The Wildcat, Dez Bryant and Brown Pants

I turned on SportsCenter yesterday and it was reported that the Browns will use a great deal of the Wildcat offense in 2010. The basis for this revelation is in the brilliant play of Joshua Cribbs and the addition of Seneca Wallace, whose ability to run such an offense, would allow the team to expand it’s playbook within this scheme. To that I say, “Give me a break.” I am all for getting Josh Cribbs more touches on offense.

I also don’t mind using a varied bag of tricks to keep the other team guessing. But, the Wildcat is a gimmick. An offense shouldn’t incorporate it “more” only “enough.” What most fans want to see is quality football, not a scheme that attempts to mask an offense’s liabilities. So, if this is the plan, it might be a good idea to use the draft to move this unit in a more traditional direction.

What Holmgren and Mangini need to do is solidify their defense, which they have been doing, and build an offense based on conservative principles that are tried and true. Even in today’s pass happy offensive systems, no team can win without a consistent running game. Look at the Patriots in 2008 and 2009. Also, no team can win by defense and running alone.

Case in point, Baltimore. And, the record shows that the Wildcat is fallible, see Miami. So, for my money, on the 22nd, find a leader for the defense, a receiver to throw to and a running back that can pound the ball in the cold winter along the Erie shore! This is how Division and Conference championships will be won, not by using an offense successful in sunny Miami.

Speaking of a receiver, Dez Bryant’s name was thrown around by Mel Kiper Jr. as a great pick for Cleveland at #7. Despite his sub-par 40 time in recent evaluations, he is becoming a hot commodity at the WR position. His stock is rising quickly. Dez is a hard worker and would definitely provide an immediate lift for the Browns offense.

There is no doubt he is an amazing physical specimen and for the last few years put Oklahoma St. in the national spotlight. Dez is a slam dunk for some NFL team and if the Browns take him, the pick won’t be a waste. But, I still feel the overall idea of picking Eric Berry if he’s still on the board would be the best way to go with that first pick.

Finally, can we call an end to the “Brown Pants” experiment in Cleveland. At first they were neat, but they shouldn’t stay. If the team is going to wear solid color pants, they should be orange. But, this should be done sparingly. Brown on White and White on White should be the primary uniform combinations on any particular Sunday! This is serious. We need a bandwagon here.

The Brown pants should go he way of the mediocre team that was wearing them. Hopefully from 2010 forward, forgotton, except as a small painful footnote mentioned in this team’s history.

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2 Responses to “The Wildcat, Dez Bryant and Brown Pants”

  1. dale says:

    I have no problem with us working the WC in now and then to take advantage of Cribbs and Wallace’s athletic ability as long we don’t overdo it. As far as Dez Bryant is concerned,I think he would be great as long as he doesn’t turn out to be a immature,pass dropping titty baby like Braylon! I also hate the brown pants with a passion. Sorry,but I have no love for the orange pants either. I like the traditional Cleveland Browns uniform.

  2. Denolakes says:

    Both Wallace and Cribbs can play receiver in weird formations and plays. Remember the pass to BQ last year? I could see a quick snap to either Wallace or Cribbs, with the other running a sideline or an out pattern (out of bounds as quickly as possible after catching but before contact). And, I like the brown pants, although I did not at first. We are stuck with brown as a team color, so we have to make the best of it. Maybe add a couple of stripes, or the Brownie logo along the waistline. Even the orange pants now and again. Uniforms don’t mean anything. We’ve been wearing the traditional stuff since we’ve been back — and it hasn’t changed a thing.

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