Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
No you don't!
Defensive coordinator Dick Jauron has himself a defense. This unit broke up 12 passes, notched four interceptions and hit Michael Vick 11 times. And Michael Vick is not easy to hit.
They also forced three fumbles, including the one that just may have been in orange hands at the bottom of that pile, no matter what the replacement refs said.
Of 56 Philadelphia passes, only 29 hit their targets. The last time I checked, Michael Vick can’t claim rookie-QB status—ergo, excellent defense.
And all of those holding penalties on the Philly O-line? The result of pretty decent pressure by the Browns front seven.
On the other side of the coin, the Browns allowed four Eagles ball-carriers to rack up 150 rushing yards.
Had Andy Reid given LeSean McCoy the ball more regularly earlier in the contest, he might have had 150 all by himself instead of a mere 110. Hmmm.
All in all, for a group with a rookie playing DT, two UFA rookies at linebacker and a starting corner lost to injury (Sheldon Brown), not too shabby.
So, buck up, Dawg Pounders—it ain’t all bad!