August 16, 2014

2013 NFL Draft – AFC North analysis of Browns, Bengals, Steelers and Ravens with @SteelersDepot – WFNY Podcast – 2013-04-26

WFNY Podcast LogoDave Bryan from SteelersDepot.com helped me break down what everyone in the AFC North did in the first round of the draft.

  • Barkevious Mingo and how quickly he can make an impact

  • Ray Horton and whether he can teach these guys the system

  • Jabaal Sheard converting

  • Paul Kruger and Desmond Bryant and their implementation into the defense

  • Ahtyba Rubin and his future

  • Paul Kruger’s brother Joe Kruger

  • Steelers pick of Jarvis Jones

  • Can Jarvis Jones set the edge in the NFL?

  • Is there a bigger winner than Andy Dalton?

  • Tyler Eifert and the Cincinnati Bengals

  • The departure of Ed Reed and the call for Matt Elam

  • Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens strike again?

  • What’s next for the Steelers? Justin Hunter? Robert Woods? Eddie Lacey?
  • Joe Flacco’s contract

Bengals’ Maualuga: Trent Richardson “Didn’t do nothing spectacular”

Unintended double negatives aside, the Cincinnati Bengals LB Rey Maualuga is not concerned about facing Trent Richardson this Sunday when the Cleveland Browns and Bengals square off in Cincinnati.

According to ESPN’s AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley, the Bengals LB wasn’t too shy about making his unimpressed opinions of the Browns’ rookie RB known:

Middle linebacker Rey Maualuga didn’t come away impressed after watching tape of Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson. “He can run you over and you can miss a tackle, at the same time, from what we’ve seen he didn’t do nothing spectacular,” Maualuga told CBSSports.com. “From running screens, missing passes, trying to find a hole when he’s running the ball. He just didn’t do anything spectacular from what I’ve seen.” I double-checked and made sure this was Maulauga and not Jim Brown talking. This is funny because Maualuga “didn’t do nothing spectacular” in the season opener against the Ravens. He managed five tackles in a game where he got continually blocked by Ravens fullback Vonta Leach.

Outside of running over defenders and making people miss, I’m not sure what else a RB needs to do to impress Maualuga. Of course, presumably, averaging more than 2.1 yards per carry would be a good start.

Either way, I believe the first verbal shots have been fired. We’ll see how the Richardson and the Browns respond. A victory over the Bengals would be this author’s preferred response.

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Browns Victory Breeds Smiles, Hides Flaws

They say a win is a win. How true. No matter how pathetic the Cleveland Browns looked against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday afternoon, all that will be noted when people look back on this one is that the Browns came away with the win by the final score of 20-12. Forget the atrocious play of QB Derek Anderson once more, forget the mere 43 yards rushing Jamal Lewis came up with after the game’s very first drive despite the Bengals having only the 28th ranked rush defense in the league, forget the 9 penalties (most of which were mental in nature), forget the fact that the Bengals were playing without their leader, captain, Pro Bowler, All-Pro QB Carson Palmer and instead had a QB making his first start since 2005 and who played his college ball at Harvard, forget the fact that the Browns were losing 6-3 to an 0-3 team with no QB heading into the 4th quarter. No, instead, people (the Browns) will say that all that matters is coming out unscathed with a win and that the Browns are now 1-3 instead of 0-4.

You’ll have to excuse me if I’m not beaming with enthusiasm after having to sit through yet another inexcusably poor performance for 3 quarters, and even into the 4th quarter. This was a game in which the Browns mustered only 134 net yards rushing and 127 net yards passing. Derek Anderson managed a QB Score of -9 for the game, a vast improvement from his QB Score of -121 the week before, but it was still his 3rd consecutive game with a negative QB Score.  [Read more...]