Football coaches say their teams improve the most from the first to the second game. In the case of the Browns’ offense, this shouldn’t be hard to do. Playing ultra conservative is not going to win many games when you give up 34 points.
Eric Mangini got a good look at the kind of offense he wants while watching the Minnesota Vikings. A strong running game complimented by a quarterback who knows how to manage the game.
Brady Quinn should show improvement this week against Denver after getting more reps with the starters in practice. The lack of chemistry with the wide receivers showed against the Vikings as Edwards(1), Cribbs(2), Furry(4) and Massaquoi(1) caught only eight of Quinn”s 21 completions. Most of the time Quinn preferred to dump the ball off to a running back, which shows a lack of confidence in hitting his receivers. He seemed unsettled all game which is not good if you are the starting quarterback. You have to understand, Quinn only received about half the snaps in preseason that he should have got for a starting QB. Couple Quinn’s meager work load with the starters, along with opening up against the Minnesota Vikings, and you have a recipe for disaster.
This week against Denver, we should see a more settled Brady Quinn and a smoother run offense. Hopefully the Browns will have their full compliment of running backs to make Quinn’s job easier. With rookie center Alex Mack having his first game under his belt should help as well. As long as the defense does their job and the Browns aren’t in a shootout, we should see a much improved offense from Cleveland.
Comings and goings - Cleveland released LB Leon Williams and DB Sheldon Smith while signing OL Billy Yates and WR Ray Ventrone.