Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Should the Browns have won this game? Probably. Unfortunately, we found out Sunday that Brandon Weeden is not only not a good quarterback, but he can’t even be a game manager. He can’t rise to the occasion. And his signature play is now a left-handed shot-put of a throw that was intercepted and essentially sealed the victory for the Detroit Lions.” [Delco/The OBR]
Don’t know that I agree with this one. “The Browns might be better served being a little more restrained with just how much or how many they blitz or increase the amount of players that show blitz but drop back into coverage. The Browns are living by the blitz and dying by the blitz. That is who they are and who they want to be, but it is biting them and teams have been able to figure them out over the course of a game. They need to find a way to keep teams guessing and keep them off balance. They also need guys to step up and make great plays individually. Players need to win on an individual basis more consistently so they make those blitzes and this pressure scheme count for more.” [Smith/Dawg Pound Daily]
“At the end of the day, though, Cleveland has themselves to blame. They couldn’t generate a lick of pressure on Matthew Stafford. Despite the fact that Johnson was largely a decoy, Reggie Bush provided a spark for the Lions. Inside linebacker Craig Robertson did not have a good day in coverage, and the defense allowed an undrafted free agent tight end, Joseph Fauria, to catch three touchdown passes against them and do a stupid touchdown dance after each of them.” [Pokorny/Dawgs By Nature]
“Obviously, those carrying the ball also have a lot to do with the rushing successes overall. That said, this year’s top two rushers are Carlos Hyde and Jordan Hall which is quite frankly, probably the least dominant 1-2 punch of leading rushers in comparison to duos over the five years prior that featured tandems such as Miller/Hyde, Miller/Boom, Boom/Pryor, Pryor/Saine and Beanie/Pryor.
Also, of the eight Ohio State running backs with at least 10 carries this season, six of them are averaging 6.1 yards or more per pop. Again, there are some talented runners in the stable but they’d be the first to tell you how much easier their job becomes when huge holes or set edges allow them to reach top speed for before encountering any resistance, most often at the 2nd level.” [Lauderbeck/Eleven Warriors]
Finally, if you haven’t seen the picture of the Michigan fan getting pepper sprayed at the Penn State game, well here. [Yahoo]