Live game notes from Browns/Chiefs
Great start by allowing the Chief to run 80 yards for a TD on the first play.
-KC 7 CL 0
Thomas watched the DE beat Watson and sack Weeden.
After a first down the O folds like a paper airplane and punts
Great throw to Bowe set the Chiefs up for a score but the FG was no good. Haden and Bowe were so cute holding hands all the way down the field.
As usual the team drives the ball to a 1st and goal at the 2 and can’t score 7. The coach seems to like the fade pass for the score but we have yet to make it work. How about calling something that does work?
=KC 7 CL 3
The off side gives the team a 1st down.
Haden should have been called for holding on the pass to the sideline.
The Browns returned the punt for a TD. However, there were at least 2 holds during the return that were not called. It is about time the team gets a break. With our luck it will be in the leg of a top player.
-CL 10 KC 7
Great play by Haden on the run wide. He is becoming a stud both against the run and the pass. That is what is necessary to be a complete CB.
The long pass to Little was not over thrown. Little quit on the pattern.
Brown go 3 and out from their 8 yard line.
Skrine must do down field under control on the punt coverage. Too often he misses the tackle because he is not under control.
Winn pressured Quinn to force the throw away.
Weeden is so much more comfortable in the shotgun you have to wonder why he is not allowed to be there more often. Good pass to Little for the 1st.
The Browns get another break on a 6 yard pass on 3rd and 13. The penalty gives the team a 1st.
Hali did a great job reading the screen pass.
After a block in the back penalty the team is forced to punt.
Another bad punt by Hodges.
The D blitz forces a sack by Rucker.
After giving up a long TD and a drive inside the 10 DC Jauron made some adjustments and the D has played well.
Gordon catches the slant for a big 1st.
Weeden shows he is not feeling pressure as he gets sacked holding the ball too long.
Double reverse works well for 15 yards
Watson prevents the pick by Berry by knocking the ball out of the DBs hands.
Shurmur should not have challenged the call on the wildcat run by Cribbs. It was CLEAR that Cribbs was down at the 1. Somebody should take the Red flag away from Shurmur. He is not smart enough to know when to throw it.
Good run and middle push by the Browns OL for the TD.
=CL 17 KC 7
After two runs by Quinn Brown tips a pass that is picked off by Gibson.
Nice pass to Gordon to the 2. Weeden did a better job of reading the coverage.
The stupid shifting bites the team when the TD is called back due to a penalty.
A 2nd TD is called back on a foul on Richardson.
Again a pass is well short of the goal line so that the team was forced to kick the FG.
=CL 20 KC 7
The Chiefs get a 1st on a Charles run but then were forced to punt.
The D continues to prevent drives. It is playing well.
Nice drive by the Browns to the 2. The run by Little was very effective.
After a fumble at the goal line by Hardesty is recovered by the Browns, TRich takes it in.
=CL 27 KC 7
Hughes gets a sack forcing a 3 and out.
Nice drive again but a loss on a run ride cost them a shot at a TD.
=CL 30 KC 7
The D plays soft allowing the Chefs to drive but lose the ball on a failed 4th down play at the 20 of Cleveland.
Another 3 and out after a pass short of the LTG.
Good pressure on 2nd down by Winn. He is becoming a solid DT.
On 3rd Sheard gets the sack. The Chefs are 1-11 on 3rd down coversions.
There is a Colt McCoy sighting in mop up.
The Browns are limited by the offensive playcalling of Pat Shurmur. Two more wins will probably save his job but it shouldn’t. He is still making bad decisions right and left. With Shurmur at the helm the Browns will never win consistently. He is not qualified to be head coach. While he has shown a bit of improvement, the team is too good now to put up with his stupid calls.
These are the issues that prevent Shurmur from becoming a winning HC. He is incapable of making adjustments offensively. I am not sure if he just doesn’t see what is preventing the O from moving or is not sure how to adjust to make it work. Either way, he should never be allowed to call the O.
He also fails to do the HC job. The issues with running different player groups in and out still exist. That complicates the offense and does not permit Weeden to develop timing with a stable group of WRs. He should keep Little and Gordon as the starters with a TE or two. Weeden needs all the reps he can get with the guys that will be on the field the most. Bringing in WRs based on some lottery system is not working.
Weeden is not developing he is regressing. Early in the season he was not staring down his receiver but he is now. He is not seeing the field well either. While all QBs miss open receivers, Weeden makes up his mind where the ball will go before the snap and fails to see an opening. While it may be that he still doesn’t trust his protection. The blocking has gotten better for the pass but not the run.
Don’t blame TRich for his low average per attempt numbers. The run blocking scheme is a mess. The guards are not getting to the second level. Even teams that struggle against the run look like super stars against the Browns. Richardson is an outstanding back. But even great backs need to get holes to make yardage. The blocking scheme is old and tired. It needs to be updated. If the current OL cannot open holes they should be replaced.
Some people are talking about TRich dancing behind the line. He is looking for anything that even could develop into a running lane. He is also playing hurt without a word of complaint. I had 12 broken ribs and torn rib cartledge. I know what kind of pain he is in. Trust me when I say I could NEVER have played with that pain.
The receivers have improved however it does not seem to be due to coaching. The improvement has more to do with the need to impress the new ownership than good coaching.
Overall, my choice would be to keep Heckert and Jauron but lose Shurmur.
That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.
Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.
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