Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 9/14/13
Great teams have the luxury of slowly phasing in their rookies. They can take their time to bring them up to speed, teach them, mold them, and put them in positions to succeed. We haven’t had much of that in Cleveland. But when Mingo went down with his bruised lung in the preseason the usual panic and disgust that usually goes along with Browns’ news of this sort didn’t seem to come. WFNY explored this topic before week one, trying to understand the unusual calmness that Browns fans were portraying regarding the Mingo injury. A little over a week later, sitting at 0-1, and staring at a very real possibility of falling to the playoff killing 0-2 — Mingo’s return to the field couldn’t come at a better time. All the talk in the off season of change with the new front office, coach, coordinators, and free agent additions had hopes surprisingly high for 2013. There seemed to be a different feel surrounding the 2013 Browns than there had been in any year since ’99. Then week one actually happened, the Browns looked identical to the team we’ve grown accustomed to watching, losing yet another tight, low scoring, ugly football game. Buzzkill. Now the fan base, has turned from cautiously optimistic to just plain cautious. Little news throughout the week would deter the hopeless feelings leftover from the Dolphins loss, but the announcement that first round pick Barkevious Mingo would see limited action in Baltimore is a start. It’s unclear how many snaps Mingo will play on Sunday, whether they’ll be on special teams or with the starting defense. But just seeing the electrifyingly fast number 51 on the field at M&T Bank Stadium is a positive. Who knows how limiting Mingo’s bruised lung will be? It’s an injury that requires caution — Mingo could play one play and deem himself unfit, or the pass rusher out of LSU could feel normal and contribute all game long. What the Browns need to do is put him in positions to be successful. Since Mingo has missed so many valuable reps in the preseason and in practice, he surely is not up to speed with all the assignments in Ray Horton’s defense — but he doesn’t need to be. The Browns need to get Mingo on the field in situations where he can pin his ears back and do what he does best — rush the passer. Don’t bog the rookie down with trying to think, make it simple and easy for him. See that goofy looking guy in the number 5 jeresey? Go get him. With it unclear how much we’ll actually see Mingo on Sunday I’m trying not to get my hopes up. However, after the yet another stomach punch by the Browns on opening day I’m starved for anything to get me excited. Any display of Mingo’s speed, a hit on Flacco, a hurry on Flacco, even a sneeze on Flacco will get me excited. The new Browns regime promised things would be different, yet so far things look the exact same. Mingo was the first draft pick of the Lombardi/Banner era and the perception of Mingo’s success will surely mirror the perception of the front office. It’s never too early to start seeing the 6th overall pick paying dividends. [Photo: Candace Vicek]
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
One Gotta Go: NFL Legends (and Jose Canseco!) Have No Love For Captain America
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Lochte to be summoned to appear in Rio, charged with making false report

Carlos Ruiz traded to Dodgers

Ezekiel Elliott reportedly arrived at training camp overweight

Olympian auctions off medal to help young cancer patient

Report: Dodgers have turned down lowball offers for Puig

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jason Pierre-Paul’s lawsuit against Adam Schefter, ESPN will proceed

The Rock, Vin Diesel to settle 'rivalry' at WrestleMania 33?

Report: Browns trade former No. 6 overall pick Mingo to Pats

Harden organizing players-only minicamp with Rockets

Raiders file trademark applications for ‘Las Vegas Raiders’

U.S. Soccer hands Solo six month suspension for Olympic comments

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for fast food

What you need to know about the Champions League draw

Can the San Francisco Giants bust their teamwide slump?

A look at 2016 college football conference changes

The 20 best boxing movies ever

Will Perriman help Ravens find elusive WR success?

Jay Bouwmeester’s selection to Team Canada’s World Cup roster is a head-scratcher

Five MLB players with a lot to lose down the stretch

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for our favorite football movies

Bruce Arians on sideline video use: 'It helps bad coaches'

Hard not to be cynical about LeBron's 'Cleveland Hustles'

Familiar faces that won't be seen in the NFL this year

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 20 best boxing movies of all time

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for fast food

What you need to know about the Champions League draw

Can the San Francisco Giants bust their teamwide slump?

A look at 2016 college football conference changes

Can Perriman's return help Ravens find oft-elusive WR success?

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for our favorite football movies

Hard not to be cynical about LeBron James' 'Cleveland Hustles'

Ranking the uniforms of the NFL from worst to best

Familiar faces that won't be seen in the NFL this year

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker