Cleveland Browns: Dangerous 0-4 Team

9/29/12 in NFL   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

The Cleveland Browns just can't seem to get it done. They played tremendous defense Week One when facing Michael Vick, chasing him into bad decisions all afternoon, only to lose on a last minute touchdown pass and fall, 17-16. 

The Browns defense has not been the issue over the last few seasons.  Their inability to find a solution at the quarterback position has hampered their ability to compete at a high level. Derek Anderson, Colt McCoy, Brandon Weeden.  Three different names, three different seasons starting the season as the Browns quarterback. 

On primetime Thursday Night Football, Joshua Cribbs took a vicious hit in the first quarter and left the game, September 27, 2012;Baltimore, MD, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Greg Little (15) drops a pass while being defended by Baltimore Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb (21) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIREleaving the Browns with largely unrecognizable players on the field to the common fan. However, the unnamed and hard-working defense held their ground, giving up only 16 points to the high powered Ravens, limiting Ray Rice's production on the ground as well. 

However, a pick-six thrown by Weeden in the fourth quarter proved costly as the Browns ended up losing 23-16. Trent Richardson has already proven to be a bright spot for the present and the future as his combination of size, quickness and power is tough to compete against at the second level of the defense. 

The receiving corp need improvement as there are catchable balls thrown down the stretch of a close game that end up on the ground instead of the scoreboard. Greg Little hit one-on-one coverage in the endzone late in the game with the Browns down by 7, however, he was unable to corral a perfectly placed ball, just beyond the reach of the defense for the game-tying touchdown. 

The Browns are getting there, and their defense will keep them in games - it's only a matter of time until this team brings Cleveland something to finally cheer about. 
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