April 23, 2014

Adam Caplan breaks down second viewing of Browns vs. Eagles

It’s always fun when your favorite team plays another team with a good analyst and commentator. Adam Caplan is one of those guys. He is good for news from all over the league, but when it comes to the Eagles and his job with that team it is on another level. He re-watched the game against the Eagles and had some pretty interesting observations, some of which you probably saw and some which you might not have seen.

It seems like maybe the Browns are still quite susceptible to the running game. Thankfully the Browns will have a chance to button that up this week against BenJarvus Green-Ellis.1 Either that or they’ll make him look like Gayle Sayers, I guess.

[Related: Shurmur to Trolling Fans: Brandon Weeden is Browns’ Starting Quarterback]

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Footnotes:

  1. I know Green-Ellis had a decent first game against the Ravens last night, but I still don’t believe in his talent for whatever reason. I’ve been wrong before. []

  • thepaledragon

    That’s good stuff.

    It’s amazing that after a decade in the league the strategy for beating Vick remains the same: keep him under pressure, and take away the deep throw. You can leave open the short to intermediate throws because he won’t make them.

  • thepaledragon

    That’s good stuff.

    It’s amazing that after a decade in the league the strategy for beating Vick remains the same: keep him under pressure, and take away the deep throw. You can leave open the short to intermediate throws because he won’t make them.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Not alot most football knoweldgable people didn’t recognize.

    Richardson was clearly not at full speed which is why I don’t understand running him 19x. This is where Jackson and Hardesty should have played more of a role if for nothing but to spell Richardson.

    I don’t want to take anything away from the defense because they did play well but Philadelphia led by Vick did alot to help. That being said the young LBs and the pressure applied by the DL was impressive. This probably helped contribute to the poor run defense too.

  • mgbode

    regardless of if BenJarvis is a talented back or not (I’m torn), he is the type of back that we tend to do a bit better against. He’s not the blazing fast to the seam RB (McFadden, McCoy, Chris Johnson), but is more of a 1cut bruiser.

    We need our DL to hold their spots better on run downs and allow our hyper-aggressive (too much at times) LBers clean him up.

  • James Adamich

    Not surprised at poor gap discipline, young LBs will do that to you. I think the experience of watching a few times will really help the young guys. Also, can someone please explain why no other running back received a handoff?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Cincy will be another good test for the run defense because they have one of the largest offensive lines in the league. The young guard they have on the right side out of Wisconsin is a beast. Should be interesting.

  • BenRM

    I wish CLE had some people who could break down games that way. I mean, besides those on this blog of course :)

  • mgbode

    from the game, I’m pretty sure he was talking about our DL. they were terrible at holding the gaps. that is part of being aggressive and trying to get after the QB, but you have to do so while maintaining some gap discipline (although, Philly ran it so infrequent that Jauron may have felt it was fine to ignore).

  • mgbode

    and don’t forget Faine! (he’s not big but he actually looked good vs. Balt – picked him up recently after he’d been thrown on the trash heap for whatever reason)

  • MrCleaveland

    As long as we’re taking a second look, we ought to dial back the effusive praise that has been heaped on the Browns defense. The D gave up 456 yards, 25 first downs, and a two-minute-drill TD TWICE. There is nothing good about those numbers.

    Let’s not confuse Vick’s bad game for good defensive play.

  • http://twitter.com/ericvsthem Eric B

    The game winning TD drive was not two-minute-drill. They had over 6 minutes of clock and definitely took their time, weren’t even the least bit worried about stopping the clock to save time.

    But I agree with the rest of your sentiment. The run defense is definitely still a major problem area. And the argument that I’ve seen some fans make that the Browns don’t allow many points (compared with other teams) misses the point – when a team is able to grind out 4-7 yard runs consistently, they eat up a lot of clock and reduce the overall number of possessions, which reduces scoring opportunities.

  • MrCleaveland

    Oops, you’re right, Eric. The second one wasn’t a two-minute drill. It was slow torture.

  • Ezzie Goldish

    I think that’s unfair to the defense, which spent about 18 minutes in each half on the field, particularly against a team with a ton of athletes who are running sideline to sideline a lot (Vick, McCoy, et al). They were exhausted by the end, and still were doing a decent job against a very talented offense.