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Browns Sack Grantham

Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was let go today. Guess you had to see that coming…or did you?

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Since arriving in 2005 the Browns defense has gotten statically worse each year. They were the 16th ranked unit in ’05, before falling to 27th in ’06 and finishing 30th this season. With numbers like that it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the Browns decided to go in a different direction. But does it?

I honestly thought they were going to give Grantham another year. They did give him an extension in June. Rumors were that if Crennel was fired during this season that Grantham would be the interim head coach, and have an inside shot at the job outright. It could be argued that Grantham has never had a ‘full deck’ of players to work with. Certainly the woes of the defensive line are not entirely his fault. But remember that most of the blame for the ‘off’ year’ in ’06 was given to injuries in the secondary. Grantham was given a pass for that season. This year the defense stayed relatively healthy. Continue reading

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Browns Extend Chudzinski

The Browns haven’t officially announced it, but multiple sources are reporting that offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski has removed his name from consideration for the Baltimore Raven’s head coaching vacancy and signed an extension to continue with the Browns. Thanks to RockKing for the heads up on the story. Here is the link for the Plain Dealer article. Interesting to see how or if this has any impact on the Romeo Crennel extension talks.

Obviously, we are thrilled with the news! Let’s hope this is the beginning of a great sports day here in Buckeye land!

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Forget Derek Anderson and Jamal Lewis…

Without Rob Chudzinski, the Browns are in trouble.

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Found this in the Plain Dealer today.

Browns offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski will interview for the Baltimore Ravens head-coaching position, General Manager Phil Savage said Thursday. Chudzinski, in his first year with the Browns, helped develop the Cleveland offense into one of the best in the NFL. The Browns ranked eighth in the league with an average of 25.1 points and 351.3 yards per game. One reason for their success was quarterback Derek Anderson, who was fifth in the NFL with 29 touchdown passes.

The Browns’ success this season can be attributed to many things; a revamped and healthy offensive line, a solid running game led by Jamal Lewis, the improved play of Braylon Edwards, Kellen Winslow and of course Derek Anderson. But in my opinion, Rob Chudzinski was reason 1A that the Browns’ offense was a success. Continue reading

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On the Outside Looking In

The Browns finished the regular season 10-6, and missed out on the post-season on tie-breakers. Good season guys!

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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. Continue reading

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The ‘Dawson Bar’

A reader of Patrick MaManamon suggested it, and I’m all for it.

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I’m not sure how many times it may come up in conversation, but from henceforth, whenever you are referring to the single, curved, pole support of a football goalpost- it shall be named the Dawson Bar.

As in the Phil Dawson Bar. While the Cleveland-Baltimore game earned the Dawson Bar national attention, it was the Buffalo game last week that cemented Dawson’s name on the bar permanently. Some who watched the game may not even be aware of it however.

Let’s go to the tape… Continue reading

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Pro Bowl Snubs Announced

Wow. How Eric Steinbach was left off that roster I’ll never know.

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Congratulations to Josh Cribbs, who will be the ‘starting’ kick returner for the AFC Pro-Bowl squad, and also to Braylon Edwards who made the roster at WR. Those two are certainly deserving of their first Pro-Bowl appearance. Unfortunately for Cribbs and Edwards, every article written about the Browns and the Pro-Bowl will more than likely focus on who was not invited to Hawaii. I understand that because of injuries another Brown or two might find themselves invited, but there is something to be said for being nominated from the get-go.

We know this for certain- Browns guard Eric Steinbach was the leading vote-getter on the offensive line from the fans. That vote is supposed to count for one-third of the final tally. The other two-thirds come from the players and the coaches. So what does that tell us? Well, apparently Eric is either not well liked, or not well respected among those in the league. He was first among guards from the fans, and obviously didn’t crack the top three from either the coaches or the players or he would have made the roster. Continue reading

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Halftime Adjustments Hall of Fame

No, there isn’t one…yet, but if there was, Brian Westbrook would have earned his way in it yesterday.

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By now you probably know the scenario. The Eagles were beating the Dallas Cowboys 10-6, with just over two minutes to go in the game. Dallas had used all of their timeouts. On a first down carry, Westbrook broke through the line and found himself with a waltz to the end zone. As I watched him run towards the goal line I figured this TD was going to secure the game, even though Dallas would get the ball back. What happened next amazed me.

Westbrook slid on the 1 yard line, forfeiting the the touchdown, so that the Eagles could run the clock out. Word is that he was told by O-lineman Jon Runyan to fall down if he got near the goal line. Even if that is the case, it was still an amazing unselfish play for Westbrook to go through with it. I was extremely impressed with his decision, and would be happy to have Westbrook play for my team any day.

Let’s ask this question- would Terrell Owens have done the same thing if he were in that situation? Of course not. Owens not only would have taken the TD, but he would have celebrated in some way that his team was penalized on the kick-off.

Congrats Westbrook. Way to show teamwork and class, and to realize there are things more important than your own numbers.

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