Game 3 was rough, we were down 14-0 before the end of the first quarter. There was little excitement until late in the game when we pulled close briefly. The end result was depressing thoughts of rebuilding after another possible coach turnover and suffering 13 more games of this.
Game 4 brought much more hope. Going into the game, the Browns were 12 point dogs to the Ravens. The team battled the whole game, while I watched from bed after enduring a horrible stomach bug. Since I got to watch at home I was able to pay quite a bit more attention to our team. I’ll take advantage to break down the team as I saw it.
QB- Weeden looked solid. He hit his targets and made good reads. He had one interception that I’m sure he wants back. That turned into the difference in the game. With us driving, he through a late out pattern that was picked for a TD. He suffered several drops from Little and Norwood.
WR – That brings us to the WR. Little had several nice catches, but at least two drops. Norwood also dropped a couple. Travis Benjamin was a bright spot. I think he had one drop, but several very nice catches. Cribbs also lit up the team early until he left the game after a scary hit. I was happy just to have him walk off the field. I think Mo Mass was out with a concussion. I’m wondering why Gordon hasn’t stepped up with the rest of the crew either injured or dropping passes.
OL – The O line did a good job. The 2 misses I recall was a holding on Joe Thomas that negated a first down and stalled the drive and a missed block by our new RT Schwartz that allowed a sack. Otherwise, they were pretty decent, giving protection and allowing TR to run.
RB – Trent Richardson looks like the real deal. He runs hard and catches the ball well. I’ve heard calls for him to get more screens and finally saw one this game. It turned into a big game. Until the passing game gets going, I think we need to look at short patterns to get him the ball. Otherwise, teams just keep stacking the box against us.
DL – D line played well, pressuring Flacco. I was really happy with the play of Billy Winn, our 6th round pick from Boise St. It’ll be interesting to see how he fits in when Phil Taylor returns from his torn pectoral. No need to rush him back now.
LB – Nothing significant comes to mind. DQ played a solid game.
CB – We desparately need Haden back from suspension. It’ll be interesting to see if Patterson is a reliable #2. I thought Skrine played well. Flacco was just able to thread the needle and beat fairly good coverage. I expect a first or second round pick for CB next year.
S – Ward hasn’t been the hard hitting safety that WRs fear. I didn’t get a chance to scope out Eric Hagg.
Still a very young team that I now have some hope for. I’d like to see the coaching staff stick around for another year to see what happens with a little stability from the front office. We’ll see. I’m predicting 3-13 now for the year.