Category Archives: Browns

This should be a meme

What a ridiculous hat. My parents are from the part of Ohio near Lima — nobody dresses like that except douchebags.

Here’s a template: Let’s meme this thing.

Ben with the ladies of the era he prefers:

This one below courtesy of JH:

Check out some of the good ones Deadspin did.

Pittsburgh: Tebowed

Dear Broncos Fans:

You’re welcome.

–Cleveland Browns

Pat Shurmur, right decision?

What are your thoughts on the Shurmur hire? Here are some from ESPN readers.

Browns Year In Review

Phil Dawson, Browns Kicker 1999-2010?

Phil Dawson, Browns Kicker 1999-2011

BOMBLE.NET WASHINGTON SPORTS BUREAU, JANUARY 2, 2011

The 2010 season was a whirlwind for the Cleveland Browns.

With some amazing trick plays, surprising wins, and disappointing losses, the Browns closed the season at 5-11-0 with a saddening defeat by the Pittsburgh Steelers. For all but the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, the Steelers had 41 points to the Browns’ 3 — a field goal by captain Phil Dawson. Eventually the Browns scored, missing the 2 point conversion, losing 41 to 9.

With the exception of two clutch wins over defending Superbowl champs New Orleans and New England, the Browns managed 3 squeaker wins over the Bengals, Dolphins, and the Panthers. Only the Dolphins were a respectable opponent (no offense). The Browns also lost a heart breaker in overtime to the New York Jets.The season also had many very close losses to good opponents, with the Browns losing by 10 or less. Nonetheless, the Browns competed, but did not win.

Delhomme had a very poor year, and Seneca Wallace performed alright. Surprisingly, Colt McCoy made a great case to be the Browns’ starter for years to come. The Browns should drop Delhomme.

Josh Cribbs had a below average season, mainly due to dislocated toes that kept him out for much of the season. It didn’t help that opposing teams were woe to kick to him.

Enter Peyton Hillis, acquired from a trade for Brady Quinn to Denver (of all places). Hillis had a break out game against the Ravens, rushed for over 1,000 yards, and quickly made a name for himself in the NFL.

The Browns defense, while flawed, had a decent year. TJ Ward had a fair number of interceptions, Scott Fujita, plagued by injury later in the season, performed well. Linebacker David Bowens had two interceptions that he returned for TDs against the Saints. Rookie Joe Haden did very well for a rookie.

Offensively, the Browns struggled. While trick plays were a great aid, offensive coordinator Brian Daboll should be fired immediately. Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan should be given another season. Massaqoui, Watson, and Robiskie all had pretty good years. Robiskie, in particular, is to be commended for a significant improvement.

Bomble.net isn’t sure whether Head Coach Eric Mangini deserves another year, and understands views from both perspectives. This website was very opposed to the firing of Romeo Crennel a few years back. In that spirit, we tend to lean on the side of giving him another season.

It’s the obligation of this blog to single out kicker and Captain Phil Dawson for his performance for the Cleveland Browns franchise. Unfortunately, the Browns franchise hasn’t made much of an effort to re-sign Dawson, whose contract expired, effectively, today. It is the hope of this site that the Browns re-sign Dawson.

Dawson’s 2010 salary was $1.15 million, while the average for punters and kickers in the league was $868,005. Both Buffalo’s kicker and punter make more than Phil Dawson. Now each team is different, but Buffalo is a smaller market team than the Browns, and has had pretty tough seasons in recent years.

Phil’s performance is superior to most kickers in the NFL, and in our opinion, he is worth well over $1.15 million. He’s made 83.1% of his lifetime field goal attempts, and made history with more than a few. He’s one of the most accurate kickers (No. 9) in the history of the NFL. He’s only missed 8 PATs in 11 years with the Browns. That’s an average of 97.4%. Dawson’s points and Field Goals Made exceed the league average. In 183 games for the Browns, Dawson has out kicked Hall of Fame Brown Lou Groza.

Our closing argument is this: Phil Dawson has won 14 games for the Cleveland Browns. Arguably, that number is higher. The author must disclose he has one Cleveland Browns jersey, and it is #4 — Phil Dawson. He is definitely biased.

Phil Dawson is the heart and soul of the “new” Cleveland Browns. In this author’s opinion, he is the Bernie Kosar of the this generation’s Browns.

Some of the recent quotes attributed to Phil or other Browns teammates read as follows:

“I’m not emotional, but I am sentimental,” he said. “So I’ll soak it all in.”

“I have a job to do,” he said Wednesday, doing all he could to downplay his apparent finale. “I signed my name on the dotted line and until that’s no longer the case I’m going to continue doing my job. The challenge this week is to embrace the rivalry, what that entails, and block out whatever distractions there may be – and in this case, possibly being my last game.’

“Hopefully, it just says that I’ve done my job well,” he said. “I set out a long time ago to work hard and execute when my number was called. There’s been a lot of good players come and go out of this place, I’m certainly not the only one, but it means a great deal to have played in this league as long as I have and especially in one place. To be able to develop the bond with the fans and the organization and teammates and friends and see my kids grow up here, it’s all been good.”

“We don’t want to see Phil leave,” said rookie quarterback Colt McCoy. “We don’t want to see this as his last game. We’ve got a lot of great things going here and he knows what’s changed and what’s happening. I know he wants to be a part of it and I hope he can be.”

If Phil Dawson is forced to leave Cleveland, we hope the following:

  1. If he wants to remain in the NFL, he gets a championship. He deserves it.
  2. When he retires, he chooses to do so as a Cleveland Brown.
  3. Whomever takes his place can be close to as good as he was.

Now, there’s still time, Cleveland Browns. We hope you’ll re-sign him.

LINKS

Morning Journal: Steelers game could be last for Browns kicker Phil Dawson

Cleveland.com: At what cost do Browns re-sign Phil Dawson?

Phil Dawson Wikipedia page

Chronicle-Telegram: Could Dawson’s final kick come this Sunday vs. Steelers?

Orange and Brown Report: Move Over, Lou

Orange and Brown Report: One Class Act

WFNY: About Phil Dawson’s Potential Valedictory Contest

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A Cleveland Browns Exchange

UPDATE: I found, called, and spoke to Mr. Cox by phone today for a while during my lunch hour. The letters are indeed real. He remains a loyal Browns fan.

Deadspin and the Cleveland Scene report the following letter exchange. As a frequent  letter writer, I admire Mr. Bailey’s brevity and am surprised by his candor.

Complaint:

Response:

H/T: Metzigner

Time to Bench Delhomme

At least I’m not the only one saying it. It is time to bench Jake Delhomme. I really like the guy too, but he’s not making the plays. Seneca Wallace needs to be given a chance, if you ask me. Keep McCoy at the third spot, give him some time again when he’s healthy, and prepare him to be a potential Browns legacy QB. Delhomme needs to be removed from the driver’s seat.

Stats vs. Buffalo

Player             Cmp Att   Comp % Yds TDs Int
J. Delhomme 12    20   60.0          86     0    1

Stats vs. Miami

Passing            CP/AT    YDS    TD INT
J. Delhomme 24/34    217    1       0

Stats vs. Carolina

Passing              CP/AT    YDS    TD INT
J. Delhomme 24/35      245    0      2

It was an off day for a lot of Browns, Josh Cribbs included. But Delhomme’s performance in the past three weeks has been marginal at best. Right now, he can’t be trusted to win games.

Put in Wallace.

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Rob Ryan

I am a big fan of Browns Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan. There is a great article about his rivalry with his brother Rex in the NYTimes.

I know he’s a big guy, but could you find a more awkward photo? It looks like an Alien is about to burst through his stomach. Please excuse the bad photoshopping — you get the point.

Serious Browns Fan

Full story here.

Eric Barr packs up and moves to Berea for Browns

Week 6 for the Browns

The Browns are 1-4 and play the dreaded Steelers this week. Jake Delhomme? Hurt. Seneca Wallace? Also hurt. Starting this week: Colt McCoy.

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As you might have read, I blogged about the Browns two weeks ago, when they were 0-3. While that was a despicable record to have, I contend they are a good team. At 1-4, that point still stands. The problems I outlined in that post were (with updates):

  • Second half touchdowns. Going into week 4, the Browns had one total touchdown in the second half for the first three games combined and 0 other points. (In their win against the Bengals, they scored 10 points in the second half. That needs to continue.)
  • The key is offense. When the Browns score at least 20 points, they win. (Now, they’ve only managed to do this once.)
  • The Browns have kept their opponents to few points. No team has scored more than 24 points against them (Ravens.)

The Browns defense has only given up 19 more points than our offense has scored, which isn’t horrible. Over a 5 game period, that’s 3.8 points on average differential. The Browns have only lost one game by more than one score (Atlanta). That’s not terrible, given the combined average records of their opponents is 3.2-1.4. The Steelers’ record? 3-1. The average score of the games shows the Browns keep things close, and with only one real outlier against Atlanta, I’d say the Browns have a good shot against the Steelers.

Pittsburgh leads the series by 4, at 60-56. At home, Cleveland is 34-24 against the Steelers and is 22-36 on the road.

My prediction? Browns win, 24-17.

And a sweetener. Big Ben will be injured in his big debut back. Why? Karma, it’s a chameleon.

As for my thoughts on McCoy, here is what I said on my friend Jarrett’s facebook wall.

I think he might do well. I hesitate to say he should keep the starting position. I don’t think frequent changes at Quarterback help the performance of any team, let alone the Browns.

Once Wallace and/or Delhomme are fine again, they should return to the starting position.

The Browns have had at least 16 different starting quarterbacks in the past 11 years since their return to the NFL.

This will be a good experience for McCoy, I predict the Browns will win, but just because Brady Quinn defeated the Steelers didn’t mean squat.

Browns will need to stick to the program and make McCoy a legacy quarterback for the future, the first time hopefully, in new Browns history.

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Why the Browns are 0 and 3

I have watched the last two Browns games (against KC and Baltimore) and my happiness about their pre-season performance, which is hardly an indicator, is fading — fast.

Here’s the big factor, in my opinion — the second half. In three games, how many of the Browns’ 41 points have been scored in the second half of all three games? 7. That’s right. One touchdown. In six quarters. By comparison, the Browns have given up 30 of our 57 opponents’ points in the second half of the first three games.

Our defense hasn’t been horrible, but you can’t get outscored by 21 points and expect to be winning lots of games.

Here are our current stats up until this point, and we haven’t done that bad. We just need some offense, particularly in the 2nd half. The Browns need Chuck “Chico” Kyle.

The Browns have scored 41 points to their opponents’ 57, being outscored by a total of 16 points for all three games. First downs? Comparable. Third down conversions CLE-35%, Opponents-40%. Opponents have gained 22 more yards than the Browns. We’ve had 14 less offensive plays with a higher average yards per play rating. Rushing yards, we’re behind by a total of 18. Though, we’ve run 18 less plays, and average .7 yards more per play. This means our opponents have taken more time off of the clock, thus denying the Browns time to move down the field. Passing yards? We’re behind by 4 yards total and we’re behind by 1 completion (with 5 more attempts). We have a rate of interceptions equal to our opponents, and average .5 yards less per play. We have 4 sacks to our opponents’ three.

Field goal wise, we are 1/3 while our opponents are 5/6. That adds up to 15 of the 16 points we trail our opponents behind. Even if we were 3/3, that would cut the deficit to 10. We still need touchdowns, heck, anything in the second half. Touchdowns? We’re even at 6 to our opponents’ 6. Time of possession wise, we’re off by about 4 minutes.

Of course, we can always use more defensive stops, but the key to the Browns losing record is due to a lack of offense, not defense. Something that plagued them last year has come back to haunt them — even with three new quarterbacks.

Time to turn it around, Brownies.