Cleveland Browns Football: Better Than Expected?

gary wertmanCorrespondent IAugust 17, 2010

GREEN BAY - AUGUST 14: Brian Robiskie #80 of the Cleveland Browns makes a touchdown catch during the NFL preseason game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field August 14, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Tom Dahlin/Getty Images)
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Could the “so-called” experts be wrong about the Cleveland Browns this year? It is real easy to say Cleveland will finish at the bottom in the AFC North this year. That’s a safe and easy prediction. No homework needed.

After watching the Browns in their first preseason game against Green Bay last Saturday, they did not look like a last place team. In fact, they looked like a hungry team.

The Browns are a much better team than they were last year at this time. The game against the Packers was very exciting to watch.

Last year we were hoping and praying that one of our quarterbacks would look like he wanted the job.

We had a full blown quarterback controversy involving two bad quarterbacks.

Against Green Bay, I was amazed at how good both Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace looked. Don’t tell me it was just a preseason game. Every game counts when you are trying to build a winning attitude.

Did anyone notice how much better the receivers looked? The passes were where they were supposed to be and on time. That makes a huge difference.

Cleveland has several weapons in the passing game. Look for the ball to be spread around much more than in the last few years. I’m telling you, watch out for Evan Moore.

The first team offensive line played well, providing good protection for both Delhomme and Wallace. Rookie Shawn Lauvao started at right guard.

I was very impressed with linebackers Jason Trusnik and Marcus Benard. Neither player was drafted, but both play every snap like it’s their last. Linebacker will be a position of strength on the Browns this year.

Rookies Joe Haden and T.J.Ward were impressive. I thought Haden’s coverage was very good and Ward is a sure tackler at safety. Both players are physical.

What more can you say about kicker Phil Dawson. A 58-yard field goal to tie and he also kicked the game winner. Dawson is clutch.

Like any team, Cleveland needs to avoid injuries if they are going to win many games this year. No matter what the experts say, they do have talent.

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