome Harrison out. Seneca Wallace did nothing to get the team beat, which is a step in the right direction at that position. The best part about the offensive performance was that they generally avoided 3 and outs. This prevented the Browns from being in the same position that they had been in the previous two weeks in which the Browns were in horrible filed position the entire second half, which eventually forced the defense to break.

The Defense played 10/11ths well against Baltimore. The Ravens' running game was largely ineffective. The defense managed to get stops and get the ball back to the offense in decent field position.

Everyone is piling on Eric Wright for his absolute failures yesterday and you can add one more. His failures yesterday put the Browns into a position where victory became difficult. He was constantly beaten and out of position allowing his man to score with ease. That violates the one most fundamental rule of secondary; "Don't get beat deep." Now in the NFL that is expected to be just, "Don't get beat," but god damn if you're going to fuck up make sure it doesn't lead to three TDs for the other team.

This isn't really a defense of Wright, but more an attack on the Coaching; why in the hell after it became apparent Wright couldn't handle Boldin, did you not try to cover him with Haden? The worst thing that could have happened was Haden getting beat like Wright,but he probably would have better been able to handle Boldin.

The offensive play calling wasn't as terrible as its been, but at a critical point in the game it turned back to shit. The play that I called "decisive" early was a terrible play call. There are so many ways in which Daboll messed this call up. The obvious is that it was 3 & 2 and the Browns had been running the ball with Hillis with great success. Two yards on the ground seemed like a likely outcome had the Browns chosen to run the ball. Another aspect was that the call was basically a jump ball to Josh Cribbs on the sideline. It is the throw the Seneca Wallace is weak at to begin with and Cribbs still isn't a great receiver and throwing a jump ball to him isn't wise. It wasn't a terrible throw by Wallace either. Cribbs was very well covered and the only place he could throw it to ensure no interception was out of bounds.

I don't believe in moral victories. The Browns lost yesterday. period. That's what happened. I don't care that the Browns looked pretty good yesterday. There were some positives against Baltimore, but it doesn't matter because the Browns lost the game.


Checking my preseason prediction

Week 1- @Tampa Bay W Actual Result: L
Week 2- Kansas City W Actual Result: L
Week 3- @Baltimore L Actual Result: L
Week 4- Cincinnati L
Week 5- Atlanta L
Week 6- @ Pittsburgh W*
Week 7- @New Orleans L
Week 8- Bye
Week 9- New England L
Week 10- NY Jets L
Week 11- @Jacksonville W
Week 12- Carolina W
Week 13- @Miami W
Week 14- @Buffalo W
Week 15- @Cincinnati L
Week 16- Baltimore L
Week 17- Pittsburgh L

Overall Record: 7-9*(1-5)* Current Record: 0-3

*Under the assumption that Roethlisberger will actually have serve his entire suspension.

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