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Cleveland Wins In Spite Of Their Offense

BEREA, OH - MAY 02: Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll of the Cleveland Browns talks with a player during rookie mini camp at the Cleveland Browns Training and Administrative Complex on May 2, 2009 in Berea, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
gary wertmanCorrespondent IOctober 11, 2009

It's been hard  for Cleveland to get a win this year. They have had to over come not only their opponent but their own offense. How long can this continue? Eric Mangini needs to take a long, hard look at coordinator Brian Daboll and what they're trying to do on offense. The play calling has been so predictable it's unreal.

Quarterback Derek Anderson continues to prove he's not a starting QB. Anderson went 2 for 17 for 23 yards. To his credit, he suffered from a few drops, but he's still horrible. Jamal Lewis ran hard against the Bills, gaining 117 yards on 31 carries. Josh Cribbs had one carry for 31 yards. Why Cribbs does not get at least 10 carries a game is a mystery.

Dave Zastudil's punting, 9 for a 42.9 average, kept Buffalo bottled up deep in their own end all game long. Once again Blake Costanzo comes up with a fumble on special teams. His recovery led to the game winning field goal by Billy Cundiff with under a minute to go in the game. Mike Adams had a nice game covering punts and on defense.

Defensively, Eric Wright is becoming one of the better cornerbacks in the NFL. Wright did a nice job covering Terrell Owens and had an interception. Kameron Wimbley recorded a sack and had 10 tackles as well. D'Qwell Jackson played a nice game with 13 tackles while nursing a hamstring injury. It looks like Cleveland's defense is starting to come around and along with the special teams are carrying the Browns.

With Pittsburg up next, it's high time this offense starts playing like they belong in the NFL.


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