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Regardless of how brutal the Browns have looked, there is no doubt we have a serious stud on on hands in Trent Richardson:
Richardson is too wise to admit it, but there must be moments when he wipes the dust from his eyes and, in the immortal words of the Talking Heads, wonders how did he get here.
Cleveland traded up a spot and relinquished precious picks to select Richardson with the third pick overall in the 2012 draft. Once in a lifetime, Richardson was that sort of back, even if the legendary Jim Brown churlishly called him ordinary. Having smoothed things over, Brown surely appreciated the way Richardson fought for every extra inch Sunday while picking up 81 yards on 17 carries and through sheer will caused plays to continue even after the Giants thought they had wrapped him up. Lisa Olson/Sporting News
“Making Progress” just took a big step back, says one of the best to ever write in this town:
In the final 3:46 of the first half, the Giants scored 17 points. Seven set up by a terrible interception by Brandon Weeden. Seven provided by a fumbled kickoff by Josh Cribbs. Three created by a Browns 3-and-out (featuring two offensive penalties), followed by a punt and a Buster Skrine pass interference penalty.
By halftime, New York was in front, 27-17, and the Browns trudged off the field with that “What happened?” stare on their faces.
Browns fans were probably thinking, “Here we go again.”
Weeden called the late half collapse “the worst” stretch of football this season. That’s saying something when a team has a 0-5 record, and has lost 11 in a row dating back to last season. Terry Pluto/PD
Quality stuff again from DTTWLN, talking about what Terry Francona is going to bring our beloved Wahoos.
What Francona will bring will be a new view and outlook to Antonetti’s and Shapiro’s process. Certainly the 12-year managerial veteran will have a say at the table when discussing the building of the roster moving forward, a much louder voice than former manager Manny Acta ever had or a young, inexperienced manager like Sandy Alomar would have had.
“We have to examine what’s transpired, not just this year, but where we are organizationally moving forward because the mix we had wasn’t working,” Antonetti said. “We need to figure out ways to be better.”
While Francona might bring a different view and voice to the front office and the clubhouse, he still has the same fundamental beliefs founded on statistical analysis. He won’t have fears of sharing his opinions with the Ivy League analysts of the Indians organization after spending eight seasons with Theo Epstein in Boston. Instead, Francona has a comfort and excitement of the building process with Antonetti and Shapiro due to their 12 years of friendship. Mike Brandberry/Did The Tribe Win Last Night
According to Bleacher Report, Brandon Weeden’s play is hardly to blame for the Browns 0-5 record:
Outside of Gordon’s one great game, Weeden has literally no above-average receiving threats to whom to throw to at this point.
Mohammad Massaquoi continues to be injured, and Greg Little, who was supposed to develop into a #1 receiver, cannot catch a football to save his life.
The rest of the receivers are below average options or youngsters such as Jordan Norwood who have to develop. Until they do, or more talent is added, Weeden is going to continue seeing his passes bounce off his receivers hands. Chris Rolling/Bleacher Report