Cleveland Browns Mid-season review

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  1. dablakpope

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    The Cleveland Browns have started to hit their stride. When the season started it appeared as though this was the same ol' Browns. Luckily, that was not the case. In the first 2 games of the season, both losses, QB B. Weeden struggled to get a firm grasp of the playbook. During the teams 5 game win streak, he has become a game manager, reminiscent of the year Trent Dilfer took the Ravens to the Super Bowl Championship. The irony of it is the two teams are similar. Both teams have tough defense, game managers at the helm and a bruising RB.
    Speaking of the RB, Trent Richardson has definitely been running the ball very well. He's 4th in the league in rushing. But this isn't a 1 trick pony run game. The free agent acquisition of RB Joique Bell was a great move. He has come in and run the ball hard while giving T-Rich a needed break from time to time. QB B. Weeden threw 7 ints in the 1st 4 games of the season but in the last 3 he has only thrown 3. Now if he can only increase his TD passes as the season progresses.
    The offensive line has been clearing holes large enough to drive a bus thru. And the outlook for the future is great, they will only be losing one in RG B. Moore but there are 4 guys ( LG J. Pinkston, RG S. Luavuo, M. Newhouse and RT O. Cousins) waiting in the wings to take his spot. However there have been rumors that the team is looking to trade at least one of these guys.
    The WR corps is steady but not dynamic. It looks like this will be an area that will be addressed in the offseason. WR Josh Gordon is the leader of this group, with WR Travis Benjamin on the verge of being the next big thing in the league. The trade acquisition of WR Mario Manningham turned out to be just what the DR. ordered. Because of his age, it's unclear if WR D. Henderson will be back with the team.
    On the defense side of the ball, the 3-4 comprised of tremendous youth and depth. The oldest starter is MLB D. Jackson (29). Rumor has it that with the emergence of the younger MLBs, specifically Craig Robertson, the team could look to trade him as well. At the OLB position rookie Barkevious Mingo and converted RE Jabaal Sheard man the outside very well. OLB Q. Groves has been invaluable to the team because of his ability to substitute for any Linebacker position.
    The defensive line is massive. The starters are LE A. Rubin, RE Desmond Bryant and DT Phil Taylor. The depth behind these guys is incredible. 2 guys that standout are RE Billy Winn and new free agent Vinnie Walker, who was released by the Raiders. With their depth, insiders have said this has made RE D. Bryant (89 ovr) expendable. It is believed they wouldn't want blockbuster trade worthiness in return (a 1st rounder or WR) for the massive 3-4 RE that can also play DT.
    Last but not least is the secondary. I have to start with shut down CB Joe Haden. He's the 3rd highest rated CB of the game. The constant improvement of CBs Buster Skrine, Chris Culliver and Chris Cook makes this secondary one to be dealt with. SS Tyvon Branch is all over the field. He's really been a great addition to the team. But the biggest surprise is the play of 2nd year FS Tayshun Gipson. His play has been excellent. He guards the TE, plays excellent zone and is a sure tackler.
    In closing, the Browns are on a 2 game losing streak after winning 5 straight. At 5-4 and they are hoping to make a push to the playoffs. The remaining 7 games won't be a cake walk but they are definitely up to the task. Lets hope they can get that playoff push they so desperately need. With 3 divisional games and the undefeated Patriots, underrated Jaguars and a tough Bears and Jets team on the horizon it won't be easy.
     
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  2. LtJustice

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