Cleveland Browns vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Seneca Wallace's Time To Shine
Seneca Wallace is probably getting the start when the Cleveland Browns take on the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday.
Wallace, the more mobile of the two quarterbacks Team President Mike Holmgren brought in during the offseason, is the rumored starter after Jake Delhomme suffered an ankle injury last week in the Tampa Bay game.
The starting quarterback situation in Cleveland never has a dull moment, but this latest twist could add even more drama to a situation that doesn't need any.
Wallace isn't the only factor in the game, obviously, so let's run down what to expect from Sunday's contest.
The Offense Should Be More Mobile
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Wallace can move around and scramble in ways Delhomme can't, even with a healthy ankle.
Wallace adds a "Michael Vick" element to the offensive package that, if taken advantage of properly, can make the Browns offense really exciting to watch.
The key phrase there is, "if taken advantage of properly."
Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll and Head Coach Eric Mangini need to be on the same page and not panic and shut down the offense like they did in the second half last week.
Granted Delhomme was making mistakes and the running backs were fumbling, but Wallace wasn't properly utilized and James Davis must have been off getting Daboll's celery and tofu shake ready because he never saw the field.
The Browns Need To Stretch the Field
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It doesn't take a genius to figure out that if you stop throwing down the field, the opposing defense will have a much easier time defending against your offensive gameplan.
The Browns weren't throwing downfield all that much in the first half, but Delhomme did hook up with Mohamed Massaquoi for a nice touchdown.
After Delhomme's interception at the end of the first half, the wide receivers didn't really run any routes longer than 10 yards.
If anyone on the Browns coaching staff thinks that kind of route running is going to win games, good luck with that.
Joshua Cribbs Needs To Be Used More
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Joshua Cribbs didn't have his best day last Sunday, but he's had enough good ones to know last Sunday was an aberration.
That being said, he needs to get the ball more. When Cribbs has the ball, good things usually happen.
There's really not much more you can add to that.
Jerome Harrison Has To Step It Up
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Jerome Harrison has become a kind of folk hero to some Cleveland fans for his breakout performances at the end of last season.
However, the current front office didn't have any confidence in him prior to the last four games of 2009, and they have not changed their mindset in the last nine months by drafting Montario Hardesty and starting Peyton Hillis ahead of Harrison last week.
Harrison has put the ball on the ground too many times already this year, going back into preseason.
Harrison didn't get a lot of yards last week, but that was due more to poor playcalling than anything else. This week it is on him to find the holes and get the yards.
The Browns Need To Stop Dexter McCluster
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Dexter McCluster had a great first game, returning a punt for a 94-yard touchdown.
The Browns special teams unit better be ready for this guy because it'll be McCluster vs. Cribbs on special teams out there.
Get yer popcorn ready!
Defense Just Needs To Keep Up the Good Work
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The defense played a pretty solid game through three quarters last week before tiring out in the fourth quarter.
Given all the three-and-outs by the offense in the second half, though, this isn't surprising.
But the Chiefs have Charlie Weis running their offense now, so Ryan won't be having an easy day on Sunday.
The rookies are performing well so far and the line seemed to be putting pressure on Josh Freeman last week.
All the fans can ask for is for the defense to hold through all four quarters this week.
Just Win, Baby!
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The Browns schedule doesn't get any easier in the near future with games against the Ravens, Bengals, Steelers, Patriots, and Saints all coming up.
If the Browns don't get a win this Sunday, they're going to have to really work to get the upsets in the following weeks.
Holmgren will have a lot of long days ahead of him—there's no denying that—so the coaching staff needs to keep the players focused and in the game for all four quarters, or everyone on that sideline wearing a headset will be looking for new jobs by the end of the year.