Live Game Notes From Browns/Chiefs

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Brandon Weeden watches the BCS Unveiling

Brandon Weeden watches the BCS Unveiling (Photo credit: ShuttrKing|KT)

 

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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Half

 

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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

Conclusions:

 

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 https://fryingpansports.com.  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

 

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Live game notes Browns/Cowboys

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Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys before the 2008 National Football League Pro Bowl football game at Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii, Feb. 10, 2008. VIRIN: 080210-N-8623G-010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Live Game Notes Browns/Cowboys

 

Good move to defer after winning the coin toss.

 

Nice stop by the D.

 

 

Good catch by Little. Maybe he is beginning to get it.

 

No room for the run. WE NEED A FB!

 

Cooper shows his youth and goes just sort of the LTG.

 

The punt almost got blocked. Bad news. That will cost us sometime soon.

 

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OLB JMJ’s speed to cover good to see. It is a refreshing change from the slow old guys that played there last season.

 

Robertson and JMJ are the best OLBs we have. They need to start full time.

 

Hagg with nice coverage.

 

 

Good run by TRich on his own. Shows vision and strength.

 

Great catch by TRich.

 

Gordon reaches behind him to pull in the pass

 

No hole again for TRich. He is not dancing he is looking for a hole.

 

Obbi1 as a FB? What is that?

 

Good block by Cribbs on the pass.

 

The O line needs work on run blocking.

 

Great catch by Watson for the TD.

 

What is this thing called TOUCHDOWN? I have never seen it before.

 

=CL 7 DA 0

 

D does a great job of getting Boys off the field.

 

 

Great play by TRich to move the ball deep into Boys land.

 

=CK 10 DA 0

 

Double TE working on the sweep. The Boys are struggling to set the edge against the run.

 

Greco doing a nice job pulling on the inside run. He reminds me a little of Steinbach.

 

Bubble screen won’t work with Small WRs blocking.

 

The Boys shoot themselves in the foot again with a roughing the QB call.

 

The communication breaks down again and the Browns call a TO.

 

Hardesty with a nice run. Showing better vision than last year.

 

On 3rd and 7 Weeden should have run. He needs to be encouraged to tuck and run when the field is open like that.

 

=CL 13 DA 0

 

Good pressure again and Hughes gets the sack

 

The challenge is a bad idea. And the Browns lose the TO

 

Skrine bad move to cover Bryant. He is way too short to cover a big WR.

 

At least the call was not pass interference.

 

On the next play they get the call again.

 

On the long pass to Austin Skrine could have been called again. He has to stop using the arm bar and trust his speed to keep contact with receivers.

 

 

=half time

 

The first down run TRich got hit on the ribs again. He is still no where close to 100%.

 

Bad thow on 2nd and 5 wide of the mark.

 

TRich gets the catch and the FD. THAT is what he can do that others can’t.

 

Another FD on a pass to TRich.

 

Shurmur is being way too conservative in play calling. He is playing not to lose.

 

Great pickup of the blitz by Smith on the long pass to Little.

 

Thomas gets beat by Ware for a sack and the punt goes into the end zone.

 

They have to get a better punter.

 

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Bryant should have scored but the whistle blew.

 

Jones for 12 and the Boys O is moving

 

Hughes chased Romo and the throw was off but they get the face mask despite no one being tackled

 

Parker puts pressure on Romo and gets the holding call against the Boys. He has been playing very well for an old guy.

 

-CL 13 DA 3

 

JMJ shows his football instincts with a great recovery of an onside kick.

 

Greco got no push on the run by TRich.

 

Shurmur is getting too conservative on the play calls.

 

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Bryant gets the long pass. Look for him to be more involved.

 

With the long penalty against Ward the wheels begin to fall off.

 

Skrine is giving too much ground and the DL is not getting pressure against the 3 step drop. That combination will take DA to the win.

 

The Boys score the TD and the wheels are off.

 

=CL 13 DA 10

 

Cribbs fumbles and the Boys get it. The call was bad because he was down.

 

Hockley got it right. I was surprised they reversed the call.

 

Weeden panicked and threw the ball into the crowd. Can’t do that.

 

Another season another NEW starting QB.

 

Three and out and the Boys get the ball outside their 40.

 

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Skrine jumped and knocked the ball away at the 5 Good play.

 

Rubin stuffed the 3rd and 1 run.

 

Vickers catches the 4TH down pass. He was allowed to go free agent because they said he couldn’t catch.

 

Pass for the TD and the game is over

 

-DA 17 CL 13

 

Special teams blow it again and the team starts from the 11

 

The ball was almost picked at the 17 but the penalty against Ratliff gave the Browns a 1st.

 

Weeden under pressure loses his cool and throws it away.

 

Weeden fumbles and that is the ball game.

 

With the second overall pick in the 2013 draft the Browns take …

 

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The D forces a fumble but Romo’s knee was down.

 

WHAT? A break for the Browns? I can’t believe it.

 

 

A pair of great catches by Little and Gordon move the ball inside the Boy’s 20.

 

Shurmur will go for the FG and hope to get the ball ball.

 

Bad call on the 4th down fade pass to the TE. Should have given Weeden a pass run option. I can not remember the last time a fade worked for the Browns. SHURMUR WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

 

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Great stop by the D gives the Browns the ball in good field position

 

 

Great throw by Weeden gives the Browns a 20-17 lead. But cheer up draft fans, they will still not win.

 

=cl 20 da 17 1:07 left

 

Fouls by the D give the Boys a field goal.

 

-DA 20 CL 20 OT

 

Romo takes the Boys right down the field.

 

Robertson gets the sack but Romo recovers for the 1ST

 

The Browns get off the field but not soon enough.

 

 

 

 

“Great” call by Shurmer results in a 3 and out and a punt.

 

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TOLD YOU WE WOULD FIND A WAY TO LOSE.

 

 

 

Final thoughts:

 

As a coach the worst thing that anyone can say is the coach took away our chance to win. By getting too conservative, Shurmur ended the chances of the team to win. He should not be permitted to continue to call plays. In the 2nd half the difference was the number of 3rd and long situations the Browns faced. The Boys made adjustments and the Browns were not able to understand what was happening and adjust themselves.

 

When you look in the eyes of TRich and the other young players used to winning, you see a frustration that is going to drive them to leave when their deals expire. THAT will kill any chance the team will ever become competitive.

 

Shurmur needs to be fired now so that the team doesn’t lose all hope for the season.

 

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 https://fryingpansports.com.  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

 

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Local Youth Wrestling Clubs vs Little Guy

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Local youth wrestling clubs are one of the best ways to introduce kids to the sport of wrestling.  I believe local youth wrestling clubs provide a higher caliber of competition than the   little guy wrestling offered in the elementary schools. I have seen friends kids do real well in little guy tournaments, then come to the “big leagues” of club wrestling tournaments and find it much more difficult to win.

The other thing about local wrestling clubs vs little guy, is that the numbers of athletes in the clubs are often far larger. This is very helpful to wrestlers who are in a weight that there are fewer numbers of kids. It is difficult and potentially dangerous for a child to wrestle someone who is even 10 pounds heavier than themselves. So having a larger pool of kids to pair up greatly helps reduce this issue.

Another advantage of club wrestling is that the season is longer and there are far greater tournament choices to attend. Little guy wrestling tends to only last around one month, while club wrestling lasts often 4 months. There is also, what is referred to as “off-season or pre-season” tournaments all over the states between June –December. So technically, you could wrestle every month in the year if a person wanted to.

Just a note: local clubs are sanctioned by either USA Wrestling or AAU Wrestling.  Some clubs are sanctioned by both groups.  People have preferences on which association they like more, for one reason or another. But both offer tournaments in all styles of wrestling, ie: freestyle, folkstyle or Greco.  Bottom line, both associations goal is to promote the sport of wrestling in our youth, they just have different ways of doing so. Even if your club is an AAU club, that doesn’t prevent you from wrestling in a USAW sponsored tournament, as long as you have purchased a USAW card. Cards are good for one year. Your wrestling gear, particularly singlet color is determined by the association’s rules.

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Donte Stallworth got a pass on DUI Manslaughter.

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When is DUI Manslaughter not a serious crime? When you are a drunk NFL player that happens to run down and kill a j-walker.

Florida has a somewhat unique approach to accidents that end up with a death. The law assigns fault to each party based on the legality of their actions leading up to the accident. There is no question that Stallworth was drunk. According to police, he had a blood alcohol content of 0.14. That is well above the legal limit.

According to reports coming from Miami, the fact that the victim Mario Reyes, 59, was not in a cross walk was a major factor in the negotiations for the plea agreement reached this week. Another factor was that representatives of Stallworth had already worked out a confidential financial settlement to avoid a potential lawsuit from the Reyes family.

The resulting plea agreement was a joke. Stallworth will spend 30 days in jail, a sentence that he has already started to serve, and will have to serve 10 years probation. He also will have community service requirements. Had he gone to trial and been found guilty of DUI Manslaughter, the sentencing guidelines are from 4 ½ to 15 years in prison.

Stallworth will also face a suspension for violating the NFL substance abuse rules. I can’t help but wonder why the NFL doesn’t have rules against manslaughter. This is not the first time that an active player has committed DUI Manslaughter.

In the summer of 1999, Ram DE/LB Leonard Little was driving under the influence of alcohol on his birthday when he ran a red light and killed Susan Gutweiler, 47, of Oakville, Mo. Little served 90 days in jail and was suspended for the first 8 games of the 99 season. The Rams won the Super Bowl that year.

NFL Commissioner Goodell has a decision to make on the suspension of Stallworth. He should suspend Stallworth for the entire season and playoffs. That would help make a point to other professional athletes that laws against driving and drinking apply to them as well as the “regular” people.

The Cleveland Browns also have a decision to make. Coach Mangini has talked a lot about creating a new atmosphere of responsibility in the locker room. In fact, that is about the only thing that Mangenious has talked a lot about. The Stallworth case is an opportunity for the coach to prove it. Cut him now. Make it clear that some things are more important that winning. Killing another human being is one of them. The death of Mr. Reyes is nothing short of murder because Stallworth had to realize that he was too drunk to drive.

Stallworth deserves to lose at least one season if not his career. After all, Mr. Reyes lost his life.

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 https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and edits .

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