X’s and O’s with the Bros Week 5: Smashed and Gashed by the New York Giants

by Cleveland Frowns on October 10, 2012

Welcome to the latest edition of Xs and Os with the Bros by Xs and Os editor @rodofdisaster. This feature represents a basic attempt to look deeper into the game of football, learn something about the X’s and O’s that make it go, and better appreciate the games within the game. It’s called Xs and Os with the Bros because you don’t have to be a player, coach, or rocket surgeon to get something out of taking a closer look at a football play, so please enjoy the post and the discussion in the comments.

This week Rod focuses on the recurring nightmare that is the Browns run defense and takes a look at how the league’s 22nd ranked rushing attack rolled for 243 yards and 7.1 yards per carry last Sunday in New York.

—————

Time: 4th Quarter, 8:32 left
Score: 34-20 Giants
Situation: 2nd & 8 on NY 22

PRE-SNAP:


The Giants are in “22” personnel with 2 RB and 2 TE. This is called “Tank” personnel. It’s an I-formation with the receiver to the right or field side. The Browns are in Base 43 personnel with 4DL, 3 LB and 4DBs.

We see Usama Young coming down toward the line (S at the top of the screen) creating an ostensibly run-stuffing 8-man box, or 9 if you count Sheldon Brown (CB, #24 at bottom). T.J. Ward is bailing to the deep middle pre-snap giving this the appearance of man-free coverage (1 deep safety, man-to-man underneath).

Back on the Giants side of the ball, if we divide the field in half and look to the right of the center, you have two linemen and the TE#1 (Bennett). there are 2 defensive linemen and a SAM backer there and the FB would give the Giants an advantage on this side. Young comes into the box to even the odds. To the left of the center, we see two linemen and a second TE (Pascoe), with four defenders on that side of the field. By adding the second tight end, the Giants created a second strong-side, forcing weak-side backer (typically smaller body-types than strong-siders) Maiava into a disadvantaged matchup. Add in the FB in this direction and the number of blockers matches the number of defenders in whatever direction the play goes.

THE BLOCKS:

In panel A, we see the developing run to the left. The blue arrow shows the LT pulling outside to lead. The TE has Frostee Rucker blocked. The blue rectangle shows the LG and C engaging in a “combo” block on the defensive tackle (Winn). The LG will disengage and move the next level to take on the Mike backer (Fort) successfully as seen in panel B. The RG is one on one with the weakside defensive tackle (Rubin) and the backside TE is blocking Sheard.

The yellow rectangle shows Hynoski taking out a half-hearted attempt by Sheldon Brown who has offered him his shoulder instead of squaring up and fighting off the block. He’s simply consuming the block. Panel C shows Hynoski in all his glory having created a crease. Panel C also shows us that, to his credit, Rubin (asterisk) has gotten off of Snee’s block and has hustled down the line to try and fill that open gap and tackle the ball carrier. He dives but can’t get him.

THE SAFETY NET:

Here we see Bradshaw get burst downfield on the strength of great blocking. The LT Beatty is pushing Maiava downfield and releases as the play gets past. Ward is pursuing in panel A with an angle. The subsequent panels show him getting slapped away easily, and failing to make the tackle. At this point, Bradshaw cuts back inside to Ward’s help. This finishes off a 28 yard gain capping Bradshaw’s best day as a professional running back (200 yards on 30 carries).

DISCUSSION:

“If you can’t roll with the big dogs, stay on the porch.” -Chris Doleman, NFL Hall of Fame Defensive Tackle

I was physically present at Sunday’s game (with pateslvrblk and @jimkanicki) knowing that I’d have more opportunity to see things I would include in this week’s edition of X’s and O’s. Unfortunately, as much as I would have loved to have focused on the outstanding effort of the offensive line (Over 5 yards per carry and no sacks against the Giants?!) or the fact that Trent Richardson seems to be more comfortable in passing situations or that Chris Ogbonnaya has been a steady contributor, I’m too haunted by plays like this one to spend time getting into anything else. That’s in addition to the blown red zone coverages by three different corners on three different Victor Cruz touchdowns, and the continued failure of Pat Shurmur to meaningfully use any play action to help his passing game. It isn’t that the Browns simply allowed a first down or 28 yards on this play. It’s that they consistently failed to exhibit gap integrity or use proper tackling technique.

First, the gap integrity, which has been a problem all season.

Directly above is the pre-snap from the all-22 coaches’ film. I’ve drawn an arrow demonstrating every player’s gap responsibility. I didn’t assign one to the Mike and I will explain why below. Any fundamentally sound defensive play will be executed with what is called “gap integrity” meaning that every gap from “A” which is next to the center on outward is accounted for by a defensive player. These are the players’ “run fits” or where they “fit” into the holes. Looking at the play as it unfolds this gap integrity breaks down. What I have labeled as Maiava’s gap is where the huge hole ends up, yet, he doesn’t fill it. One of two things has happened here:

a) It was Maiava’s gap and he hesitated or tried to move to the next gap over getting swallowed by Beatty, or;
b) Maiava was responsible for the gap outside of Rucker and this was actually a gap that Fort was responsible for. Note: We can assume D’Qwell Jackson would have done better here.

I don’t know exactly what Jauron assigned them, but this is where the play initially breaks down. The left side of the Giants’ blocking scheme caves in that side of the defensive front and the defenders are already many yards in reverse.

Add in the fact that Hynoski is a great blocker and there is a wide chasm for Bradshaw to run through. We could single out Brown for a half-hearted attempt here but the bigger flaw is not his heart; It’s his technique. He’s offering a shoulder to the blocker instead of squaring himself and allowing himself to use a balanced stance that he could generate power with to fight off the block and perhaps even shed the blocker to make the play. You hope that Marecic was watching this.

Ward’s effort here was equally half-hearted. He was easily fended off as he had no center of gravity below him, wasn’t squared up to the runner and he was ineffective. At least he turned the runner back inside to his help.

This play also demonstrates a lack of tackling skill and while this is an epidemic in the NFL these days, any 10 year old Pop Warner player is taught to tackle with bent knees and hips and their shoulders square with their head up. They wrap up and drive with their legs. Now, let’s see how the paid professionals do it.

Here we see Usama Young trying to tackle Ahmad Bradshaw in the first quarter. If you could see this in motion, he leads with his helmet and you can literally see the force of the hit compressing his neck. The effect on the Browns inability to win is secondary; Mr. Young needs to learn how to hit with his head up (“See what you hit”) before he’s in a wheelchair and eating through a tube.

Here we see TJ Ward in the first quarter coming in with his head down. He doesn’t end up making this tackle and clearly isn’t wrapping up.

Here we see TJ at 8:27 of the second quarter trying to make a tackle on a running play. He’s leading with his shoulder which wouldn’t be so bad if he’d actually wrap up (It shouldn’t matter that he has a cast on his hand. If he can’t play he shouldn’t be in the lineup). TJ misses again, resulting in an extra gain on the play.

I was hoping to spend some time going over the fact that rookie linebackers Craig Robertson and Fort were targeted mercilessly once D’Qwell Jackson left the game, or how Shurmur was remarkable in his mismanagement of time outs and 2-minute situations. We could have easily spent quality bandwidth to discuss the fact that Greg Little was a non-factor on a day when the Browns were missing both Massaquoi and Cribbs; or dissecting the fact that the ill-fated first interception had no open receiver or semblance of an intelligently designed pass pattern. We could have discussed the Browns remarkable predictability when lining up the halfback in an offset position.

It would have been nice to talk about the underappreciated Jordan Norwood who caught everything that came his way; Or taken a look at whether the safety really failed to cover on Josh Gordon’s first touchdown like Dan Dierdorf said, or if the Giants were playing a Tampa-2 where the linebacker would get no help there. We could have asked why Montario Hardesty was dressed for the game at all, or talked at length about the fact that Weeden seemingly isn’t allowed to audible even when he has a size or speed mismatch on the outside and the call is a Richardson dive into the line.

Alas, we will discuss none of these things, because first things first, and for most of the day T.J. Ward and his teammates on the Browns defense didn’t execute basic fundamental techniques as well as second-graders, let alone second-rounders. 0-5, even against a relatively tough slate of opponents, is bad enough, but if these basics don’t get fixed soon things are really going to unravel as the season wears on.

—————

The full “Xs and Os with the Bros” archive is available here.

  • ClevelandFrowns

    Hey, I’m going to be in Chicago this weekend and going to a Browns bar with a couple of Frownie friends to watch the Bengals game. All Frowns readers are welcome to join of course, so post here or shoot me an e-mail if you want to do that (clevelandfrowns@gmail.com).

    Also, if anyone has input on the best of the various places that lay claim to best Browns bar in Chicago, please shoot. I’m getting wildly conflicting reports.

    Also, I’m at trial this week which is why there was no post yesterday even though there was loads to post about. Should get another extremely special guest post up for tomorrow, and the Cheddar Bay thread will be posted on Friday.

    Also, Kanicki is in charge of picking the All Play this week. No funny business, Jim.

    • Believelander

      Good luck on your trial Pete. I’m probably going to scrounge up a couple of $2 tickets on Stubhub and go sit at the 50 yard line when once we’re down 3 touchdowns. Enjoy Chicago, and watch out for my brother.

    • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

      lines are up. will post a cheddar line on vikes @skins as soon as there is one.

      on pick of the week, first look yields three obvious choices and one more obscure option that is interesting to me. if anyone wants to weigh in, here’s a poll that’s set up for the next 24 hours.

      http://poll.fm/3xebb

      • ClevelandFrowns

        DISLIKE. STRONGLY RESENT IMPLICATION THAT THIS IS A DEMOCRACY. THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE IS GOING TO HEAR ABOUT THIS.

        • http://twitter.com/TDDeBord David DeBord

          Nah, there is no implication that this is a democracy by having an election. Virtually every communist or autocratic nation in the last 50 years has held elections. It is simply that the result is predetermined. Kanicki’s strategy is brilliant. It lets all of us believe we had an impact on the outcome, while he does what he wants. Not all that different from what is going to happen on Nov. 6th.

          I’m shocked that Bengals-Browns was not an All Play option.

          • Hopwin

            Did Chavez win again?

          • nj0

            Not to get all political, but past Venezuelan elections were certified as free by organizations like the OAS and the Carter Center.

            Not hard to imagine that an oil rich country where people have a $13K annual PPP would elect a populist socialist who pushes a lot of social programs over a center-right candidate.

          • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

            browns bengals added. im in acto’s neighborhood again this week and tend to be chronically groggy here.

            and youre 100% correct. just wanted to take the temperature and use as guidance. rest assured my selection will be proclaimed as democratically supported.

          • acto

            Are you going to ACL jk? I was just at a house where they are filming a movie. Weird stuff. I can get passes to stuff if you want some.

          • ClevelandFrowns

            THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE HAS OVERRULED THIS FOOLS VOTE.

            THE ALL PLAY IS BENGALS -1 AT BROWNS.

          • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

            i got no problem with an all-play that features a hybrid OAFL/YOLO offense.

        • CleveLandThatILove

          Ha ha, peckish power re-grab, there’s the guy we know and love. (Like it would ever be anything but Browns-Bengals this week.)

      • GrandRapidsRustlers

        Vote early. Vote often.

    • http://twitter.com/musicman06 Chris Music

      Pete, make sure the bar has some slivo! #SlivoBlitz

      • http://twitter.com/cpmack Chris M

        This.

    • BigDigg

      The official Chicago Browns Backers bar is at the Cubby Bear, conveniently located to many other Wrigley Field bars that you’ll probably need after we blow a perfectly winnable game.

      http://www.cubbybear.com/fanclubs/fanclubs/view/id/30

      Another option (warning – I’ve never tried this) – Mickey’s Bar and Patio. Place has a pretty good atmosphere and probably an improvement of the high-school cafeteria feel of the upper floor at the Cubby Bear.

      Have fun. Chicago in the fall is incredible. If your at all interested the college football bar hopping is legendary.

      • technivore

        I’m pretty sure Frowner is well acquainted with Chicago, being a Northwestern alum and all. Agreed on Cubby Bear being kind of terrible, despite being the “official” Browns Backers bar.

        Unfortunately I won’t be able to meet up during the game on Sunday, might be able to join later though if the party keeps going.

        • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

          cubby bear was terrible and terribly overrated when i lived there mid-80s..

    • Jim

      RE: “loads to post about;” would that include the relevation that Shurmur is personally contacting media members who criticized him and his play calling and challenging them on those critiques? As ridiculous as that is, where is Holmgren in all of this? He can’t be bothered to sit down with Shurmur and explain to him why this would be improper?

      • ClevelandFrowns

        Yes.

      • Kamov

        You really think Holmgren, of “don’t come to me for playoff tickets” fame, thinks Shurmur is doing anything wrong here?

  • http://twitter.com/SadFactory Factory of Sadness

    I think they said on the coverage that it was Tampa-2 on Gordon’s first TD.

    Young is alos consistently a terrible tackler. He flies around like that all the time trying to land a knockout blow rather than wrapping up. I’m sure people will remember him whiffing his shoulder off Jared Cook last year on his way to that long TD (though there was an uncalled pick iirc).

    Hopefully Haden should improve our perimeter run D. He’s a strong tackler one-on-one and consistently wraps up. Mind you, with the effort shown there teams will probably just continue to run it right at Sheldon Brown.

    • rodofdisaster

      It was definitely Tampa-2. Dierdorf never mentions that and kept going on about the lack of safety help which suggests he doesn’t know what he’s looking at.

      • acto

        Rod’o, Dierdork played on the wrong side of the ball. What does he know?

  • rodofdisaster

    It also bears mentioning that the shoddy tackling allowed the Giants to avoid 3rd and long. Eli only faced his first 3rd and 7+ well into the second half. He only faced 4 third downs in the whole first half and 12 for the game. 30 first downs is a ton to give up. That’s a bludgeoning.

  • p_forever

    um-the clear all play choice is nd v standford. oh and speaking of nd, and my old boyfriend jeff samardzija, and why i once held such high hopes for brady quinn, here’s this:

    http://125.nd.edu/moments/quinn-to-samardzija/

    and frowns: too bad chicago is this weekend and not last – seeing the catholics v convicts in soldier field would’ve been nice. and i’d give you recommendations for nd bars in chicago for saturday’s game but – you know – every bar in chicago is an nd bar, so it’s sort of a moot point. lol. and have fun!

    • http://www.autismspeaks.org/ PML

      You are attracted to sharks?

      • p_forever

        When its the kind of shark that crushes opposing d-backs – yes.

    • ClevelandFrowns

      ND v. Stanford is going to be a hell of a game.

      • actovegin1armstrong

        There is a good one liner in there Frownie, we could tie it in to the “Curse of Father Flanagan” too.

      • p_forever

        I know. Looks a little better for nd now that Stanford lost Montgomery. Still. It’ll be quite the game.

    • actovegin1armstrong

      There have certainly been a long line of QB’s that went on to greatness with another team after the team that drafted them gave up on them.
      It would be a bit of poetic justice and another feather in the cap of Frownie’s Wahoo obsession if Brady Quinn went on to be a Frackchise Quarterback somewhere else.

      • p_forever

        Allegedly he starts this week – I’d be super happy if hr ended up being a keeper.

  • dubbythe1

    To continue my line of comments from 2 days ago’s post, and basically reitterating what many of us have been saying for a while now…

    Our coaching is setting us up to fail. Poor tackling technique can and will plague the occasional professional, but consistent poor technique is reflective of the coaching and inexcusable.

    • technivore

      LIKED. I feel like every time I watch this team, the lack of fundamentals, discipline, and technique are what jump out at me. And that is 100% on the coaching staff. I don’t even care about the predictable play calling or horrible clock management, I just want the defense to stay in their gaps and make tackles. I thought Jauron was supposed to be a solid DC, but the D to my eyes has been getting worse every week even as the offense has been improving.

      • Believelander

        I remember 2 seasons ago when our defense was focused on sound fundamentals and stuff.

        To give Jauron a little credit, his personnel have been dropping like flies, but that doesn’t explain a lack of basic doing your job right. Same thing with the WRs dropping passes like Snoop drops rhymes.

    • http://twitter.com/cpmack Chris M

      If you posted this comment every day, i would hit like every day.

      • ClevelandFrowns

        Liked. Would like again.

  • maxfnmloans

    other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?

    • bupalos

      It was really bad. That’s how it was. Really bad.

  • GrandRapidsRustlers

    I watched us (not a horrible offensive team like last year) struggle vs the Bills.

    I watched the 49ers dismantle the Bills in a way that was almost comical.

    What would the 49ers do to this defense?

    Side note: Every offense has done whatever they want versus us this year. CJ Spiller was on his way to breaking every record ever. The only way to get a stop is a turnover and we all see how good Vick has been at that this year.

  • nj0

    Amen on our inability to cover gaps.

    I’m no mangenius and don’t pay enough attention to regularly notice when our LBs screw up, but I think I must have yelled at Robertson two or three times this Sunday for being grossly out of position on plays where we got gouged on the run.

  • Rudi in Seven Hills

    Nice job on the X’s and O’s!!! That must have taken a lot of work. Too bad we don’t have coaches who get PAID to do the same thing. This further cements my notion our next coach MUST…and I emphasize MUST be a proven guy who has turned around teams before. I wanted Jeff Fisher, but knucklehead Holmgren wanted to keep Shurmur. We should make a serious play for Tony Dungy, Bill Cowher, Brian Billick, Herm Edwards, Dennis Green, Steve Mariucci, John Gruden. Notice a theme here? They are all proven..some more than others…but all have EXPERIENCE and have had some measure of SUCCESS…especially in turning around teams. No more experiments. No more promising college coaches. No more stupid coordinators who came from other successful teams. Perhaps down the line, yes…but not when you have a turnaround situation. I believe the owner gets this and will make it happen. Dungy or Cowher needs to be the #1 priority.

    • nj0

      They’re all lazy asses who lost the fire and prefer spouting nonsense into a microphone for free money rather than coaching?

      • Rudi in Seven Hills

        You may be right…but it is certainly worth interviewing and seeing how much fire is left. It is important to understand everyone needs a break. Being a head coach means 12 to 16 hour days at times with the weight of the football world always on your shoulders. That can get exhausting and hurt their family. Cowher and Dungy strike me as guys who still “have it” and just needed a break.

        • nj0

          I think we should just interview one or two guys and then make our decision based on their agent and/or relatives. Gotta work eventually, right?

        • nj0

          IMO, getting a guy that “has it” is the most important part. I don’t know what “it” is or how to evaluate whether “it” is actually possessed by the candidate, but I’m less interested about their past resume, coaching tree, name recognition, etc. than their actually ability to run a pro team, scheme on the NFL level, etc. etc . etc.

          • dubbythe1

            ooo, ooo, I know this one!!!! I saw it on a Family Guy episode…. The one who has “It” is the one wearing glasses!!!!!!

          • nj0

            Don’t watch Family Guy.

            More likely that I was channeling Grandpa Simpson – “I used to be with it, but then they changed what it was. Now what I’m with isn’t it, and what’s it seems weird and scary to me, and it’ll happen to you, too”

          • Petefranklin

            How about Houstons offensive coordinator?

      • Believelander

        Tony Dungy got away from the game because of his family situation. He has said he regrets not leaving sooner, may have been able to influence his son not to take his own life. Bill Cowher just recently lost his wife, I believe. Probably the right choice to work a day a week regurgitating prewritten storylines about the nfl and spend all the time he could with her. Gruden probably lost the spark though. I’m just saying, guys walked away for every conceivable reason.

    • bupalos

      Is there an example of a superbowl coach that went on to another superbowl appearance with a team that was terrible when he joined?

      I don’t think what you believe is the “proven” approach actually exists.

  • fatscatback

    I also think that Jordan Norwood is unappreciated and under utilized.

    In fact, it is downright maddening from where I am sitting. There is just something kinetic about him and every time the ball is near him there is an energy in the air that is lacking in all other phases of the offense.

    That we’ll see a similar player (Andrew Hawkins) used to great effect this week will also be like pouring salt in the wound.

    • rodofdisaster

      I agree. I have felt Jordan Norwood could be a significant slot receiver because he does have a lot more agility relative to Benjamin. What you see with him is explosiveness in and out of breaks. That’s harder to cover than straight ahead speed.

      • Believelander

        You mean like the most unassuming looking elite receiver in the NFL, Welkah the Grittah?

  • Bronx Cheer

    As much as I like Fort’s instincts and tackling ability, I regretfully think he doesn’t have much of a future on this team. He is typically in the right place, he avoids blocks well, fills well, delivers a lick and wraps up, but just isn’t big enough to play MLB. He also is just too small to play next to DQJ and/or Maiava, who are also both on the small side. This running play in particular just shows it.

    I know DQJ wasn’t in on this play, and things accelerated on their path to hell once he left, but I cannot help but shake the thoughts that (1) our perennial run defense problems correlate with our having a smallish LB crew that sticks to blockers like flypaper, (2) our pride and joy MLB is a smallish LB that sticks to blockers like flypaper, (3) all of our up and comers are smallish, and (4) our only healthy physical LB is long in the tooth.

    Call me an idiot, but I think we are going to continue to have problems stopping the run so long as we have DQJ as our MLB.

    • Petefranklin

      What, somethings wrong with a Mike who makes first contact 3 or 4 yards on the wrong side of the line of scrimmage?

      • bupalos

        You have to admit it’s interesting and depressing what happens when you take away the mike that waits 3 yards out.

        • Petefranklin

          At least it’s sand dune season now so I only listen. Saves quite a bit on the whiskey bill.

        • Bronx Cheer

          And replace him with an even smaller UDFA rookie.

    • Believelander

      I won’t call you an idiot, I save that for idiots and Biki. DQ52 isn’t the problem. This idea that he is undersized is certainly novel when his physical dimensions match Patrick Willis’s and he outsizes some of the greatest MLBs of the era such as Zach Thomas. The idea that DQ needs to be in the backfield on every run attrmpt is novel, except many centerpiece lbs dont do this, they flow sideline to sideline to backup the gaps where guys assigned get chewed up by blockers and ensure the play doesn’t get to the third level. Especially on a team like ours, DQJ’s gap is going to be the whole field more often than not.

      Now if you want to indict our defensive size, speed, and power in general that’s a convo worth having, but DQ would probably start for the majority of NFL teams, and he makes his tackles, something a lot of our defense doesn’t seem committed to do well.

      • Bronx Cheer

        It is probably to late for you to see this, but anyway…

        I never said he needs to be making plays in the backfield every snap. I just think he isn’t physical enough for my tastes and for a Jauron defense in particular. (I probably should have said “physical enough” instead of “big” in my post above, but my main point still stands.) Jauron’s D scheme needs physical DTs and physical MLB to run well, not so much finesse or pursuit speed.

        Also, comparing him size wise to Willis is crazy considering Willis probably is the best ILB in the game and was such a physical specimen (being both faster, stronger, and just as agile as DQJ) that he was drafted in the top 15 as a ILB.

        I like DQJ, just think he is miscast – he should be playing WSLB with a more physical guy in the middle.

  • BIKI024

    If you only watch one play about Sad Cleveland Sports this week: http://theclassical.org/theclog/if-you-only-see-one-play-about-sad-cleveland-sports-this-week

    • mo_by_dick

      I saw this last winter when it was at Dobama, and Frowns & I once saw the creators at a bar after some quasi justice-seeking.

    • bupalos

      Sorry no. Still too soon for me with RR88.

    • Petefranklin

      Thanks for the laugh!

  • bupalos

    Good job rod. I updated the one frame with what I think were probably the specific job assignments, and it may further elucidate part of the strategic problem here.

    • Beeej

      Hard to believe they didn’t have anyone challenging on that play. That must be the reason we got beat there.

      • bupalos

        There are only 10 guys in the frame so I think your assumption is premature. We’d need to ask Pat.

        • Beeej

          Without the all 22 view are you sure there was even an 11th man out there?

          • NeedsFoodBadly

            Pat had Alex Smith playing safety on that play.

            I know because he called me up and told me.

          • Beeej

            Man is there anything Alex Smith can’t do? I mean other than play fullback.

            Pat called you? Did you ask him a really tough question and/or criticize his coaching abilities in any way? Was it late at night? Was he drunk?

          • NeedsFoodBadly

            He said he was going to call all the commenter on this website for our “pathological libel” and “refusal to battle.” So you’ll be getting yours soon, I think.

            He did sound pretty drunk. There was a lot of banging in the background and I think I heard someone bellowing for more daiquiris. Should I be concerned??

      • nj0

        And none challenging their fannies off.

        The best laid plans….

    • GrandRapidsRustlers

      I can’t stop laughing over daydream about pension.

      Picture of the year.

  • http://www.autismspeaks.org/ PML

    Dear Shurmie – this is no indictment of you as a person.

    Fire Yourself
    Terminate Your Own Employment
    Take Yourself in a Different Direction
    Downsize Yourself
    Re-align your own goals and long-term strategy
    cháy mình
    اطلاق نفسك
    あなた自身を解雇
    φωτιά τον εαυτό σας

    I don’t know how else to put it.

  • BIKI024

    According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Browns have the smallest margin of defeat (7.3 points) during an 11-game losing streak in NFL history.

    • dubbythe1

      moral victories, we sure challenged.

      • BIKI024

        i have no problem “challenging”, “battling”, and “flashing” for another season and “winning” another Top 5 pick while using this season to develop the young guys, particularly Weeden.

        It’s pretty rare for a rookie to have throw more TDs than INT’s, and it may have been a bit of wishful thinking to think Weeden would be one of the few to do it.

        so we take the good with the bad and hope that as the season goes along we see some progress from the guy and count on him to be the QB for the next 5 years.

        otherwise, i’m looking forward to seeing if there is much improvement from the defense after we get Haden back (as well as Taylor). of course TRich looks like an absolute monster, so we have that going for us as well. but let’s see if Weeden can put together some solid outings and he probably earned to keep his job next season, but if not, the management will have a nice Top 5 pick to choose his replacement..

        • ClevelandFrowns

          This is the most Biki comment of all time.

          I love you, Biki.

          • bupalos

            If I hadn’t seen him in the flesh I would suspect Biki was a character you made up for your little bloggy show here.

          • Defenestration

            All I need is a foil!
            The Frowns looked around, but since foils are scarce, there was none to be found.
            Did that stop the Frowns?
            Ha! The Frowns simply said… If I can’t find a foil, I’ll make one instead.
            So he took to his blog, and he became sneaky, and he typed hopeful thoughts under the name Biki.

        • Believelander

          Weird, I thought wins were all that mattered when coach Mangini was here.

    • Beeej

      #bikiface

      They’re like the best 11 game losing steak team ever. Something to be proud of.

      • BIKI024

        i’m superfan remember, if the Browns suck it doesn’t ruin my season, just my balance with the book.. already recovered my losses on the OVER 4.5, but we’ll see how the rest of the season goes..

        • Petefranklin

          So does that mean that we can settle up?

        • Believelander

          That’s sort of the opposite of being a fan. Fans’ seasons are ruined when their teams suck. Honestly, with how the Jets are finally crumbling completely, I’m a bit surprised you’re taking it so well.

          • BIKI024

            Who are you the fan police? Child please

    • nj0

      Some poor ESPN Stats and Info intern is busy this very minute looking up the record for smallest margin of defeat for a 12-game losing streak.

      • BIKI024

        11 game losing streak.. in which we are 7-3-1 ATS

        • ClevelandFrowns

          A.B.C.

        • Petefranklin

          7-4-1 coming up.

          • BIKI024

            double or nothing?

          • Petefranklin

            On?????

          • ClevelandFrowns

            BIKI!!!!

          • BIKI024

            CIN -1 @ CLE

          • Petefranklin

            We’ll see. Its probably a cheddar play for me though.I Just need to dig up some dirt on the Bungles, then fire away.

          • Petefranklin

            How about an adjusted season win total??Double or nothing. We came up with the real # for our bet so we should be able to come up with something fair for this one too. Should I start looking at the schedule and injuries?

          • BIKI024

            you appear to be right on our first h2h, so i thought you were interested in more action with your 7-4-1 comment.. but i’d be interested in seeing what sort of number you come up with. i’m thinking 2.5

          • Petefranklin

            7-4-1 was suggesting heading to the norm.1.5 in the cheddar bay line seems the slighest bit too high for me, so 2.5 seems around where I would bet over. let me check.

          • Petefranklin

            Fair # would be 3. I think that I would have to take over 2.5 as it stands, but i’m just fishin right now. Maybe Haslem wants to guarantee the #1 pick and leaves Shurmer to rot on the vine. 6,5, 4.5, 3, 2.5what a trainwreck errr dumpster fire I mean.

          • BIKI024

            at this point I highly doubt Haslam cares about wins.. he wants that #1 pick, not a bad way to start your regime with having the #1 slot selection of each round..

        • Believelander

          Performance against the spread has nothing to do with a team being bad vs dumpster fire. And nobody cares that they cover. I’d gladly lose money on the Browns every week if it meant they won.

          • BIKI024

            A.B.C

    • acto

      According to historians and ship builders everywhere the Titanic came the closest to surviving smashing into an iceburg than any other ship.

  • BIKI024

    Good Looks by SI:

    His team may not win many (check that: any) games this season, but Trent Richardson is on his way to disproving the argument that teams should not use high draft picks on running backs.

    Richardson’s multifaceted abilities were on display again Sunday in Cleveland’s loss to the Giants. He didn’t waste any time announcing his presence in that one, either, bursting through the line on his second carry of the game and racing into the end zone nearly untouched.

    The No. 3 pick in the 2012 draft finished the day with 85 yards on 17 carries (a 5.0 yards-per-carry average) and added 47 receiving yards on five catches.

    And for as good as Richardson is on the ground, he might do his best work catching passes out of the backfield. On multiple occasions Sunday, Richardson took a screen or dump-off pass and created something out of nothing — of the 47 yards he had in the pass game, 100 percent came after the catch. In fact, Richardson has more yards after the catch than he does total yards this season: 196 to 169, meaning that he’s taking those short completions and turning them into quality plays.

    Give Brandon Weeden a little more time to settle in or put some quality, field-stretching weapons out at WR to open up the defense, and Richardson could put up some monster numbers in the next few seasons.

  • BIKI024

    Jarvis Jones currently projected #1 prospect, the OLB from GA. dude is a monster

  • LadyLuck

    AP: Cincy -1 @ Cleveland
    Essay: Lions +5 @ Philly
    WVU -4 @ Texas Tech
    KSU -7 @ Iowa State
    Raiders +9 @ Atl
    Pittsburgh -5.5 @ Tenn

    My essay this week is Lions +5 @ Philly. This wager is more about liking a team that is getting 5 points when playing Philly then it is about Detroit. First off all of Philly’s games have been within 1-2 points this year except for the Cardinals game. I feel as though the Lions front line will attack Vick and cause TOs just as every other team has had success doing. It seems like most of Philly’s games have been down to the wire with Vick putting together a late 4th quarter drive to score the go ahead points. It just takes a team that can put together the same type of drive to challenge them and I think Detroit is a team that has that capability. Hopefully the bye week helped Detroit out and Stafford and Megatron will be ready to play!

  • rgrunds

    Rod. It is so great when you are here. I get so tired of that poisoned, little Greek miscreant.

Previous post:

Next post: