I’m sure some of you are already tired of this and think it is being beaten to death, but I just read on Twitter that Pat Shurmur is still defending the play saying Jordan Norwood was open in the first read. Anyway, I won’t tell you where I stand on it anymore, but it is worth going through the pictures to discuss the progression.
First up is the third and one where Trent Richardson got stuffed and the Browns settled for a field goal. As you can see, the Browns telegraphed what they were doing and just put their best effort against the Giants’ best effort. There are eight men in the box and one man toward the top of the screen who seems to be waiting to see what the TE is going to do. So that’s like 8.5 men in the box.
This next screen grab was the third and eight play that turned into a huge gain for Weeden and Ogbonnaya. 38 yards.
And now the third and one that has Shurmur fighting with the media and fans going crazy on sports talk radio. The Browns line up with Ogbonnaya in the backfield in the third different look on third down with Weeden under center. That makes the QB sneak a possibility, albeit an unlikely one. It makes the handoff a possibility. The pass is always a possibility because the Browns have three wide with Ogbonnaya and TE Ben Watson.
In Shurmur’s presser, he was saying that Jordan Norwood was open on the first read. The screen grab below pretty much proves that, but Weeden didn’t pull the trigger on it.
Weeden re-directed traffic and Josh Gordon cut back inside on a scramble play. He was open with inside position on the defender. By that time Weeden had a man closing in on him and threw the stinker we all remember.
So anyway, we don’t have to fight about it anymore. I am obviously not going to change anyone’s mind, and I can’t argue with the thought of having Trent Richardson on the field pretty much ever (maybe even including defense.) At least all the evidence is in front of us now.