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10 Things I Think I Know After 2 Weeks

  1. Coach Shurmur is one happy camper.   Getting that first win is a wonderful achievement, and don’t think for a minute that it was not a quality win.  Even with Kerry Collins, the Colts have many tremendous players and more overall talent than our rebuilding Browns
  2. Dick Jauron gets the monkey of his back too.  He is a solid DC.  Holding those first few drives to FGs instead of TDs was huge, and allowed our offense some time to get our stuff together.   Some people may miss the uber aggressive Rob Ryan – but at least for the Colt’s -  I am loving the “bend but don’t break stuff” that kept us in the game.   My gut feel is that last year we make a mistake and lose that game.
  3. I am bullish on Shurmur as he demonstrated rare patience for a rookie coach.   Before Peyton Hillis broke the Colt’s back by stomping them on the way to a 24 yard touchdown run, he had 21 carries and 54 yards.   His long run?  5 yards – no lie.  Picking up a yard on 3rd and 1 was proving difficult.  That was a beautiful call that showed a real patience and feel for the game.
  4. To say the Browns are running a WCO is inaccurate.  What is accurate to say is that we are trying to run the WCO.  Right now the offense is completely out of synch.   The only facet that resembles a WCO is a flare or 2 to Hillis or Cribbs.  Colt is not throwing timing routes.  The WRs are not running quick and effective crossing routes, and the OL may be the worst of the offensive units and a root cause of the lack of timing.
  5. Those who knock Colt McCoy are not paying attention (Homer alert!).    Because of the offensive struggles, Colt is running for his life.  Almost every big play is a result of breakdown that Colt escapes, and then locates a receiver.   While we get this thing together, his “escapability” and accuracy on the run are big reasons why we have had some passing success.  Another gut feel, but I think we lose against the Colts with any QB we have had over the last 4 years, and I have no idea why I am stopping there.  Still – the big challenge for Shurmur is that there are more big plays produced after the play breaks down than as a result of the offense.   
  6. I do not think the OL is hopeless.  First of all, this unit requires more teamwork and communication than any other unit.  Secondly, if Pashos comes back (big if) and if he is good (bigger if) we will improve both the LG and RT spot.   I think Pinkston is a bigger weakness than Hicks, as sometimes he just completely whiffs on his block.   I think these breakdowns – really hurt the confidence and timing of the passing game.   Hard to get ticked at Pinkston – we are asking a lot of a 5th rounder.
  7.  Is it possible to be happier with the DL through 2 games?  Tooba and Taylor look like they may be a force for a long time and finally fix our run defense.  Mitchell is showing some stoutness and Sheard really rebounded nicely from the Cincy game.   If you are going to make mistakes, make em while you are busting your arse – and that is what Sheard does.  I am completely shocked that it is possible that the DL has been the best unit on the Browns.
  8. DQ is even a bigger surprise than the DL.   Leadership, guts, and effort, are the words that jump to mind.  Having that leadership on the field and making plays – has a tremendous impact on the overall defensive performance.
  9. The WRs are a disappointment.   I really thought they would be better.  At this point in time, I think it is imperative to get the WRs on the field that can deliver YAC.  While Cribbs is raw, I think we have no choice but for Josh to lead the WRs in snaps.   Certainly the OL has contributed to the disappointment.  Certainly they have not been in sync with Colt and this is probably 50% on Colt.
  10. We are playing the entire 2011 season for 2012.  Finding out if we have a QBOTF is a higher priority that wins and losses.  Developing those young pups on the DL into a monster unit is a higher priority than wins and losses.    Seeing what we have in the WR is important.   I look for Shurmur and the Browns to improve week to week on the WCO, and to be the most entertaining team we have seen since 2007.  I think the Browns ceiling is prox 7-9 – but we will all be excited on their 2012 potential.  BTW Browns nip the Dolphins on their final offensive drive 24-23.  Go Browns.

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