July 23, 2014

On Brandon Weeden’s rookie season, and other Browns rookie records

Over the past two weeks (part 1 and part 2), my good friend and colleague Rick has posted updates on some historic NFL records being accomplished by the current trio of rookies on the Browns offense: QB Brandon Weeden, RB Trent Richardson and WR Josh Gordon.

In his initial post, I helped to provide some of the backbone research. Yes, I never gave enough credit to Rick for his research and his writing as well, but I did help a little bit. This week, since we haven’t provided an update yet, I thought I’d swing back into the picture to provide the latest update and give some more historical context to Weeden’s rookie season.

Of course, this hasn’t been a perfect season for the much-maligned 29-year-old rookie from Oklahoma State (by way of the New York Yankees). He’s been highly criticized in many ways and certainly didn’t have a good performance against the Redskins in the home finale on Sunday. But, based on my research, he’s still OK compared to other QBs that have started every game of their first NFL season. [Read more...]

The Best Browns Since 1999 – Wide Receivers

Kevin Johnson won this one, but it was close with Braylon Edwards.  We all know that Edwards is a polarizing figure among Browns fans.  He never lived up to the spot he was drafted by most accounts.  His drops have become a favorite punchline.  Still, there’s no doubting Edwards ability and some of the numbers he put up in Cleveland.  Also, I’ve always stated how impressive it was for him to come back from his rookie year ACL injury as fast as he did.  The numbers don’t lie though. [Read more...]

Browns and Bengals Hope for Better Results From Young QBs

Andy Dalton is having a very solid rookie campaign for the Cincinnati Bengals.  It is hard to tell whether Dalton is helping break out his receivers like A.J. Green and Jerome Simpson, or vice versa.  I tend to think it is probably the latter, but it matters little.  The Bengals are using young players and are developing a dangerous passing attack (even when they aren’t completely uncovered by a still-huddling defense.***) On the opposite side, it has been more up and down between last season’s run-heavy beginning to Colt McCoy’s career and the implementation of Pat Shurmur’s offense.  In the last few weeks against weaker defenses it seems that the Browns might actually have an attack plan in some phase of being formulated.

Once upon a time the Browns and Bengals battled one October day in what they both thought was a glimpse of the future.  The Bengals did battle with draft pick Akili Smith leading the way and the Browns answered with #1 pick Tim Couch.  The Bengals came away victorious in that first meeting 18-17.  Akili Smith won the day completing 25 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns.  Tim Couch went 15 for 27 for 164 yards and an interception.  The highlight from that game that stands the test of time for Browns fans is Phil Dawson running four yards for a touchdown.  The Bengals won that game, but in the contest between Akili Smith and Tim Couch, the Browns won.  Granted, it turned out to be not very much of a contest and it is hard to consider the winner a “winner” but the Browns won. [Read more...]

The Browns Will Win If…

I thought about changing the title of this column to something snarky like “The Browns Can’t Win Because…”, but that would be a great disservice to you, our faithful readers. You’ve come to expect professionalism, and professionalism you shall get!

The Browns’ season is over relative to the playoffs, and even more than that there is some activity on the lifeboats-deck of the U.S.S. Romeo. But, the Bills are currently wallowing in a 3-game losing streak with some QB questions of their own (Dick Jauron says Edwards is his guy). Will the Browns’ extra-long prep time mean another sighting of the team that dismantled the Giants after the bye-week? Can we hope to not see the prevent defense in the third freaking quarter?? Without further ado…

The Browns Will Win If… [Read more...]