Monday, November 20, 2006

It could've been worse. . .

. . . but it should have been a whole lot better. One the one hand, at least it wasn't an embarassing defeat. The Browns continue their streak of being in every game. But on the other hand, man, we should've had this one. This loss is the worst of the season, because this is the first time we lost to an inferior team.

The offense is still broken. Plain and simple. The fumbles don't get me down as much as the inability to run off the clock. How many times this season have we gotten the ball back with a lead, and have gone three and out?
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  • On a positive note, the run defense may be fixed. Now if we just had some healthy cornerbacks, we might have one of the best defenses in the league.
  • On that last TD by Pittsburgh, there was a really bad block by the left tackle that the refs just missed. But, we already know who the refs play for. It wasn't really a surprise to see that at least one member of this officiating staff helped "call" the Super Bowl.
  • There is no doubt in my mind that we would've won this game if any of our top three corners had been able to play. But when you're on your 4th-7th stringers and the other team goes into spread, yeah, they're gonna move the ball.
  • I'm not blaming the D for this loss, because they shouldn't have been put in that kind of position in the first place. But still, part of me can't help but wonder, maybe if we hadn't played so soft on those last two drives, things might've gone differently. At least when Grantham is named head coach at MSU later today, it won't be as big a dissappointment as it would've been if our defense had just won this game.
  • What was the deal with Holly's second INT return? I understand the Browns player's infraction (although I'm REALLY sick of the refs babying the QBs, especially when it seems like its always the other teams QB). But how does that put the ball way back on the 30-something yard line? I'd figure it should be marked off from the end of the play, meaning about the 15th yard line.
  • Another note of ref's babying QBs: a personal foul on Wimbley's QB sack with incidental facemask contact? Gimme a break. Watching the OSU-Michigan game really made me realize how bad the NFL has gotten. There were a couple QB hits that would've been flagged in the NFL where the NCAA refs just let the game play.
  • Kind of disappointing that Braylon Edwards couldn't beat Polamalu down the sideline. It was a great play, but it should've been even better. I he's still not 100% on his knee.

7 comments:

bpbassman said...

No offense helmet, but you are SADLY mistaken if you actually believe that the Steelers are inferior to the Clowns...er Browns. The difference between a championship caliber team and a perenial basemnet dweller is depth, and the Browns have none, as eveidenced by the poor play of the corners in the fourth quarter. Additionally, great teams have players that step up and make big plays WHEN IT COUNTS, in crunch time, when the game is on the line...unlike the Browns that have two talented recievers, Edwards and Winslow,(that need to shut up and play) that haven't really done anything in this league and an unproven quarterback. Ben is a Superbowl Champ, Charlie Frye? not so much. And of course in typical Browns fan fashion ...... and when it really hurts to admit that your team got outplayed in a game they could have won....BLAME IT ON THE REFS!!!!!

Anonymous said...

bpbassman, you hit the nail on the head there. took the words right out of my mouth. typical browns fan...

Dave said...

You're STILL whinning about the Super Bowl?? Please get a life.

Benjamin said...

Im not absolutely certain about this, but on that second INT return that got called back on the roughing penalty, I think this is the rule:

On change of possession plays (kick returns and turnovers), penalties against the returning team are enforced from the spot of the foul, not the end of the run.

A more common example: On a kickoff, an illegal block is 15 yards from the spot of the foul -- not the end of the run -- which means in some cases, it's more like a 40-yard penalty.

So that rouging penalty was enforced from where he hit Roethlisberger, not the end of the run inside the 10.

Anonymous said...

Inferior team? Do you guys drink brown Kool Aid? The Browns are getting better but are not close to overtaking any of their Division rivals. You've been back in the league for eight years and have one playoff loss to show for it. Maybe it's time to get a logo.

That facemask penalty in the fourth quarter was correctly called. When a player grabs the facemask and pulls the opponents head down the word "incidental" doesn't seem to fit.

Anonymous said...

You're seriously blaming the officials after that disastrous collapse by the browns? Wow.

Then again, anyone who doesn't understand that personal fouls are enforced from the spot of the foul probably isn't qualified to be operating a sports blog...

Anonymous said...

You guys are idiots. You will always be the inferior team in the NFL let alone to the Steelers. It's funny to read multiple blogs from Cleveland. You all are disillusioned about your "good" team. Even the blessed Romeo couldn't help. Blitzburgh forever you morons.