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Posted by Oct - 17 - 2011 0 Comment

Points of ponderance between moments of Tourette’s:

  • It’s really somewhat pointless to sit there and bullet point too many aspects of the game, as most aspects that of what are wrong with this team point back to a central place, and that is the administration, from The Big Show on down to Coach Shurmur. Over the last few weeks, the conversations surrounding the Browns have had as much to do with off-field drama as on-field disappointment. Players have been left to their vocal devices, coaches speak as if half informed, and the play on the field has been as inconsistent and lackluster. Players seem uninspired until a microphone is in their face, and their head coach is the opposite. Right now, it is rather apparent that Pat Shurmur is in waaayyy over his head. I have been saying in this blog for weeks that he needs an offensive coordinator, and I’m not the only one in town saying that. Meanwhile the Browns PR staff is doing about as good a job handling player/media interaction as Mo Hardesty is passes from Colt McCoy. The idea that the Browns were even in a position to tie or potentially win the game Sunday in Oakland belies the effort they dispalyed. The Raiders should have beaten the Browns by 3 or 4 touchdowns going away. The fact that Kyle Boller was licensed to throw the ball after replacing Jason Campbell – when you have the best RB in the NFL in your backfield – shows that Hue Jackson has a little Pat Shurmur in him. Still other team’s shortcomings do not exonerate a Browns organization that does not appear to be moving forward, even now that all fo the administrative components are in lockstep with offensive theory.

 

  • While I am not going to completely join the chorus of local radio mouthpieces that are lambasting Colt McCoy, that isn’t to say that he isn’t responsible for a good bit of what is wrong with the offense right now. The cool, confident McCoy that was here in pre-season apparently stayed there and has been replaced by the second coming of Charlie Frye. McCoy is smarter and more accurate than Frye could have ever hoped to be in an orange helmet, but that same anxious body language akin to Frye appears to be stemming from his preoccupation with the impending rush has McCoy not making the kinds of reads that he not only made at Texas, but did last season and even this August. And you would think that given his preoccupation with the rush that he would recognize the blitz better and change the play call or adjust the hot read, which he doesn’t appear to be doing. Perhaps its the design of how the plays are called that don’t allow him that luxury at the moment, or his WRs are just as unfamiliar with the offense at this point to not be in concert with McCoy’s recognition of the situation that has the Browns looking so helter-skelter against pressure? Regardless, McCoy is going to have to get better regardless of his supporting cast in order for his supporting cast to improve. Somehow, some way he needs to find some confidence, and show it on the field. That said, McCoy isn’t the biggest problem with this offense, by a long shot.

 

  • That, my internet savvy friends, is his head coach AND offensive (in every sense of the word) coordinator. I have had some conversations with folks in recent weeks that have made the comment that McCoy should be succeeding under Shurmur’s play calling because “look what has happened to Sam Bradford now that Shurmur is here and not in St. Louis”. For a while that was my sentiment, but no longer. That is just happenstance now. The two weeks Pat Shurmur had to formulate ways for this offense to succeed and display their strengths were obviously spent finding the right words for the lip service he gave the media and fans regarding getting Peyton Hillis the ball more (even before his alleged hamstring injury) and getting Evan Moore the ball more. (Moore did have a couple early catches, then made a mid-game disappearing act.) Shurmur is clearly overwhelmed with what he is responsible for with this football team, as his response to questions asked of him are “…from what I am told” or “it’s my understanding”. The head coach knows everything going on with his team. Even if he is not at the epicenter of a given situation, he knows and speaks as if he IS at the epicenter of said situation. Pat, you aren’t just the mouthpiece for administration of the football team, you are the voice, pulse, and (should be) heart of your locker room! You should know and speak without question or hint of misunderstanding everything that is happening with your team when questioned about it. The occasional post-game “I haven’t had a chance to talk in depth with the trainers about so-and-so” is accepted. But it shouldn’t have been your understanding that Peyton Hillis missed a game with strep throat. It should have been declared that it was your decision, even if in fact it wasn’t. And things of that nature are becoming all too common way too early with this team this season. And for upper management and the P.R. staff, there is an awful lot of toothpaste getting out of the tube that needs to be back inside.

 

  • Before this post gets any deeper defusing my frustrations with this ballclub I love so, there is a guy in an orange helmet that, if he continues on this pace while staying healthy, should win the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award. D’Qwell Jackson is by far the ONLY Brown playing at a consistently high level every single snap he’s on the field for. While he does have two solid DTs in front of him to keep him cleaner than he’s ever been as a Brown, he is more than making the most of the opportunities that tandem gives him. He is knifing through the line of scrimmage with regularity making plays behind the line of scrimmage, and hustling to the perimeter of the play to make a big tackle. I was curious in the off and pre-season as to whether he would do that once the time came, and he has more than answered my challenge. Love the way that kid is playing right now, and the rest of the league should see and appreciate it as well.

 

  • I’ll stick with the kudos for onemore scant blurb, and say that I was very impressed with how Greg Little answered the call when promoted to the #1 WR spot. He may not have had long stretches of YAC yesterday, but his cntinuous fights for yards after contact and plays that moved the chains are something we’ve not had from a Browns WR in a long time. He may never be a true #1, but he clearly will be, if not already is, for the Browns this season.

 

  • Dimitiri Patterson, you are no Joe Haden. If you need a 9 yard cushion on a consistent basis to cover Jacoby Ford or Darrius Heyward-Bey, you can’t say the kinds of things you told Mary Kay Cabot this past week and expect people to take you seriously. I get you have confidence in yourself. As a pro, you need that. But for us to have it in you, you’d better step your game up.

 

  • Scott Fujita was lost yesterday with a concussion, and may miss some time recovering from that. Newly wealthy Chris Cogong is a nice player, but he was available for a reason. Our best reserve LB went knucklehead Starboyz over a barrier on I-71 last week. Tom Heckert needs to draft about 41 linebackers in April next year. One had best be in the first round, in my humble Gumble opinion.

 

  • Phil Dawson, what happened that you couldn’t kick the ball deeper than one yard in the end zone on a perfectly gorgeous day yesterday? Not saying it was your fault it went 101 back the other direction, but it sure would have helped.

 

  • Who would like to give back that #1 pick in 2012 the Browns got from Atlanta for the chance to go back and re-do the 4th round from 2011? Not to be mean to a couple young kids, but neither of them should have been drafted, let alone in the 4th round. Lawrence Vickers, we miss you.

 

  • It’s past the time for Mike Holmgren to come down from the ivory tower and quell the increasing uncertainty of this team in both the media and fan base. Big Show…speak to us! (Especially those paying four figures for season tickets each year! Or any price for that matter.)

 

  • In closing, it’s time to admit that I’ll never stop being a Browns fan, regardless of otherwise having been one to consistently execute a modicum of common sense. When I was a young boy, my father was once consoling me after a Browns loss that had me distraught. He said “Son, if the Browns were a woman, I’d have left that b*tch a long time ago.” Yet, at the learned age of 63, my father, like me and my son, still loves the Browns, and we will until we draw our last breath. But goddammit Holmgren, I’d like that last breath to come after my grandchildren are born, and not two weeks from now when Hardesty drops his umpteenth pass from McCoy on 3rd and 17! Please…please…un-F this football team!
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