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Posted on: September 4, 2008 10:35 am
 

Cleveland Browns Name Team Captains

The Cleveland Browns named six team captains for the 2008 season yesterday, according to Clevelandbrowns.com.

Two captains were named for each football team. Here they are along with my thoughts on the nominations...

Offense
  • QB Derek Anderson: This one is almost cliche. If you don't name your quarterback a captain of your team, what message are you sending to your signal caller and your team in general? Anderson's play last year and importance to this year justify his captain status.
  • C Hank Fraley: Fraley is the capain of the trenches. Hank is responsible for making all of the protection calls for the offensive line - an essential task to a successful offense. Seeing as how the Browns are an offensive-based football team, I like this pick as captain.
Defense
  • LOLB Willie McGinest: McGinest is the oldest member of the Browns with the most experience - so I have no problem with naming him a captain. I'm curious to see how McGinest impacts this team in '08. While he clearly isn't the every down player he was in New England, I hope he at least proves serviceable.
  • MLB Andra Davis: He's been here the longest, so this nomination makes sense. Davis has been the lone bright spot on a below average defense for the past 4 years. I'm glad that he gets a chance to play on a contender before his time in Cleveland comes to an end.
Special Teams
  • K Phil Dawson: You win and lose games with kickers and we have a good one. I'm glad that Dawson is a team captain again - especially after the clutch kicks in Baltimore and Seattle.
  • KR/WR Josh Cribbs: Cribbs was easily the MVP of our special teams unit last year. His contributions on kick returns AND kickoffs are a big reason why '07 was a great year.
Any time there is an fan-based award, there are "snubs." For the sake of simplicity, I'll list two.

Braylon Edwards
It's hard to lead a football team from the wide receiver position; however if anyone could do it, Braylon Edwards is your guy. Edwards has grown and developed from the arrogant 3rd overall pick from Michigan. He has turned into a playmaker, a top 10 receiver, and a vocal team leader on and off the field. I would think that his passion and energy would make him a great fit to hold the prestegious "Captains C," but the fans must have thought otherwise.

Sean Jones
This one has more to do with the future of the team moreso than anything else. Jones has a contract situation coming up next year. From a logical standpoint, it would make sense to name him a defensive team captain for the sake of negotiations. I'd be willing to bet that it would be harder for Sean Jones to walk away from the Browns after he performed well as the defensive leader of this team. NFL players (especially defensive backs) seem to have HUGE egos. Give him a leadership role, let him be recognized as a prominent figure on this defense, and hope that would generate at least a touch of guilt about walking away for money and playing elsewhere.

Closing thoughts: Now that Cribbs has garnered captain status, could we finally see him referred to as "Captain Cribbs?" Joshua doesn't have a nickname and with his bright personality and dynamic skills, it's almost a tragedy. I remember an interview he did after a 99 yard near touchdown run against Pittsburgh where he described the run as "happening in slow motion" in an almost superhero-like way. Captain Cribbs...I hope it catches on.

If anything, Cleveland fans could use a new "CC" to replace the old one we lost.

I miss you CC. Come back to us.
Posted on: August 25, 2008 2:50 pm
 

Stopping the Run

I can see this coming from a mile away. As a Browns fan, I understand the importance of a dominate defensive in Romeo's 3-4 defensive scheme. However, as a football realist, I can see this defense being horrendous because of one thing and one thing alone.

The Browns will not be able to stop the pass.

Any competent offensive coordinator will have no trouble scheming against the '08 Browns. The running game not working? Fine. All you have to do is spread the defense out using 3 or 4 wide receiver sets, and you can pick this inexperienced secondary apart.

Not only do we lack depth at corner, but we also lack a true cover man. Guys like Chad Johnson, Hines Ward, Randy Moss, T.O., and Reggie Wayne will easily shake the shoes off our inexperienced cornerbacks. In Cleveland, the double move will be feared more than Jay-Z at a Cavs game.

Our safeties are as young, talented, and athletic as any in the NFL. Sean Jones and Brodney Pool may guarantee that we don't get beat deep, but at the end of the day, it takes good corners to stop receiving threats. Coordinators in the NFL are known to pick on a guy. Like a predator pouncing on an injured antelope - players with poor cover skills are akin to fresh meat in today's game. If he's struggling with the deep ball, then you bet they're going to go up top. If he struggles with press coverage, then you can be assured that underneath routes will be the call of the day. You just can't hide poor play at that position.

Finally, with our offense appearing to be dynamic as ever - we will score points in bunches this year. What happens when Derek and company come out of the gate with two quick scores? Do you think coaches are going to try grinding it up the middle? My guess would be teams will take it to the air - and by the looks of things they'll do it with a great deal of success.

The passing game seems to be the evolution of today's pro offense. This is a copycat league. With the gaudy numbers amassed by the Patriots in 2007, I'd be more than willing to bet that the spread offense will see greater use now more than ever. The Pats of last year have proven that the old cliche of running the ball and stopping the run has become a thing of the past.

This spells bad news for the Browns. If Eric Wright, Brandon McDonald, and the rest of the secondary play to their expectations, then the sky is the limit for this team. Sadly, I don't see that happening, which will translate into another disappointing season for the Cleveland Browns and their fans.
 
 
 
 
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