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Browns talent deficit continues

March 12, 2012

Year after year since 1999, the Browns have been playing catch up in regards to  player talent. Playing in the AFC North, it’s never going to be easy with the Steelers, Ravens and even the Bengals having a system in place and good drafting over the last few years.  The Browns have no elite skill position players on offense.

The Redskins traded this week for the draft rights to Robert Griffin III. The dynamic signal caller from Baylor has speed, intelligence and a strong arm. He would have been a huge shot in the arm in Cleveland. But, the Redskins gave up 3 number one picks.  It is hard to say the Browns could have topped this bid or should have.

Andrew Luck will be taken first by Indianapolis. Griffin to Washington will follow.  Minnesota is next and then the Browns. I really have no idea what player is in their sights. If it was my choice, I would trade down a few spots and pick Trent Richardson, the running back from Alabama.  With Peyton Hillis likely leaving, the Browns could use a solid back and he looks to be a potential star. Plus the extra pick acquired in trading down could be used to add extra talent later.

This is going to be an important off season. Cleveland is looking to establish an identity and build a core of offensive talent. If no progress is made, more seasons like the last ten will follow.


Hillis and Browns at the crossroads

January 3, 2012


Peyton Hillis is no Jim Brown, no Kevin Mack or Earnest Byner; Leroy Kelly either for that matter. But on this current edition of the Browns he is undoubtedly their most productive offensive player.  I’m not sure what his worth is on the open market. But with a team lacking in skill at so many positions, why would they consider letting him go and drafting a running back?

Hillis has had a weird year. He was the cover boy for the Madden video game series and then haggled with the Berea Bunch about a new contract. As that wound festered he came down with strep throat and missed a game. He later told the media he could probably have played but his agent suggested he not. Then he pulled a hamstring and missed several games while the Browns struggled to fill in for him.

Finally at the end of the year Hillis had a couple of decent games. The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Browns beat writer Tony Grossi has repeatedly opined that Hillis will be let go and not resigned. This is a mistake. Hillis can help the Browns going forward. He’s not irreplaceable but again, there are to many holes in the lineup to give good players away. Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert should think long and hard before giving Hillis away.

Browns season ends with 13-9 defeat to Steelers

January 2, 2012

It’s finally over. The Browns end the season with a 4-12 record. In what seems like a broken record or perhaps a sick and twisted version of the movie “Groundhog Day”, the Browns again will be picking high in the draft and looking for something to build on from this horrific season. I’m not going to delve into the game facts a lot but it wasn’t a bad game for the defense. Jabaal Sheard added a sack to his total of 8.5. Josh Cribbs had a nice game. Otherwise not much to be excited about.

The Browns have a lot of important decisions ahead. What to do about the Quarterback position; who to take with the fourth overall pick; to hire an offensive coordinator. Plus, looking at potential free agents that could be added and deciding what to do with Peyton Hillis. From my vantage point, it seems they should be better next year with even a few new players. It never works out that way though. It’s really hard to have positive feelings about the Browns right now.

a look ahead to the Battle of Ohio

November 26, 2011

In the first match up in Cleveland, the Bengals came out on top 27-17. This time, I expect a different outcome. It seems these games are always close and the Browns should have Peyton Hillis back finally.  The improved play of Colt McCoy and improving young defense give the Browns at least a fighters chance.

Head to Head  All time-    Bengals 40 wins Browns 36

the line-  Bengals -7.5

My prediction- Browns 17 Bengals 14