As always, it's difficult for me to write calmly after I watch the Browns do what they do.
I've done my best to look at what is going on with the organization and there are obvious problems that must be addressed, if not immediately, than as soon as the season ends.
Romeo Crennel has made bad decisions from the first game through the last.
How many coaches would have let Baltimore kick a 41-yard field goal when accepting the 10-yard penalty would have backed Stover to his outer limits?
Of course they could have given them the opportunity to get the first down, but at 3rd-and-16, you must take the odds.
Crennel continues to start a quarterback, Derek Anderson, who sports a 68.9 passer rating. Only four QBs are statistically worse: Thigpen, Fitzpatrick, Griese and Hasselbeck. The four I mention are essentially their coach's only option.
Romeo, on the other hand, has Brady Quinn.
Quinn was chosen in the first round and the Browns paid dearly to get the right to draft him. They gave him a large contract, spoke of how he was the future of the franchise and then allowed him to languish on the sideline while this team disappoints itself, its fans, the networks and the city of Cleveland. For this, there is no rational reason.
Braylon Edwards, the Brown's star receiver, may very well have the worse hands in the NFL. No receiver has dropped more passes. His first drop yesterday probably cost the game. If you can't have faith in your best receiver in pressure-filled situations, he is not your best receiver.
Edwards is continually showing that he may not be a good receiver. He has the ability to get open, to run good routes and to run with the ball, but none of these attributes compensate for not being able to catch the ball. A receiver must receive.
It's time to override Crennel and force him to start Quinn. Next year will be easier. The schedule will be more in line with the Brown's talent. It can be the season that we had hoped this one would be.
The defense is better than I had hoped.
Some of their weaknesses are being magnified by other factors. The secondary frequently fails because opposing QBs are being given entirely too much time to peruse the field. The inability to stop the run exists, but is made worse by the offense's "three and outs". Defenses cannot perform when left on the field all day.
As Brown's fans always seem to do, I have hope in next year.
However, if the team enters next year with a coach who doesn't make sound decisions, an erratic quarterback who cannot win and a prime target who can't catch the ball, you might expect the same results they've got us thus far this year.