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“Like the Indians, Austin Kearns went into the off-season likely not expecting much, self-aware enough to know that he wasn’t going to get a multi-year deal or even a guaranteed starting spot from any team, despite resurrecting his career with a 2010 season that showed (at the very least) that his career was not completely over.” [The DiaTribe]
Let’s focus on some positives instead of just Mangini love or hate for a change- “Rookie quarterback Colt McCoy looks like the player we were hoping for. He looked stronger and faster in the pocket, and most importantly was able to make plays while on the run. Some of the throws he made were ill advised, but most were clear and concise. While he forced some throws, they were not detrimental to the team, and cost them the game. The touchdown pass to Robert Royal on the first drive couldn’t have been placed any better. McCoy is a real breathe of fresh air.” [No Logo Needed]
Speaking of positives, how about McCoy’s big target- “Watson was the team’s leading receiver again this week, catching 7 passes for 92 yards. The most difficult throws a quarterback can make are the ones over the middle between coverage, with the receiver knowing he is going to get clocked. Watson showed his route running abilities to get open whenever McCoy targeted him. To cap it off, Watson would hold onto the ball as he absorbed contact.” [Dawgs by Nature]
What in the world has happened to the Browns defense? Is it really just the injury bug?- “The past month of games has seen opposing offenses emphasize the run. Last week against the Bills, the Browns’ run defense was continually gouged between the tackles. Sunday’s game more resembled parts of last month’s Carolina contest, as the Bengals’ rushers hit the edges of the Browns’ defensive wall for a series of consistent gains.” [DK/The OBR]
Worried about a potential work stoppage, Governor Strickland gets involved. [Dispatch]