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Looking Ahead

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The 27-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday didn’t signify the end of the world. Actually, despite the team’s struggles and Derek Anderson’s mediocre performance, this team took some important steps forward. It is hard to find the rainbow in the midst of such stomach churning losses, but as this team edges to the bye week, they are that much closer to the second half of their schedule where real opportunities to win and win at home exist.

First and foremost, it was good to see Mohamed Massaquoi show signs of being a legitimate #1 receiver. His 43-yard pass reception in the third quarter helped set up a Browns one yard touchdown pass. It’s a start for a rookie that shows great promise. His draft mate Brian Robiskie also made his first pro reception, even though his performance was uneven and at times shaky. But, if these two guys are our future, they have to start somewhere and playing against one of our fiercest rivals is as good a place as any.

The defense continues to make plays. McDonald and Bowens recorded sacks. Rookie linebacker Kaluka Maiava forced a fumble in the third quarter that was recovered by David Bowens who was all over the field while Alex Hall and Abram Elam both recovered fumbles as well. Brodney Pool posted his ninth career interception. These plays show me that these guys are being active and aggressive. They are becoming more comfortable playing in Ryan’s defense and more comfortable playing together. This is a good sign. We are just a few playmakers on defense short of being very competitive.

The quarterback position is the biggest issue. There isn’t much hope there. But, after the bye week, whoever is starting should be able to make enough plays to steal victories over Detroit, Kansas City and Oakland. With a lot of work, competing against Cincinnati and Jacksonville is well within this groups range and with all the trouble they’ve seen in the first half, as a group they should have enough character to get them into the win column against these foes as well.

Things aren’t as dark as they may appear. These are professional athletes and they are improving. That isn’t to say that the 2010 draft isn’t of monumental importance, but this year isn’t one to just throw away yet. The Packers and Bears loom just before the bye, expect to see two more losses. But, expect that our team will continue to grow. Those last eight games will be worth watching. If for nothing else than watching how this young team develops.

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2 Responses to “Looking Ahead”

  1. ButchGavlen says:

    well i actually think they played better than i expected, and better than the steelers expected. the foourth down marking was called correct by the refs; the first couple times the showed it i too was saying, hey, it’s the wrong call. But it was indeed the angle when i looked at it again, before it was brought to the media’s attention. But there were still a lot of holding calls overlooked by the refs not called against Pit, while they seem to nit-pic the browns.
    but most importantly was the news that the browns have finally hired Bernie as a consultant. they should take their time as to where and how to use him, and let him fell his way in and i personally would like to see him become first QB coach (for Quinn) and then eventually OC. Daboll can find a worthy place, i’m sure. but once again, did you all see when Da one time looked right befor throwing left, all the D secondary started toward his fake, and his real target was wide open. but he only did it once. like it’s too hard for him. and say what you will, there is some reason EVERYONE keeps dropping his passes. sure, BQ had a couple drops, but nothing like this. and give BQ the rest of the season already, and lets see him against something other than what is turning out to be the best teams in the league!

  2. Denolakes says:

    It’s not far enough in to judge whether the teams Cleveland has played are the “best teams in the league.” Baltimore has dropped 3 straight. Denver is playing way over their collective heads. Cincy is much improved — but not near the tall timber of the NFL. Minnesota and Pittsburgh are certainly worthy of falling in that group. But, this is quibbling over nothing, really. Schedule, schmedule. These guys are rummies. 10 years in — and this is what we get. This team has no consistency in its approach. There is no “philosophy” that permeates the organization, that drives everything from coaching to drafts to how they play. 10 plays of 20+ yards and 2 that went for 19 yards — over 300 yards of offense from 12 plays and Pittsburgh ran over 50 plays! This isn’t professional football we are being forced to watch. I don’t know yet what it is — but it not professional football.

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