I realize, along with all the other Browns fans, that this was just a pre season tune up. But what did we tune up? The rookies made the biggest impact. Quinn still hasn’t got to play a full season yet as the starter. It was obvious to us fans that DA was a “one hit wonder”, and his stats in 07 were not that great.
Sure, 29 TD’s and 3800 yards looked good in 07 but it takes more than those stats to be a good QB. He can’t hit the dump offs or short slants, he can’t read defenses, he can not manage the clock, and he hasn’t earned his teammates respect. He should have been traded for draft picks when other teams showed some interest. We won’t get anything for him now.
There should be no QB competition. Quinn should have the reigns so he can get accustomed to the starting role. He had a 63% completion %, although he threw an int. The pass that was intercepted wasn’t that bad either. It’s just that Edwards had it wrestled away from him.
Harrison, 3 carries? This is the Browns new version of Eric Metcalf. Get him into the game. NOW! I still think and say Lewis is not done. Open a few holes for him and once he gets a head of steam, get out of his way. He’ll bulldoze you. Edwards? Her is turning into the Browns biggest disaster. Pretty bad when you get cocky like Edwards and you can, in no way, shape or form back your cockiness up. The O line was not terrible. They could have been a lot better though. The rookie receivers did a pretty good job.
The D was supposed to be a lot tougher this year. I realize we had Rogers and a few other starters sitting out, but the veterans who did play should have done ALOT better. Ryan promised there would be pressure on the GB QB. There wasn’t. Is Ryan blowing a lot of hot air? That’s yet to be seen. But even though this was only a pre season game we need to perform the basics. I understand the hiding of your weapons until the season starts, but you are not hiding anything when you don’t tackle. That’s a basic instinct, everyone does that. The LB’s, CB’s, and Safties got burned on some long passes. That needs to stop.
Special teams did not look very good either. Penalties are another problem. Stupid defensive holding penalties. Again, I think the Brownies have the talent to finish above .500, but they also did last year. Mangini is a .500 coach. I sure hope he starts cracking the whip and getting things done.
I have one question for anyone who knows. What was the reasoning behind the NFL going to a 2 man wedge on KO returns?