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Posted on: November 25, 2008 2:21 am
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Umm... Where's the D?

Has anyone noticed the NFL scoreboard from this past week? My God, have NFL teams forgot how to play defense? Look at the scores; 48-28, 54-31, 37-29, 45-28, 35-22, 51-29, etc, etc. Wow! The average score for an NFL team this past week was 26.16 points. The average score for the winning team was 34.5 pts. This seems really high to me. Of course, my team the Cleveland Browns scored 6 points, but then again they were up against the staunch defense of the Houston Texans (sarcasm should be noted). Did Roger Goodell send out a memo requesting teams to only put 10 players on the defensive side or something? I know that the league is putting more emphasis on the pass, and I think this is a big reason for the scores. Not only were teams lighting it up on the offensive side, but how many interception returns for touchdowns were there? I can count about 3 off the top of my head (the Bills Leodis McKelvin, the Ravens Ed Reed, the Buccaneers Ronde Barber). With all the passing now, defenses are getting more opportunities to score off the pick as well. Now, I guess the question is this: will this be a trend or an aberration? My mind says this is a trend, while my heart hopes it's an aberration. I'm already longing for the days of smashmouth football. Where have you gone Jim Brown?

 

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Posted on: January 20, 2008 12:00 am
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Reflecting on what could have been...

Now that I've had a few weeks to calm down after the Jim Sorgi affair and look over the season that was, I've come to the realization of what could have been. The Browns, for all their success this season were only a handful of plays from being 13-3 and hosting either a wild card game or (gasp) earning a first round bye (not sure how the tie breaker would have played out with the Dolts, er Colts). Three games could, check that, should have seen us winning. They are, in order:  

1. Week 3 @ Oakland. The field goal that wasn't. Phil Dawson kicked what seemed to be the winning field goal in the final few ticks against the Raiders. But wait... first year Oakland HC Lane Kiffin called a timeout as the ball was snapped. Dawson then proceeded to miss the second attempt. I really hope the NFL puts a stop to this.

2. Week 10 @ Pittsburgh. Second half collapse. Lacking what seemed to be a killer instinct, the Browns, who led 21-9 entering the second half, allowed the Steelers back into the game and the defense couldn't stop Ben Roethlisberger. This game also featured the infamous time-out/ challenge gaffe by Romeo Crennel. Another last minute field goal was missed by Dawson, this time it would have tied the game.

3. Week 13 @ Arizona.  K2 was clearly forced out! Playing a very lackluster game all day, the Browns should have actually won this game. A final drive engineered by Derek Anderson culminated in a 37 yard TD to Kellen Winslow Jr. to tie the game with the extra point still to be kicked. However, the blind sideline judge who was watching the entire play called Winslow out of bounds. It was clear that K2 only got one foot down in bounds, but the 2 Cardinals DBs had obviously forced him out. Heck, one of them was holding Winslow in the air while the other gave him a fore-arm shiv to the back to push him out. Ugh!

By the bye, this season was very successful, and only gives hope to the future. It should be an interesting off-season for the Brownies, and I have all the faith in the world that Phil Savage will do everything in his power to win the Division next year!

And tho our health we drank a thousand times, Its time to ramble on. >K

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Posted on: January 19, 2008 9:23 pm
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Pats/Pack Super Bowl??

Mulling over the possibilties of the upcoming Super Bowl, and I find it hard to come up with a good match-up. The obvious choice is the Patriots vs. the Packers, but I wonder to myself how good of a game it would be? It is a rematch of the '95 (?) SB, and the funny thing is that one of the QB's (Brett Favre) remains the same. However I think that the result will be drastically different, unless the officiating is lax. If the officials allow the Pack DB's, Charles Woodson and Al Harris, to play their physical style, it might be a decent game. But I don't see this happening, as I'm pretty sure that the zebras will be calling a tight game and that should mean a lot of pass interference/ defensive holding calls. If the GB duo has to play off of Randy Moss, Wes Welker and Donte' Stallworth then it's game over. Now, having said this, you would think the NFL will go over this before the game and realize that if they let the players play it will be a good matchup. I would like to see that happen, as the officials seem to try to hog a lot of the spotlight during big games, which as a fan I hate to see. Boys, keep your whistles in your pockets, and if this is the Super Bowl to be, make the Patriots earn their place in history :)

 And tho our health we drank a thousand times, Its time to ramble on. >K

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