I’ve changed the television I watch the games on, the remote I change the channel with, the clothes I wear during the games, absolutely everything. I’ve tried it all as a Cleveland Browns fan and I’m finally starting to see that my superstitions have no say in how effective the team is on the field. Peer into the bottom third of practically any major stat category and you’ll notice a trend, the Cleveland Browns.
You’ll find them toward the bottom of rush defense, pass offense, and scoring (offense and defense). The numbers don’t lie. This is something neither we as fans nor they as an organization are proud of. The problem is, I’m making more changes as a fan in hope to win a game than they are as an organization. We don’t have enough fingers to point in blame of our failure, but it’s got to start somewhere.
One change the Browns have made is putting Derek Anderson at quarterback and actually sticking to him. The result thus far, 40.6. Let me spell that out, fourty-point-six. That quarterback rating ranks 35th in the NFL this year. I’m finding a problem with this because there are only 32 teams in the NFL meaning three backup quarterbacks have performed better than “DA” himself. So, why not make it four?
The question all year has been, “Quinn or Anderson?” If it hasn’t become obvious, neither of them is capable of getting the job done. None of our options are going to save our season, but why not let Ratliff get some snaps and see what he does? If I was a betting man, I’d bet he could at LEAST put up a 40.7 quarterback rating.
Another stat highly credible for starting 1-6 this season would be 170.6. You might ask, “what does that number stand for?” That number is how many rushing yards we give up a game, on average of course, putting us at 31st worst in the league just in front of the Buffalo Bills. You could say it’s time to try new schemes, stack more men in the box, but in my eyes, it’s a defensive unit as a whole that lacks intensity. There isn’t one player in the front seven that should feel any type of job security.
“Mangenius,” whom I like to call “Mangidiot,” and the rest of the coaching staff need to be breathing down every defensive player’s neck. I’m sure there are some scout team players who would love to get the chance to lay into an opposing running back.
With that said, yes, the Browns do have many more problems they could tend to. Starting the season an awful 1-6 is normally time to start thinking about the future and getting some new faces a chance or two to prove themselves. It doesn’t get much worst than where we’re already standing, so why not take a new stance?