I would like to wish all Cleveland Browns fans a Happy Thanksgiving! We couldn't ask for a better weekend weather-wise in the Cleveland area, and on top of the delicious food we are going to have today, there are three great football games on tap: Green Bay vs. Detroit, Miami vs. Dallas, and San Francisco vs. Baltimore.
At 4-6, there are still things to be thankful for during the Browns' 2011-2012 season. In no particular order, here are five things I am thankful for this holiday season...
- I'm thankful for the fact that D'Qwell Jackson has stayed healthy after two years of injuries, providing a stable and playmaking force in the middle of our defense. He leads the team in tackles for losses at 9, has 5 quarterback hits, 1 interception, and 2 fumbles recovered to go along with 2.5 sacks.
- I'm thankful for the drafting of Jabaal Sheard and Phil Taylor in April's draft. While the duo have not been as hot as they were to begin the year, they've given us reason to be optimistic about the future and helped shore up a unit that we thought would be the weakest on the team this season after the release of Shaun Rogers, Kenyon Coleman, and Robaire Smith.
- I'm thankful for cornerback Joe Haden, who has had an incredible 16 passes defended and has helped Cleveland be the No. 1 ranked pass defense in the NFL. It's nice to have a cornerback like Haden, where when fans complain about him, it's because he might have allowed...a first down versus three touchdowns to Anquan Boldin.
- I'm thankful for Joshua Cribbs, who with four receiving touchdowns leads the team with the most scores since Braylon Edwards' big season awhile back. In a season where Peyton Hillis and Eric Steinbach have been sorely missed, Cribbs has done his best to be the inspirational leader of the team.
- I'm thankful for the fact that we don't have a quarterback controversy. No matter how good or bad you think Colt McCoy is doing, we're only six games away from having a starting quarterback play all 16 games for the first time in a decade.
What are you thankful for about the Browns?