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Browns comeback is not what it seems.

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Yes, the Browns staged the greatest comeback for a road team in NFL history overcoming a 25 point deficit. And yes, the defense looked great in the second have holding the Titans scoreless. And the offense moved the ball seemingly at will. But the real story about the game is not in the statistics or in the game plans of both teams.

The story is simple. When Titan QB Jake Locker went out of the game with the thumb injury, the game was effectively over.

It seems I am the only one that remembers just how bad a QB Charlie Whitehurst really is. Assuming Locker is going to be out a while, the only hope the Titans have to win games is the 3rd string QB Zack Mettenberger.

Meanwhile the Browns have a ton of issues that must be resolved before they can become a factor in the AFC North.

The biggest one is the defense. The front 7 was pushed around Sunday like a pile of loose dirt by a bulldozer. Often the good but not great O line of the Titans pushed them 6 to 8 yards off the line of scrimmage. That is not acceptable. I did not notice DE Phil Taylor until he went out with an injury.

The D backfield is no better. It looks to me like they are thinking too much rather than having the defense down and reacting to what they see. In the NFL if you take a half a second to think about what you should do, you are done. The NFL game is too fast for those that must think about what to do.

Some of the new D requires a combination of man and zone. The team looked confused as to which side was man and which was zone.

The O was helped by the Titan D letting down after they lost their QB. Make no mistake. QB Brian Hoyer did a remarkable job. But when Locker went down, the air came out of the Titan D. That is the real story behind the big win.

For more information about the game check out the pod cast “Browns Titans review.”

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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What did we learn from week three of the College Football Season?

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The Good:

The Top 6 team won easily but they didn’t play the toughest competition. Except for Ohio State and Alabama we have not yet seen most of the top 10 play a really good opponent.

#6 Texas and #7 Oklahoma struggled to wins against Texas Tech and Air Force respectively. Neither of these teams look all that good yet but both have young QBs and should get better as the season goes on.

Two SE Conference teams played league games on the road and looked solid. #10 Florida beat Tennessee on the checkered field. Tennessee is now 1-2. #12 Arkansas beat Georgia but this Bulldog team is not the power house it has been. Georgia was also 1-1 coming into the game.

The Bad (and VERY Lucky):

Wisconsin got REALLY lucky blocking the extra point to win their game at home against Arizona State. Wisconsin controlled the clock but were not effective putting the ball into the end-zone. The team is going to have to improve to be competitive in the Big 10+1.

The Ugly:

#9 Iowa went to Arizona and was a small underdog. The Hawkeyes fell behind by a 27-7 score and never could catch up again. The D got 3 turnovers but was ripped for 303 yards passing. The Iowa O running game averaged 1.1 yards per attempt and the passing game was 18-33. They have always played badly west of the Rockies and this was no exception. They lost 34-27 and fell in this weeks poll.

#20 Michigan struggled with a game UMass team and finally won 42-37. The Blue D is horrid and games against any team with a good O should look like pinball scores.

#23 Houston was totally outmatched and out played by UCLA 31-13. Only a 10 point desperation output in the 4th quarter kept the score even that respectable.

Louisville went to #25 Oregon State and gave them all they could ask for in a tough 35-27 win for the Beavers.

Other notable games:

What is wrong with Notre Dame? The new administration of HC Kelly lost his second game in a row against a Big 10 team. (No wonder they didn’t want to get into the league.) It will take Kelly some time to get his type of recruits into the program and in the long term Kelly is the kind of coach that will be successful. But now he does not have the speed particularly on D that he needs to be competitive with the major powers. They will continue to give up long plays because they don’t have the speed in the back 7 to play man but can’t get enough consistent pressure on the QB to avoid blitzing. The one thing I will say on Kelly’s behalf is that he has them playing hard on every snap.

Draft notes:

Maybe I just don’t get it but having seen Washington QB Locker I can’t rate him as a sure top 5 pick let alone the top pick overall. Against a good but not great Nebraska D, he was 4 for 20 for 71 yards and 1 TD with 2 picks. I would expect Washington to lose but I don’t see any spectacular plays that I did with Bradford or even a McCoy from the 2010 draft. He has not been accurate in his previous seasons. In 09 he hit only 58% of his throws with 21 TDs but with 11 picks and 28 sacks. He may become a great pro but I wouldn’t pick him before the 3rd round as things stand now.

We will try to have some draft notes on seniors in each of our Tuesday articles about college football.

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 is a senior writer for and edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on

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