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Eagles at Browns Game Time Notes
Great first call with a 28 yard pass to Gordon
Pinkston penalty 2nd guy always gets caught
Smith can catch but cannot run the ball. Great read by Weeden throwing the crossing route vs zone
Play was late coming in and the confusion by Weeden of the defense caused a TO
New owner Jimmy Hasslam has to worry about the empty seats in the stadium.
Make up call against the Eagles on the off side.
Hardesty does not have very good vision. That is a problem.
Hardesty spinning is a problem as well. He just doesn’t look like an NFL back to me
Weeden arm strength obvious on the pass to MoMass
The leakage on the right side is going to be a huge problem
MoMass needed to go a little further on the out route.
Good throw by Weeden.
It is hard to run wide against a wide 9 D.
Hardesty cannot give up that much yardage in the redzone
Holding against Pinkston shows a problem at guard. He is better than early last year but has a long way to go.
Screen pass that went VERY BAD on the Weeden fumble. Pinkston has to get a better block on a screen pass. Thomas also gave up way too much ground.
Great play by D. Good pass rush great coverage on the Haden pick off.
Great play recognition by Rubin on the pass rush.
Benjamin was open and Weeden missed him.
WAY too many 3rd and long situations. No Offense can be successful always facing 3rd and 7 or more.
Incompletion to Little was as much on him as QB. It looked like the ball was out before Little made his break
Ward is doing a lot better job on covering this year.
Great read by DT Winn on the sweep cutting down the RB in the backfield.
Very solid coverage by DBs on 3rd down. Good pressure by Sheard. Eagles were holding but that was not called.
Little recognizes the pressure and came back to help his QB. He attacked the ball which is good to see.
Hardesty fumbles again. Cannot have that.
Haden great read on the screen. He broke through and got the tackle.
JMJ lost track of the TE. TD Philly. 0-7 4:18
O line false start really hurt.
Hardesty had lots of room outside on 2nd down but didn’t see it.
3RD and 15.
Browns O line cannot keep 2ND Philly D off Weeden. Both OTs allow penetration and Thomas’ guy caused the fumble.
Punt blocked right up the gut. Blocker was untouched. Hanna let him in clean.
TD Pass to Lewis vs Ward. 0-14 2:00
Cameron drops the ball on a sideline route. Leakage over Schwartz again.
Another 4 yard pass on 3rd and long. Just cannot do that.
Schwartz gives up the sack.
Long punt that is not covered well gives up a long return.
It does not look like the Browns are ready to play. Just missing critical blocks, lanes, and balls.
The O can’t move the ball vs the Eagles 2nd unit at all.
Browns 2nd D gets fooled by cut of WR Johnson.
Fort misses the tackle cleaned up by Robertson.
1ST team CB Brown gets burned by speed for the near TD.
Rookie WR just missed getting the 2nd foot down and did not hold the ball to the ground.
Jackson misses the pass right off his hands. I thought he was supposed to be a pass catcher.
The run on 2nd and long will look better with TRich.
Great catch under pressure by Norwood for the 1st.
Good run by Jackson. He has better vision than Hardesty.
Weeden put some mustard on that ball.
Short corner fade was double covered. Not a great read by Weeden.
Hunt comes off right side unblocked to force the fast throw.
Jackson runs right by hunt not noticing Hunt was coming to crush his QB.
DE Parker makes his debut with a great move.
DB Brown had no clue where he was or when the ball was coming
Parker gets through 2 blocks for the hurry.
JMJ gets REAL deep in the secondary to knock away the pass.
Way too many 3rd and long situations because the Browns are not making good yardage on 1st and 2nd down.
Great throw and catch Weeden to Gordon on the slant.
Benjamin reached too soon and it slowed him slightly to fail to catch the ball.
Pinkston crushes the right side of the D to get Jackson 9 yards
Bad combination of routes makes Gordon doubled. They needed to send 2 receivers deep.
Schwartz never touched the DE and the pass was still good but incomplete.
Screen passes eat up the Browns.
The Eagles kick a field goal on 2nd down with 48 seconds left. WHY?
Norwood was hurt.
JMJ penalty was not that bad. Sims picked the pass and scored but it was called back.
4 missed tackles on the Brown run. Again contain is non-existent.
Hasslam looks like he has fire. Shurmur had dead eyes.
JMJ caused the fumble but the Eagles recover.
The 3rd string of the Eagles marched the ball right down the field and scored
Thomas has much better vision and speed than Hardesty or Jackson
Great pass by McCoy to Winsor for 23 yards
Pass blocking is non-existant.
Eagles are covering very well.
Daniels takes a penalty making it 3rd and 16.
Good job by McCoy to get 12 yards to make it 4th 4.
Play VERY late coming in. McCoy didn’t see the play clock running down.
McCoy runs for the 1st.
RBs get hit just as they get the ball.
McCoy gets hit as he throws. 3rd 12.
Thomas catches the ball and gets 9 yards after contact for the 1st.
Cribbs catches the ball against pressure coverage to the Philly 6.
Moore has great feet and hands. But he can’t block a lick. 10-24
In the 2nd half there were a lot of empty seats.
Foles did very well as the QB of the Eagles. He burned the Browns D like it was dried leaves.
Edwards looked good as well. Shaffering got a nice pass rush to force a hurry on a 3rd and 2 pass.
First throw by Wallace is into triple coverage and is picked.
Edwards has the guts to stand in against pressure. He might be the 3rd QB for Philly.
After the pick, the Eagles score AGAIN.
We are not that far away. All we need is an offense, a defense and some special teams.
The Browns are not a good team. The Offensive line is a major worry. If they can’t protect Weeden the Offense will not progress.
The WRs are a concern as well. The group is very young and has trouble running the disciplined routes that the West Coast Offense demands. There is also an issue catching the ball. That has to improve to let Weeden thrive.
The running game will get better. Several holes were there but the combination of Hardesty and Jackson either could not see them or just couldn’t get there. Richardson will make the running game work much better. It will also help the team move the chains with a 3 yard pass to TRich on a 3rd and long.
The D has played well. The O put them in bad positions allowing the Eagles to score 17 points by moving the ball less than 30 yards. That is not acceptable.
The D line has done OK despite the injury to Taylor. The rookie DTs are playing better than expected. The LBs are an issue. The team needs to get Jackson back and at 100 percent. Johnson looks the part on the outside. He has the speed that last year’s starters outside lacked.
The big issue in the backfield is the potential suspension of Haden. If he is suspended the Browns will be burned often by the long pass.
The team is going to get better as the season progresses but this is no more than a 5 win team given the schedule, the youth of the roster and the coaching. As a long time Browns fan, I wish I had better news but I have to be honest with my readers and listeners on NNR. That is about all we can expect. Anything better will be a major move in the right direction.
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