Cleveland Browns Year in Review

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  1. kdpnutter

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    This past year has brought some hope to the Cleveland Brown fans, with a great season defensively and a solid offense. However, injuries plagued the Browns all season long, losing SS TJ Ward for 6 weeks, QB Colt McCoy for 11 weeks, and Rookie MLB Kierre Roberson for 5 weeks, in the absence of TJ Ward, Larry Asante stepped in and for 6 weeks had a pro-bowl type season. Coach Nutter had a tough decision to decide whether or not to allow TJ Ward back in the lineup or keep Larry Asante in the lineup. Joe Haden established himself as a premier CB of the league and the Browns showed there defensive prowess this year ranking 1st in overall defense in the entire NFL.

    However, offensively when the injury to Colt McCoy happened the Browns were struggling after losing their leader. Seneca Wallace filled in until he himself visited the Injury Report. Allen Brown was signed to replace Jake Delhomme who mentioned to management that he would rather retire and join the front office. Jake Delhomme has been told upon retirement that he will move into the Head of Scouting upon retirement.

    Peyton Hillis had a good season but not as good as many had hoped or expected from Hillis. However, the emergence of 2nd year play Montario Hardesty had a good year in the second half of the year splitting carries with Peyton Hillis and gave a good 1, 2 punch in the running backs. Mohammed Massaquoi and Joshua Cribbs had a good year, but leading the receivers was TE Benjamin Watson. However, drops played a big part of the issue with the Browns in the playoffs against Buffalo and the Browns finished the season 13-3 and hosted a playoff game for the first time in the last 2 decades. Fans in Cleveland are excited for the upcoming year but expect changes from President Mike Holmgren in the personnel department especially with the upcoming draft. We will have to see what exactly the Browns do in the offseason.

    Stay Tuned for updates on the Browns......
     
  2. ChickenOfTheSea

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    I have a theory on Drops but it iwll take me a little while to verify it with stats. I'll get back to you if I follow through the idea in my head.
     
  3. kdpnutter

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    Okay, well some of them were good plays of getting the tackle within a step or two of the catch, and the others they were open like 2 or 3 steps in front of the guy and dropped em, so that will have to be addressed this offseason, hopefully through progression or trade or draft maybe.
     
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    Cleveland Browns President Mike Holmgren had his second War Room Draft Day with Coach Nutter and looking at the schedule for the upcoming season it will appear for one thing and that is the lack of team speed needed to be addressed as well as areas of defensive concerns.

    Cleveland would address one of their biggest issues at MLB with the 27th overall pick taking MLB DeMond Cooper who displays the type of speed for the 3-4 that is necessary to be a force. In the second round the offensive side of ball would be addressed with the lack of speed at HB. President Holmgren and Coach Nutter were extremely happy with the Bruising Brothers, Peyton Hillis and especially Montario Hardesty but wanted a quick change of pace. Cleveland selected RB Parker Boates in the second round, in round number 3 the Browns would go back to the defensive side of the ball and would take CB Barry Reyes who will provide some nice coverage against the 4th or 5th WR. Round 4 saw the Browns take a young quick TE looking to have an eventual replacement to Benjamin Watson and in the 5th round saw a WR come to the Browns in the form of Jerome Hill. Cleveland already has decided that those two taken in round 6 and 7 would not make the team and in fact were already cut.

    President Holmgren stated after the draft, "We are really happy with how things turned out, we were worried in the first round that we wouldn't be able to address our chief need and were able to find DeMond still there when we selected. I believe defense is what wins championships and that is what we are trying to build here is a championship team."

    Coach Nutter also spoke, "President Holmgren is right, the draft did go extremely well but don't think that means we are done making moves either, we are going to continue exploring the possibilities available to make our team better, and that will include via trade or free agency. Expect the Brown to be very active this offseason."
     

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