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Week 1 is a Browns Loss

If today was a one half game, the Browns would have won it. They outplayed the Vikings in the first half. The biggest problem I saw was the play calling. Quinn tried some fantastically stupid gadget plays. Not a single one of them worked. Lewis averaged over 5 yards per carry but they only gave him the ball 11 times. Furrey didn’t have a ball thrown to him until the 2nd half.

I looked at the pass thrown to Edwards that he was interfered with several times and it looked to me like he got both feet down in bounds. We had a decent pass rush today, to go along with 4 sacks. I thought I saw Elam get 2 sacks, coming around the outside. Stats show one. In my pre game report I said something about Cribbs running a KO return back for a TD. Sorry. It was a punt return.

We had 8 penalties again for 66 yards. Anything more than illegal procedure came in the 2nd half, except for one penalty on Edwards for blocking above the waist. A big problem I thought was the continuous running on 2nd and 8 or 9. We always seemed to end up 3rd and anywhere from 6 – 10 yards. It seemed the Browns coaches were nervous when Quinn got to 3rd down and wouldn’t let him air it out.

We had a lot of passes and runs that came up a little short. You need to trust your QB. Another play, Rogers had a sack for a 6 yard loss, but there was a holding call. I would have taken the penalty and gave Minnesota 2nd and 16 instead of 1st and 20, since they declined the penalty.

Missed opportunities were also a problem. Lewis had a 14 yard run and the very next play he had an 8 yard run. Second down and 2. Quinn throws an interception when he expected Edwards to go outside, instead he went inside. Quinn also scrambled to his left and attempted a pass that slipped out of his hands for a fumble. Minnesota recovered.

Lewis looked good when he’d take the hand off and stutter step a second and wait for the hole to open, then pop through the hole. I can’t understand why they got away from running him. As we all remember, that’s what the Browns did the last couple years. Quinn completed 60% of his passes. We scored our 1st offensive TD in ages. Royal and Furrey each caught 4 passes. Lewis averaged over 5 yards per carry. We had 4 sacks.

Cribbs had a 67 punt return for a TD. Elam led the team with 7 solo tackles, and D”Qwell lead in total tackles with 9. I still don’t like to see the defensive backs leading the team in tackles.

A lot of people are calling Minnesota a playoff team this year, so we did ok with all the changes we made this year. Could have and should have been better. We still need to cut down on penalties. I know, yadda yadda yadda. You’ve heard it every week since last season. Too bad the team doesn’t hear it.

Finally, I did not see a single screen pass. I thought they put that into our arsenal. Like I said earlier. Mangini is only a .500 coach and I still haven’t seen anything to make me trust him yet. How can the offensive coordinator call such stupid plays. I remember one other offensive coach named Todd Grantham that got fired for his offensive prowess. Let’s hope Daboll gets it together. The season is still early. We have plenty of areas that need work, so Coach Obama let’s get it together. GO BROWNS!!!

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3 Responses to “Week 1 is a Browns Loss”

  1. Bob says:

    My take on week 1, what did I expect? (the same outcome)
    Looking in Browns book of records, Kosars’ stats were below par for his 4th start, so maybe Quinn will do a bit more in the weeks to come.

    Overall i gave the “D” an A in the first half, and a F- in the second half, which I can put on Ryan. The D should have played the same plan in the 1st half until it was exposed, then changed, not to what they changed to. The Offensive game plan should have been the same with Royals, more screens to Vickers Lewis and Davis, then expose the agressiveness with Edwards and Cribbs. I was happy with special teams play for the most part, giving them a “B” The 1st half shows promise (I hope)for the future. Overall I give the Browns a D- for this game, and hope they do better next week in Denver.
    Live, Eat, Sleep Browns Football…. Go Browns!

  2. ButchGavlen says:

    pretty much what you’d expect. now lets see improvment every week

  3. Dennis Thompson says:

    The greatest improvement is typically between week one and week two. We’ll know a lot more at the end of next Sunday. I’m willing to adopt a “wait-and-see” attitude until then. Lots of pretty good QBs looked pretty shaky in the early years. But, tackling still remains absurdly poor. Execution on offense looks amateurish and on defense too often non-existent. And, they did try a screen which Minnesota blew up with a monster rush — which is precisely the type of thing the screen is supposed to exploit. No hurry-up offense to speak of. It seems to me it would have kept those big defensive tackles running & gas them out — especially on drives where they were running and moving the ball. Line’em up and run it again — or play action. Whatever. I have never won an NFL game yet, so what do I know?

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