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Posted by Oct - 28 - 2012 0 Comment

Just some quick post-game thoughts…

  • First and foremost, as a guy who is anything but a Pat Shurmur supporter, the play calling today was solid. Today’s weather conditions dictated a run-heavy game plan. Against the #1 rush defense in the league, you could see where Pat would have tried to throw it at every opportunity but he didn’t. Surprising, considering the times when one would have figured he would have more balance yet continued to throw the ball around. But today he didn’t, and his team executed to the point of exceeding the typical yards allowed by the Chargers’ D – 78 per game – by halftime. And while the Browns failed to end any other drive between the TD and the kneel down with anything aside from a punt, the play calling continually put the Browns in positions to succeed. You won’t probably get me to change my mind on Shurmur, but in the confines of today’s efforts, it was a well called game, especially on offense.
  • Billy Wynn is looking more and more like a draft day steal each week.
  • TRich – that’s the way, son.
  • Josh Cooper. You wanna stay in the bigs? Ya gotta catch those balls, whether it’s raining or not. You’re better than that.
  • Greg Little…we’ve had this conversation.
  • What impressed me about the Browns defense today was how different guys stepped up all over to make a play when they absolutely needed one. Wynn eary in the game. T.J. Ward played the run and pass well today. JMJ showed out. Jabaal Sheard was disruptive. Buster Skrine’s left hand deflection sealed the game. On a defense with only one guy close to being a star, it takes all out effort across the roster to win games like today’s. I don’t care what the weather was like. You hold the Chargers to two field goals, you did a helluva job.
  • He’s played 8 games, but each week I grow more and more confident in Brandon Weeden. Today was a day where it could have been a turnover fiesta. And while he gets his share of passes batted down, he’s not making mistakes with the football. Today, he was a smart caretaker of the ball, and didn’t make mistakes that could have easily happened in the aforementioned conditions. He is starting to consistently show the maturity of his age, and we still have to realize that this kid still has only played 8 NFL games. Is he a franchise guy? That book is still out on him. But he’s good enough to not worry about the QB position anytime soon.
  • Josh Cribbs, you have to do a better job ensuring your team’s field position. You and the Browns got lucky today with some of your decisions on punts. A veteran of your caliber should know better. You get a pass today, but your clock I fear is ticking.
  • The Browns O-line is really starting to look like a nice unit. There are still mistakes, but they are fewer and further between. Whats more, they are executing some nice traps and sweeps. Young, athletic linemen should be able to, and they are showing that more and more each week. I like it.
  • Phil Dawson. I hope you enjoyed an easy day at the office. Lord knows you’ve more than earned it.
  • Despite the win and his effective play, Brandon Weeden will be up all night replaying that overthrown ball to Watson on the opening drive in his head. Franchise QBs make that throw with Ray Lewis in their face.
  • Jimmy Haslam looked restless in his seat on the outside of his owner’s box. Given his expressions over the last two weeks, it’s safe to say any Stiller blood that may have coursed through his veins in recent years has been transfused with brown and orange. Things are going to be vastly different around here, that’s for damn sure.
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