Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 10/3/12

One of the things that every offense seeks is balance in order to keep the defense honest. Play too much blitz? The offense wants to gash you quickly or with draws. Play too run heavy? Offense wants to gash you at the sidelines. Etc. If the Cleveland Browns receiver problem is as bad as Gregg Easterbrook from ESPN seems to think, it could be very difficult for the Browns to find any balance.

TMQ noted in my preseason preview that the Browns were going nowhere until Greg Little stops dropping the ball. At Baltimore, he dropped four passes, including a strike in the end zone; Cleveland had to settle for a field goal. Little dropped a dozen passes in 2011 and already has six drops in 2012. The obvious move for defensive coordinators is to leave Little uncovered and hope Brandon Weeden throws to him.

Certainly there might be a bit of hyperbole in there from Easterbrook, but if Little’s issues are even a percentage as bad as he indicates, it makes the opposing defense’s gameplan much simpler.

[Related: “Cleveland ’95: A Football Life” will be mandatory viewing for me]

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