A nice win for the Browns yesterday, wasn’t it? Was anyone else just waiting for the Jaguars to score on that final play? It just seemed that a last second loss would sum up exactly what the Browns are. I was nervous. I saw coke head Matt Jones catching that bobbling pass. I saw that final desperation play being caught. I saw a flag for pass interference on that final play. All would have made sense since that’s the kind of luck the Browns always seem to have roll their way. But none of that happened and the Browns got the big W.
But let’s not forget that it shouldn’t have even come down to that final drive. Here’s what the Browns need to work on: Scoring from inside the five yard line. Seriously, how bad can one team be to not score when you get three or four chances inside the five. Last week it took eight plays to score after having first and goal. This week once inside the one-yard line first and goal and they don’t get any points. Another time first and goal from the three and they had to kick a field goal. Late in the game, the Browns had a 4-play, zero-yard drive that took up 21 seconds. It ended with a Dawson field goal for a 23-17 lead which was huge but you got to be able to move the ball in that situation.
The Browns need to get a little more creative in those situations; creative like that 4th-and-1 call that had play action pass to Heiden. Jamal Lewis up that middle only works every so often since the defense knows it’s coming. A little play action, a roll out, a toss wide with Harrison or Wright, or my choice would be a quarterback draw with Cribbs. Or an option play with Cribbs where he has the chance to throw a short pass or run. Spread the field and let Cribbs do his thing. If you notice on all his kick-off returns he gets and extra five or six yards every time after the first hit. If he runs from the three yard line, he has a good chance to score.
DA (That’s Derek Anderson for all you who are still confused about that nick name) looked much better. This guy is starting to get frustrating. Good one week, bad the next. Maybe he should just play every other week. Put Brady in for next week then DA the week after that. It was very nice to see him throw a perfect deep ball to Braylon and even nicer to see Braylon make some catches. DA’s best pass of the game was the 53-yarder to Syndric Steptoe. It was perfectly throw just pass the linebacker in front and Steptoe made a nice move to break it into a big gain. Steptoe is looking like a solid No. 3 receiver.
The defense was great. Well good. They stopped the run against a running team, besides letting Garrard break a few. The pass rush was consistent. They did give up some big pass plays but they seemed to make the big plays when they needed to. Shaun Rogers is a beast.
No Winslow again, Browns win again. Weird. Not saying the Browns are better without him, but maybe they are. What is true, the Browns seem to play better when there is some drama and question marks about them putting their backs up against the wall. They responded with a “season saving win” against NY Giants and they did it with another huge win against Jacksonville amongst all the Winslow distractions. A win next week against Baltimore and they’re at .500. With the way the defense is playing now, I expect that to happen against Joe Flacco. HERE WE GO BROWNIES…