Originally written on Cleveland Frowns  |  Last updated 8/13/12
Nine passing attempts isn’t a lot. It only seems that way when one is picked off, another bounces off the pads of an opposing cornerback who’s streaking for your end zone, and a tenth is ruled a fumble. Eight penalties in the first half, and allowing your opponent 6.4 yards per carry in the same half, though? That’s just Shurmurball. DRINK! Like Brandon Weeden in 2012, Joe Flacco and Ben Roethlisberger were inserted as starters, presumed career starters, in their respective rookie seasons as well. What kind of quarterback would either one be today if he would have had to come up playing with a defense that couldn’t stop the run — with more pressure on every drive, the impact of every mistake compounded? It’s something to think about as the season progresses. And if you want more proof of the connection between run defense and the ability to develop a young quarterback, well, how could you possibly want more proof of that? DRINK! D’Qwell and Rubin weren’t out there on Friday, so ma...
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