Pete Prisco signs his name to a 1-15 projected record for the 2012 Browns, and Jason LaCanfora, Pat Kirwan and Rob Rang team up with an anonymous “Insider” to round out a comprehensive pre-season analysis.
Anonymous Insider says:
“I don’t see any real hope there. They improved some defensively but that’s just not a very good football team. Maybe four wins? They have a long ways to go to compete in this division. From what I hear, Holmgren is committed to all five years and I don’t see them firing him. I guess the question is does he come back to coach?”
The last question, about Holmgren coming back to coach, is so out of touch with reality that it’s harder to take Insider too seriously on the rest. And it’s hard to see anyone but the quarterbacks as the “X-Factor” for this team in 2012 (LaCanfora tabs Greg Little as Cleveland’s Mr. X). But on the whole, the CBS page is a good read, with the money quote coming from Pat Kirwan (corrections inserted):
Cleveland’s 4-3 is underrated in
one[no] sense (10th overall [if you measure only by counting yards gained by opponents]) but[and] couldn’t stop the run. Teams sat on early leads which inflated the Browns’ pass defense numbers. Eleven teams didn’t even throw for 200 yards against the Browns but were 8-3 in those games.
So getting back to Mary Kay Cabot’s statement last weekend that there’s “no way the Browns will be picking first” in next April’s draft, and figuring that the truth is likely to be somewhere in between Cabot’s prediction and Prisco’s, the possibility of a tie and lost coin flip, as noted by GrandRapidsRustlers here on Monday, is seeming more likely.
In other news, here’s a good read about Cavs summer league action by Andrew Schnitkey at WFNY, and salute to New Orleans rapper Christopher Dorsey, better known as B.G., “who gained international acclaim for his gritty songs detailing drug dealing, violence and a no-snitch mantra” and is going to prison for 14 years for gun possession and witness tampering (i.e. not snitching).