I’ve seen a lot of bad football in my life but yesterday’s Brown game may have been the worst. At no point during the game was enjoying watch the game. The only time I was entertained by the game was the final five minutes of the fourth quarter. It sucks that the 54-yard field by Dawson, who has won so many games and come up so big in a number of contests for the Browns in the last nine years, was wide right. But it was justified because there is no way the deserved to win that game. (I can’t believe W was right with is post late Friday saying the game would come down to a field goal) It was a piss poor offensive effort, the likes that haven’t been since Spergon Wynn. Anderson was what? 3-of-15 for 17 yards at half? I mean you got to be really bad, or trying really hard, to put up numbers like that. He looked awful and was almost never on the same page as he receivers. I don’t know who is to fault for that he but there’s no reason it should happen 12 times a game. There’s no reason why at 6’6” DA’s passes are getting tipped at the line so much.
(Quick side note: The wisdom of Soloman Wilcots said Anderson’s nickname was DA. Really? How cool is that? I wonder how they came up with that for his nickname? Would you call that a nickname, or you know, his initials?)
The game was just frustrating to watch. There are so many points we could talk about but let’s just take the last drive the ended in Dawson’s missed field goal. One big pass play that was well executed to put the Browns in good position but then all hell went to loose. There was no hurry by the offense to get plays off. But there was a hurry to get to the line. It was like they knew they had to hurry but just didn’t care about the clock. The Chocolate Dumpling should know that a 54-yard field goal is a lot to ask out of any kicker especially Dawson. After Anderson picked up the first down on his sneak, they should have ran the ball once to make it a more reasonable field goal. Run a draw with Lewis or Harrison. Both had ran well and draw would catch the defense off guard and get at least five yards. Then, since you know you are running it, you have a second pass play called and get everyone on the line quickly, which shouldn’t take long since again, you know you are running it the play before. I don’t know if this would have led to a touchdown or what but at least it gives your kicker a chance. And there was plenty of time to run a run. Just another mismanaged 2-minute drill by The Chocolate Dumpling.
Looking at the stats and the score, you’d think the defense played outstanding. They were good but not great. The Redskins were able to move the ball with ease but then always had drives end more because of what they did then what the Browns defense was doing. If you didn’t notice, Jim Zorn, Clinton Portis was getting 5-6 yards a carry. Why not let him run the ball every play. Even the Cartwright and Alexander where getting more than 5 yards a carry. Any third down and six or less should have been a run. (Can you imagine how many rushing yards the Browns are going to give up to Jacksonville next week?)
But this is why the Redskins aren’t a Super Bowl team and a borderline playoff team. They struggled to beat a Browns team they are clearly better than. Put that effort against a good team, like the Rams, and they lose. So congratulations Graig for your ugly ass win over a growingly more pathetic team. Shots are on me when I’m in Columbus again (as soon as Nov. 8). However, since it was a crappy win, you get a crappy shot. Something like a Pig Bomb.
The only people who had worst weekends than the Browns was me at predicting games, the state of Michigan, the NY Jets, the Boston Red Sox and Kelly Pavlick.