It's Bye Week: The Cleveland Browns Need To Use It Wisely

gary wertmanCorrespondent IOctober 27, 2010

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 12:  Head coach Eric Mangini of the Cleveland Browns walks along the sideline during the NFL season opener game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on September 12, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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For the Cleveland Browns, the bye week has come at the perfect time. How they use their week off will determine how successful they are in the last nine games.

Getting the walking wounded healthy is always nice. An extra week to prepare for the New England Patriots won’t hurt either. I’m anxious to see what defensive coordinator Rob Ryan comes up with for the Patriots.

On offense, the Browns have added some new players recently and the extra time should help them in learning the system. Wide receiver Demetrious Williams and running backs Mike Bell and Thomas Clayton need to be able to contribute.

Eric Mangini needs to stop the mind games and announce Colt McCoy as his starter. The extra time will really help in McCoy’s development.

Forget about keeping New England in the dark about who’s playing quarterback for the Browns as well as avoiding a QB controversy. Any indecision by the head coach sends the wrong message to the team.

Cleveland can either use the extra week to put in a few plays that take advantage of McCoy’s strengths, or play, ‘who’s our quarterback going to be.’

Mangini probably feels he needs to win a few more games for job security and most would agree. Staying with McCoy will allow the team to continue the growth they’ve started the last two games.

Going with either Jake Delhomme or Seneca Wallace would be taking a step back in my opinion. Mangini needs to take this team forward.

Another player who needs more playing time is corner back Joe Haden. His time to start is long over due. On a team with only three legitimate corners, all three have to play, but Haden’s role needs increased.

I would also like to see Evan Moore become more of a factor in games. For whatever reason, he’s not used nearly enough. On a team hurting for play makers, he has to be on the field.

Even though they don’t play a game this week, the Browns have plenty of work to do. Lets hope they use it wisely.


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