Considering the weather outside, I think it's appropriate enough to remember one of Dawson's many miraculous kicks this season, particularly in the latter part of the season.
Things have really quieted down in free agency after the signing of Stallworth (although the Browns did fork over quite a bit of money to Shaun Rogers). In the past several days, I've read numerous columns from people at ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and Yahoo Sports, most of which have stated that the Browns were not only big winners in free agency, but could now even be in the hunt for the Super Bowl.
Back things up a bit.
Before free agency, things looked very gloomy for us because all of the "big-time defensive linemen" were either being franchised or re-signed by their teams. Then, after a couple of surprising trades, we upgraded better than anyone could've imagined with Rogers and Corey Williams. We didn't upgrade to the point where we are going to be as dominant as the New York Giants' defensive line was, but we should be at the point now where Mel Tucker can actually look around and think, "I've got something to work with."But still, something is missing on the defensive side of the ball: depth. For the past two-three seasons, I've claimed that the Browns' linebackers haven't been able to live up to their potential because the defensive line was extraordinarily weak. I think Kamerion Wimbley will take a step forward this season, but this could be the year in which we determine who our core middle linebackers will be. If Andra Davis continues to make tackles only five-seven yards down the field, you can't imagine him staying here much longer. If D'Qwell Jackson is nothing more than average, then we'll still be lacking something when teams try to attack the middle. Remember, Rogers will only be able to do so much. Whatever he can't do, our linebackers will need to do. Most of us were convinced last season that Willie McGinest was done, and Antwan Peek seemed to be nursing an injury every week. That potentially leaves two vulnerable middle linebackers and a gap at the outside linebacker position.