The way the Browns ended the first half of the game speaks volumes. With around :26 seconds left to go, and at least 2 timeouts, instead of attempting to throw downfield and set up a FG, Mangini loses all confidence in his offense, and has them take a knee.
Mangini is from the Belichick tree, but which one? The one that was uprooted from Cleveland, or the Sequoia, with roots firmly planted in New England. Is this why he runs up the middle on 1st and 2nd down, leaving them with a 3rd and long, 'a la Metcalf up the Middle'. The Browns are 6 for 26 on 3rd downs because of this. And what do they do? They run a screen play, or throw the ball to a receiver that has decided to stop just short of the 1st down sticks. Does Josh Cribbs know that you need to go past those markers to run another play? Does OC Brian Daboll?
Defenses are not afraid of our offense, and stack the box. They are prepared for our 'attacking dink & dunk' approach. They keep our players in front of them, and keep us from converting for 1st downs. Funny how Quinn started chucking the ball downfield later in the game. Maybe we should try that earlier, so that these short passes and screens have a chance.
Josh Cribbs is a helluva athlete, but he is not an NFL wide receiver, and it was evident on Sunday. Massaquoi and Robiskie need to be inserted, along with more Furrey to have a fighting chance in the passing game.
Speaking of the passing game, double team Braylon, and what do you have? No play-makers. The best play-maker from last year is in Tampa Bay, which has definitely hurt Quinn, and our offense.
And speaking of Quinn and the offense, I have held steadfast in my belief that the QB competition lasting as long as it did, and the flow of the preseason games, and interchanging QB's at inappropriate times, would ultimately hinder the starter, regardless. And it has. Neither were able to develop a rhythm, or chemistry with anyone on the offense, (a la 'No Chemistry with Edwards' article published everywhere last week at this time). I predicted that the first 2 games of this season would be used to work out ruts, timing, chemistry, etc. Now it could possibly be 3 or 4. These things should have all been worked out in the preseason, with the starting 'O'. That's what preseason is for!
So here we are, 0-2. Feel different than last year? Nope.
Can we grade the draft day trade yet? Not really fair to, but probably.
And what do we have? The Browns have all the fat that was cut (including John St. Clair), thrown on a plate, and Mangini is dressing it up, serving it to the fans.
Well, I'm done eating.
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