This upcoming Sunday for the Browns, is a pivotal point in the season. If The Browns get a win, they gain momentum into the week 3 match up into the Baltimore game, but if they lose once again, the seat will be getting warmer for Mangini and company. Inside, I will break down each question that the Browns face this upcoming Sunday.
As you can see in this highlights, Jerome Harrison has the speed, and elusiveness to be a star running back in this league. He was tearing it up late last season, getting 862 yards for the year. He was promised to be the starter for the 2010 season. Not quite the case, Harrison has been getting less carries for Peyton Hillis. Hillis is an excellent back, and is a good runner that likes to run downhill. However, I don't understand the lack of carries for Harrison. He is a great runner as evidenced in the video above.
Brian Daboll once again, mishandled the offense last sunday. He called a fine game in the first half, up until Delhomme threw the game away, with a terrible, terrible pick. Then, all of a sudden, Daboll gets conservative in the second half. Again, the motives are very questionable, why was Daboll playing not to lose again? You play to win the game. If Daboll continues to call bad games, he may be out of a job very soon.
The Browns played the Wildcat only once during last game, and it was a successful play for 9 yards, thrown by Cribbs to Seneca Wallace. The question is can the Browns implement it into their offensive gameplan? I think they should, as it was clearly effective in the last four games of the 2009 season. It shouldn't be a staple, but it should be a certainly a change of pace for the offense.
Marcus Bernard has certainly brought some life into the Browns, as he provided the Browns a 1.5 sack and along with that, a good performance. However, the Browns recent struggle provided a reason why the Browns' secondary has problem. There is frankly, not enough pass rush, and the Browns need some of the linebackers to step it up. There's no question here, the Browns need to bring the heat, and bad, because if they don't bring it for real, their secondary is going to be like burned toast this Sunday.
The Browns recent struggles have been coming from the wide receiver position and the quarterback position. In 2009, they ranked dead last, only the Jets were above them. They ditched the ghost of quarterbacks past in 2009, dumping Quinn and Anderson and signed Jake Delhomme, a veteran from Carolina, and a solid backup in Seneca Wallace. This past sunday, Delhomme provided a spark for a quarter, and a half, until he finally reverted to the way he was back in Carolina a year ago. Now, the recent news that Jake Delhomme will not playing, the question is can Wallace move the chains as well as Delhomme was for a quarter or so, or can he step his game, and help the wide receiver position too. We'll see this Sunday, and I won't be writing another article until after this Sunday to see my take on the game. I hope you had fun reading this article, and as always, go Browns!