Originally posted on The Sports Rocker  |  Last updated 9/28/12
Welcome to the NFL, Trent Richardson. Welcome to the NFL, Brandon Weeden. This ain't Alabama. And this ain't Oklahoma State.


The two former college all-stars were drafted onto possibly the worst team to end up on. Richardson came from Alabama, where he lined up behind lines full of four and five star recruits. Now they're lining up behind guys that are fairly new to the NFL.

Center Alex Mack was a first round pick by the Browns in 2009. Left guard Jason Pinkston was drafted in the fifth round in 2011. Left tackle Joe Thomas was drafted in the first round of the 2007 draft. Right guard Shawn Lauvao was drafted in the third round in 2010. And right tackle Mitchell Schwartz was drafted in the second round of the 2012 draft. That's not what I would call a veteran group. The entire line was drafted by the Browns, so there's that.

Unfortunately for the Browns though, they don't seem to be doing a very good job at either pass protection or run blocking. The Browns are in the top half in sacks allowed (9) and rookie quarterback Weeden has thrown seven interceptions, which currently leads the NFL. Keep in mind the Browns just played the Thursday night game so have played an extra game compared to other teams, minus the Ravens of course. Last year, the Browns quarterbacks (Seneca Wallace and Colt McCoy) combined for only 16 interceptions. But they were almost last in completion percentage, so maybe their accuracy was really, really bad. As in nowhere near a receiver or defender.

Believe it or not, Brandon Weeden has actually passed for 300+ yards in two games this season. Which is quite impressive since the last time a Browns quarterback threw for over three hundred yards was Colt McCoy on October 2, 2011.

And then there's poor Trent Richardson. Richardson could sometimes pile up 100 yards in a half at Alabama. In the NFL, it's a different story. The Browns are almost last in rush yards per game. Last year, they only averaged 95.9 yards per contest, good enough for 28th in the League. Richardson's rush yards per game this season are as follows: 39, 109, 27, and 47.

In last night's game against the Ravens, the Browns obtained one first down on the ground. One. Richardson showed at Alabama he's a beast. Unfortunately for him, opposing defenses are loading up the box to either rattle Weeden or stop the run. Weeden was actually sacked on a play last in the third quarter where the Ravens only sent three against the Browns 5-man offensive line. We have Brad Childress, the Browns offensive coordinator, to thank for this. Remember what a swell job he did in Minnesota developing Tarvaris Jackson into a quarterbacking stud? Yeah, me neither.

The Browns have a young nucleus, Weeden (well, kinda young), Richardson, and receivers Greg Little and Mohamed Massquoi, and they need to be in a position to make a run at the playoffs. The o-line needs to improve or changes will be made. I wouldn't be surprised to see those changes start with Childress, or even head coach Pat Shurmur.
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