Sunday, September 26, 2010

Browns keeing it close

The Browns have to find a way to give Eric Wright help on Anquad Boldin in the second half. If they do the can make a game of this. If not, forget it. Bolding has beaten Wright for two touchdowns.

Seneca Wallace has a skeleton crew of receivers. The Ravens should be expecting the run, but the Browns are able to run on them anyway.

Ravens 14, Browns 10 at halftime. Peyton Hillis started in place of injured Jerome Harriso. He carried six times for 38 yards and caught two passes for 16 in the drive just before halftime. His one-yard touchdown run was the first TD scored on the Ravens this season.

Pernalties are a problem again - Five in the fist half.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Another opening loss

So now the Browns are 1-11 in season openers. It was supposed to be different this year with Jake Delhomme, but it wasn't.

Delhomme threw an interception at the end of the first half. It was a high risk, low reward pass, the kind a rookie would make. It was thrown on first down with 38 seconds to play. Delhomme afterward admitted he should have taken the sack. The Bucs turned the huge mistake into a touchdown.

The Browns took the third quarter kickoff and were marching again, but Peyton Hillis fumbled. He wasn't hit or stripped. He just fumbled. The Buccaneers recovered at the Tampa Bay 15.

Those two huge errors sucked the life out of the offense. Coach Eric Mangini expects this group to be resilient. They were not resilient Sunday. If they do not learn how to fight back it will be another very long season.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Hardesty pick backfires

Browns General Manager Tom Heckert Jr. has some explaining to do.

It doesn't bother me he bundled a third-round pick and two fifth-round picks to move back into the second round during the draft in April, but then to use the 59th pick on a running back who had four leg injuries before his senior year was asking for trouble.

History repeats itself in sports. That's why players are scouted. The players who are fast and throw, catch, run or tackle well usually - but not always - take that to the NFL.

Likewise, those who have problems in college football often have the same problem in the NFL. Not to compare William Green to Montario Hardesty, but it was no surprise off the field issues ended Green's career because the Browns' 2002 first-round pick had off the field issues at Boston College. Green was a bad, senseless pick by Butch Davis.

Maybe Hardesty will bounce back in 2011 and be injury free the rest of his career, but I doubt it. He suffered a bone bruise in a non-contact drill before camp started and after just seven plays in a practice game he is on injured reserve with a torn ACL. Those injuries followed his college history. Heckert was convinced Hardesty would be fine in the NFL.

Hardesty is a hard-working, nice guy with an engaging smile. Too bad he has so much trouble staying healthy, and too bad Heckert didn't get the memo.