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Preseason Ends With a 26-23 Loss to Chicago

Browns had their final pre season game of the 2009 – 2010 season, a 26-23 loss at the hands of the Bears. We had a lot of highlights and a lot of plays you don’t want to see on the highlight film. The 1st play of the game, Ratliff throws an interception. Defense holds up and the Bears settle for a FG. Ratliff had one good play the entire game. A 7 yard TD pass to Massaquoi, which gave us a 7-3 lead. Davis had a 21 and a 9 yard run in the series.

Davis looked good and averaged over 7 yards per carry. Jennings looked good at times also. Several times he was wrapped up and got away for more yards. Bartel looked good as he was 12-14 for 137 yards. Lawson also looked real good on returns. 8 receivers caught passes. The QB’s keep spreading the ball around. Bartel also had a 1 yard run for a TD. After his TD run in the 3rd quarter the Browns went to sleep. They did basically nothing after that.

The defense had it’s moments too. We had 4 sacks and an interception. Schaefering had 2 sacks, Hall and Williams each had 1. Mike Adams had the lone interception. The D only gave up 99 yards rushing, with a long run of 11 yards. I think the run D is tightening up. The D backfield is still playing a little loose. They need to tighten the coverage a bit. We had 1 fumble recovery and 1 interception.

Special teams looked decent with Lawson as the highlight. He had several nice returns. He ran both, the KO’s and punts back. Dawson had a 50 yard FG along with 2 others and he had 2 XP’s. KO coverage was tough except for one 50 yard return. Punt return coverage was lacking as they gave up a 38 yard return to Knox. Zastudil also averaged almost 48 yards per punt.

Now the negatives. Ratliff sucked. His first pass was intercepted. He should have had at least one more. His accuracy was way off. The QB’s both stood in the pocket too long on a few plays and instead of stepping out of the pocket they got sacked. You can not stand in the pocket for 5 seconds and expect not to get hit. Now the worst. Penalties!! Stupid penalties!! Bernard gets hit with a 15 yarder for hitting the Bears running back way out of bounds, Zastudil drops a punt at the 1 yard line but its called back for illegal formation, Adams intercepts a pass and gets flagged for taunting, after Jennings has a good run he’s flagged for un sportsmanlike for throwing the ball, then a holding penalty, and a pass interference call on Coye. Now, I thought the call on DA, last game, was the stupidest, and I was ready to award him with the “BOZO” of pre season, but tonight we had a topper.

Tra Battle ran out of bounds on the punt without being forced out of bounds. 5 yard penalty, but I have never heard of that penalty unless he makes the tackle. We had 76 yards in penalties compared to 25 for Chicago. Penalties were the killer tonight, and Ratliff didn’t help the Brownies cause. 10 days until the season starts against Bret Favre and the Vikings. Let’s make the right choices for final cuts and move on. Let’s make it a decent and improved year. GO BROWNS !!!!



  1. Clayton

    September 4, 2009 at 6:33 am

    Absent the penalties, I don’t think this was a game to be embarassed about. The biggest positives were Davis (again) and the defense, both pass rush and against the run. Losing by three points against a Team that Peter King predicts will go to the Super Bowl and with our 3rd string QB getting a lot of action is not bad. Now the real football begins.

  2. ButchGavlen

    September 4, 2009 at 8:31 am

    I agree. It felt good,and they seem to correct mistakes weekly and improve. Should be at least some exciting moments this year, and hopefully they’ll do better than expected.

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