It’s a day later and our head is still spinning from the Browns crazy win over the Saints. We can’t remember the last time the Browns went on the road and left the home team leaving the field with boos ringing in their heads.
We’ve been trying all day to come up with a way to describe Colt McCoy’s first two games and the best we can do is “satisfied.” While not putting up any gaudy stats, McCoy did what you’d want your third-string quarterback to do, plus a little bit more. He didn’t make any major mistakes, never looked in over his head, and left us knowing that if he has to come back into a game this season we won’t be seeing the return of Spergon Wynn, Todd Philcox, Luke McCown, Ken Dorsey or any of the other retreads the Browns have trotted out over the years.
And McCoy was the only rookie quarterback to post a win on Sunday. Sam Bradford only had 126 passing yards in a loss to Tampa Bay, Tim Tebow (Denver) and Jimmy Clausen (Carolina) didn’t even play, and Max Hall (Arizona) was 4-of-16 for 36 yards before leaving the game with an injury.
Having said all that, there’s still no reason for the Browns to deviate from the plan to essentially redshirt McCoy this year. If Seneca Wallace and/or Jake Delhomme are healthy coming out of the bye, or as soon as they are, they should go back to being the top two quarterbacks. The Browns came up with the plan in the preseason after evaluating what’s best for McCoy and the team and we’d hate to see them go away from that in a haste of emotion.
Terry Pluto made an interesting point in his Sunday PD column when he pointed out that wide receiver Brian Robiskie was on the field for 48 of 61 snaps against Pittsburgh, but only had two catches for 13 yards. Looking at the tapes, the coaches said Robiskie was not getting open “quick enough.”
Well, that’s what happens when you don’t have NFL-caliber speed. The same can be said for Mohamed Massaquoi. It’s a big part of the reason why the wide receiving group is so poor.
One receiver who does have speed is Carlton Mitchell, but we haven’t seen him yet. He must really be bad in practice if he can’t get on the field with this group, especially when Yamon Figurs can see action – nice trip on his end around – after being picked up during the week.
Where was Evan Moore on Sunday?
The Browns reportedly released running back James Davis on Monday, replacing him with running back Thomas Clayton off of New England’s practice squad.
If the Browns weren’t going to play Davis it makes sense to release him; no need to have him take up a roster spot. But that leaves the running back position awful thin behind Peyton Hillis and we have to wonder with Hillis’ style of play if he can stay healthy the rest of the way and what it would mean to the running game if he went down.
Maybe Reggie Hodges can be a feature back?
For those still wondering why Jerome Harrison’s inability to consistently pick up the blitz was a problem, take a look at the injury to Tony Romo in last night’s Cowboys game. The fullback completely whiffed on the blitz pick up and now Romo’s out 6-8 weeks.
Not sure what is going on with the Browns secondary but they are still having communication problems. Could just be growing pains with two rookies seeing significant playing time; could be a bigger problem. Hopefully it’s something the defensive coaches can work out during the extra time with the bye week.
Pittsburgh and Baltimore are going to be really tough to beat this year if opposing teams have to beat not only them but also the refs. The call on Ben Rothlisberger’s non-fumble at the goal line was horrible. And in overtime, the Ravens stopped a Buffalo receiver near mid-field and rather than blow the play dead the refs just stood around until the Ravens stripped the ball. If they are not going to call the player down because of forward progress in that spot, what’s the point of having that rule?
Finally, while we’d all like it if the Browns record was better than 2-5, it would be very hard for someone to argue that the team is not slowly improving and trending in the right direction.
Since starting 1-11 last year, the Browns have gone 6-5. Compare that to some other teams that the media decided where “up and coming” before the season started:
- After staring 6-0 last season, Josh McDaniels was hailed as a genius in Denver. Since then the Broncos have gone 4-13, with a 2-9 mark in their last 11 games.
- Seemingly everyone wanted to crown San Francisco as division champs in the preseason, apparently because Mike Singletary wears a giant cross and has crazy eyes. Yet in their last 11 games the 49ers are only 4-7.
- The Dolphins were supposed to be challenging for a division crown this year but are only 5-6 over their past 11 games.
- Even Detroit got some love before the season started despite a 1-10 record through their past 11 games.
So even though it seems like the Browns are sometimes moving at a glacial pace, things are getting turned around.
And come Sunday at 1, there will be a void in NE Ohio with no Browns game because of the bye.
When was the last time we could say that?