Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 9/19/12

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“Rejoice – this team is watchable again. My dad stopped watching the Browns for years because they weren’t putting out a product that was worth invetsing time or money into. I would admonish him for not caring about the hometown team and he would immediately point out that everyone in the league refers to it as “a business.” And businesses are supposed to provide good products or services, right? Well, if that prodcut is defective, that business shouldn’t succeed…right?

I want that product to be competitive with other products. The Browns, if competitive, would become like a mom-and-pop shop that I wanted to support instead of going to Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart’s low prices would be like a team that wins, but I would support the local grocery because it’s mine. I can handle “a little worse” if there is a legitimate reason or positive impact done by it. In this case, the positive impact/legitimate reason would be that the Browns were in the same realm as the metaphorical Wal-Marts and Targets (say, the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers). I want to support the local business. It would just be much easier to support the local business if it sold food that tasted good.” [Nye/Dawg Pound Daily]

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Excellent breakdown of the Buckeye offense- “The Buckeye offense was able to re-group and respond when needed in the fourth quarter, however, both through scheme and personnel. As evidenced by the above photos, the Bear is heavily bunched between the tackles. Offenses can successfully attack the defense on the edge. OSU did so with speed option. In fact, OSU did not run this play enough, as Cal never stopped it. The Buckeyes had success on the first offensive drive of the third quarter, but then went away until its penultimate scoring drive. Cal’s defense simply could not account for both Miller and Jordan Hall.” [Fulton/Eleven Warriors]

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“3. Speaking of the checkdowns, credit has to be given to the Browns’ offensive staff for putting Weeden into more positive situations this week.* With the threat of a running game, Pat Shurmur (Brad Childress) was able to offer a more varied game plan – one that relieved Richardson of eight-man fronts and Weeden of seven-man blitzes.

3a. And what has happened to the Bengals’ defense? After two games, the Bengals have surrendered a 1,000 yards of offense. Just a year ago, this was a well-coached and fairly deep defense.” [DK/The OBR]

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Yikes. Rutgers’ FG snap holder breaks pinky. Kind of gross video. [Youtube] (Hat tip Uni-Watch)

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“There are times when I look back and think I might have been too hard on a team. Sunday seemed like a game the Browns could have won — had they had a secondary. But perhaps in the weariness of watching the Browns lose — Josh Cribbs phrased it “losing and sucking” on Twitter — the half-empty side took over. So let’s go to the half-full side: That was as good an offensive one-two performance by two guys since the Derek Anderson-Jamal Lewis days. Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson erased a bunch of concerns with the way they played. Weeden stood in strong against the rush, at times until the last second, and completed throws that haven’t been completed in a few years by a Browns quarterback. He was as good in game two as he was bad in game one. And Trent Richardson provided a jolt of energy. He showed quickness and elusiveness he lacked in the opener, and toughness expected of him when he was drafted. It was still a loss, but it was a loss that truly had “progress.”” [McManamon/FSO]

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