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Running Backs - Handled Negatively

27 October 2014 - 07:45 AM

It doesn't surprise me that the Run game is struggling ... the writing is on the wall.


When Ben Tate suffered a knee injury in the second half of the Season Opener, it's been a miss handling of the position ever since. There was good in getting Rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell some reps, but it has seemed to be nothing but negative vibes from the Browns brass ever since.


I was surprised as hell when I picked up the Plain Dealer a few weeks ago and with the running game performing exceptionally well and there was a huge article about how the Browns declared Crowell the starter. I remember thinking to myself, "Why in the world would you start putting labels ("starter" / "back-up") on these two kids in the midst of them doing so well as a tandem?" That was a Huge negative to West and added pressure to Crowell. Why feel the need to declare anything at that point? Why not just ride the good vibe from the position?


I do not even think that the Browns ever took the field with Crowell as this newly appointed starter, as Tate returned from injury and now was given the job back. Huge blow to Crowells psyche. 


It didn't stop there with playing with these young backs minds, as the Browns coaching staff then let it be known that they wanted one of the three-headed-monster to step up and secure the starting role over-overwhelmingly, so that they can toss the other two behind the shed for storage.


Negative to West while the going was good he got labeled a failure/back-up.

Negative to Crowell as they yanked the floating carpet out from under him when Tate returned.

Negative to Tate as since his return the running back position went from the strength of the team to non-existent. 


Could this position have been handled any worse since about week #3?


How about showering the rookies with praise, welcoming Tate back and ease him into the position while positively weeding the others out? How about finding some new roles for each? How about keeping it positive instead of caving into the 'salary game' and 'fantasy football game' where a player needs so many reps and such many stats. How about keeping it as a "TEAM", for the good of the TEAM?


Next we will be trading one of them because it is too hard to have three good backs.

Close enough again?

21 September 2014 - 03:05 PM

We won one game. Manziel?

We talking about One Win, man

18 September 2014 - 07:33 AM

"We're sitting in here, and I'm supposed to be the excited fan, and we in here talking about one win. I mean, listen, we're talking about one win, not a AFC North Title, not even a division victory, not a win streak, we talking about one win. Not multiple games. Not, not ... Not the season that I go out there and die for and attend every game like it's my last season. Not the big game, but we're talking about one win, man. I mean, how silly is that? ... And we talking about one win. I know I supposed to be there. I know I'm supposed to lead by example... I know that... And i'm not.. I'm not shoving it aside, you know, like it don't mean anything. I know it's important, I do. I honestly do... But we're talking about one win man. What are we talking about? One win? We're talking about one win, man. [laughter from the media crowd] We're talking about one win. We're talking about one win. We ain't talking about clinching the division. [more laughter] We're talking about one win, man. When you go to the stadium, to watch them play, you've seen what can go wrong in any given season, right? You've seen promising season go up in flames, right? But we're talking about one game right now. We talking about one.." - Allen Atenears

Best Coached Complete Game in Years

14 September 2014 - 04:28 PM

First we backed up deferring the ball until after the half, with a great defensive stand to start the game (Great start was warranted and key). 
Followed that up with sustained momentum through most of the first half. Had a bit of a brain fart falling into prevent defense and allowing the Saints to score rather easily prior to the half, but what impressed me is that we didn't panic once losing the lead in the second half. 
We didn't abandon the run, even when time wasn't exactly on our side. 
I liked that we at least attempted to create a spark with Manziel, even though the play calling might not have fit the situation. The Saints seemed to have us bogged down mid-way through the third quarter and I thought rolling Manziel out like we were doing with Hoyer in the first half would force the Saints to respect Johnny's running ability and make them counter. Anyhow, the Manziel insert didn't appear to help among the stats but the team did seem to pick back up on the lost tempo after the experience.
Huge defensive play and sack by Dansby kept us within a Field Goal. A little luck on the time clock adjustment and perfectly blown coverage by a Rex Ryan defense (Thanks buddy!). We'll take it!
Game ball to head coach Mike Pettine, as the team was "in-control" and onboard as a whole all game long. Followed/stuck-to a game plan and out-executed the New Orleans Saints.
Well played. 

1999 Deja vu

09 May 2014 - 02:27 AM

"With the first pick in the draft the fucking Cleveland Browns select Tim Manzel!"


I just don't get this franchise.