The Browns finished the regular season 10-6, and missed out on the post-season on tie-breakers. Good season guys!
I refuse to whine about the Colts game. If the Browns would have taken care of their own business they would have never been in that situation. I will say that the NFL should think about this last week of the regular season however. Personally, I think the Colts should have just forfeited. They obviously had no interest in winning the game, as they were only looking to achieve individual numbers and get out without injury. Of course, had they forfeited they would have to refund too many tickets I guess.
The Browns’ defense looked pretty good yesterday, but keep in mind they were playing a team that had only the most basic offense possible available because of the new QB. Truthfully, I thought they did a terrible job in the first half. Frank Gore ripped off nice runs, and we got no pressure on Weinke. Sure, that changed in the second half when the Browns seemed to realize the 49ers didn’t have the personnel to win that game. Then the sack party was on, and the San Fran running game was shut down.
Josh Cribbs returned a punt and a kick-off back for touchdowns yesterday, though the kick-off was called back on a phantom illegal block penalty. Cribbs was a difference maker yesterday, and that is why he is headed to Hawaii.
Aside from Jamal Lewis, who had a nice game, the offense looked horrible. Derek Anderson may have played his way out of a huge contract the past few weeks. In the past 5 games (not counting Buffalo, because I wouldn’t expect decent numbers in that snow) Anderson was 77 for 138, a respectable 55% completion percentage, but threw 8 interceptions against 9 TD’s. I’m not saying he won’t get offers, or that Cleveland shouldn’t offer him a max contract, but I wonder if he hurt his chances with games like Sunday’s.
Brady Quinn looked relaxed during his drive. That was a good sign. It was good to see him laugh off the dropped passes in the end zone.
Look for a season recap and final grades coming soon. Overall how could you not be encouraged by this season? They reclaimed the home turf, and never lost 2 in a row. Impressive for a team that was 4-12 last year, with losing streaks of 3 and 4 games during the year. Here’s hoping we build on that for next year, and challenge the Steelers for the division title.