Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Tick-tock, tick-tock

The real season is... oh so close. So, let's see about news:
'Looks like Mr. Thompson might be back in the game-hopefully today's practice went well and he can play on Friday against Chicago.

In other news: Casey Wiegmann is a sorry son-of-a-bitch. The whistle was blown and he slams Westmoreland with his friggin' elbow: that's cheap, real cheap. "Caught up in the moment" he says. I'm not buying that line. I hope the league slaps him with a huge fine.

Sunday, August 29, 2004

Just 23 Days Until the Season Opens!

Our first battle is against Baltimore. The guys are gearing up for the real season. Apparently, Garcia has many suggestions for improvement, and there's definitely time to make those changes. I'm curious to see what happens with these next three Preseason games.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Da Browns

Yes, I know I need to come up with some fresh material, but I'm busy and am not willing to expend the energy before the real football begins. Soon, my creative writing will be here for all to observe... until then, this is from their official website:

The Browns have established through two preseason games and a scrimmage that their offensive line can do a pretty good of run blocking.

But what about the pass protection?

That’s the big question concerning the first-team line – and, in many respects, even the team overall – heading into Saturday night’s preseason game at Kansas City. It’s the thing that probably most concerns Butch Davis, offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie and the rest of the offensive staff.

After quarterback Jeff Garcia got sacked on two of the Browns’ first three plays in the preseason-opening loss at Tennessee, the line had nowhere to go but up. To its credit, the line responded by showing improvement, as Garcia was sacked just once Saturday.

But the pass blocking is by no means a finished product.

“Oh, yeah, our protection was much better the other night than it was against Tennessee,” left tackle Ross Verba said before practice Monday as the Browns returned from a day off and started getting ready for the Chiefs. “Any time you give up two sacks on the first possession, it’s like, ‘Oh, no.’ But we settled down after that first drive, and now we’re just trying to build on it.”

The building process has been hurt by the fact the Browns have had a revolving-door situation at left guard. First it was Chad Beasley and then Enoch DeMar. Now it’s Paul Zukauskas, who started in last Saturday's 17-10 triumph over the Detroit Lions and is expected to get the nod once more against the Chiefs.

Maybe more than any other position area on the team, the offensive line needs time to mesh and develop. But because of all the changes at guard, that’s been a virtual impossibility.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Man, it hurt to watch... like a friggin' train wreck

More from nfl.com:

The quarterback and tight end positions were upgraded in the offseason, but it didn't seem to matter against Tennessee. Jeff Garcia completed three passes for 23 yards, and rookie Kellen Winslow had one catch for 10 yards as the Titans flexed their muscles in a 24-3 preseason win over the Browns. It wasn't all bad as Winslow's one catch early in the second quarter set up Phil Dawson's 50-yard field goal. Kelly Holcomb and Luke McCown combined with Garcia to throw for 220 yards. "When you come down here, there are a couple things you want to try to get accomplished," coach Butch Davis said. "One of them was that we wanted to play a hell of a lot better than we played."