Bears vs. Browns: Cleveland's Biggest Winners and Losers from Preseason Week 4

David DeWitt@TheRevDeWittContributor IIIAugust 31, 2012

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 30: Head coach Pat Shurmur of the Cleveland Browns argues a call by officials during the second quarter of a preseason game against the Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns Stadium on August 30, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns went 2-2 in the preseason, with two wins on the road and two losses at home.

They could make it up to the home crowd with a shocker Sept. 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The 28-20 slugfest was chock-a-block full of gaffes, blunders and bloopers.

But it should be noted that the Browns were sitting 20 starters, including the entire offensive line, while the Bears sat 35.

So, who stood out and who fell by the wayside?



Josh Cribbs

Cribbs continued to show he can make plays.

Cribbs regularly gets dismissed as a WR, but he consistently shows up to make plays when he's called upon.

Not that the number is anything impressive, but he co-led the team with four TDs last year.


Brandon Jackson

He repeatedly made more plays and looked more impressive than Montario Hardesty. Plus, Jackson is known to have soft hands, while drops plagued Hardesty in 2011.

Jackson, a 2007 second-round pick by the Packers at No. 63, should move above Hardesty, the Browns' No. 59 pick in 2010, on the depth chart.

Whether he will remains to be seen.

Jackson teamed up with QB Seneca Wallace and Cribbs for a well-executed 80-yard TD drive late in the second quarter.


Adonis Thomas

He did the impossible and brought a modicum of excitement to the fourth quarter of the fourth preseason game with a 64-yard run.

Thomas has had a very nice preseason and has been much more noticeable than, say, Chris Ogbonnaya.

Several plays later, he jumped over the pile for a TD at the goal line.




Defensive backs

James Dockery missed a coverage early, but made up for it in good fashion on the very next play with a nice swat.

But later he got flagged for two different pass interference penalties, though one was fairly questionable.

And rookie Trevin Wade also had a nice break-up on a deep out route near the end zone early in the first quarter, but then on the first play of the next series got beat by Dane Sanzenbacher on a TD, even with tight coverage.

Even camp star David Sims was beat for a TD on a slant by the Bears' Armando Allen.


Montario Hardesty

Hardesty struggled mightily again, but this time no fumbles.

He turned in six carries for 24 yards, compared to seven for 48 by competitor Jackson.


Colt McCoy

He only played a quarter, but McCoy's 119.1 passer rating took a thrashing after he turned in a 9.2 passer performance, including two of five attempts for 16 yards, one INT and zero TDs.

Still, overall this wasn't a make-or-break performance for McCoy, but he reminded a lot of people of the problems of 2011.

HC Pat Shurmur talked after the game about the backup QB situation, saying: "I know what I want to do. I'm just not telling you. I'm allowed." (


Special teams

Special teams also suffered the second blocked punt in as many games.

This time WR Rod Windsor got shoved back into P Reggie Hodges' kick.

Considering Windsor looks like a long shot to make the 53-man anyway—even with a good TD Thursday night—Browns fans shouldn't read too much into this yet.

At halftime, Shurmur said, "Hopefully what we see tonight will make our decisions tougher."

For some, yes. For others, maybe not so much.


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