Monday, March 10, 2008

The Browns aren't done yet

Since the last post the Browns have added Donte Stallworth, signed Shaun Rogers to a new deal, and signed offensive lineman Rex Hadnot. Let's take a look to see what these moves mean on football field.

The signing of Donte should present the same problems for defenses that Patriots offense did in 2007. Derek should have another good year with Joe Jurevicius and Donte Stallworth getting man coverage every snap, because of double coverage on Braylon and Kellen. This should also result in Jamal have at least another 1,300 yard season, because of the seven man fronts dictated by the receiving treats. In a nutshell it forces the defense to cover every inch of the field, which put incredible stress on the opponent.

Now to Shaun Rogers new contract, which has caused some head scratching around the league. I will go on record that the trade and new contract makes me nervous. Shaun has been a force at times but tends to fade towards the end of the season. The new contract could be a problem if the Browns didn't structure it properly. Now, if they broke up the 20 million in guarantees with a 5 million dollar signing bonus and the rest in roster bonuses over the next 3 years that's okay deal. This type of contract would still dangle the carrot for a guy who had problems staying motivated in Detroit. It would also protect the Browns in case the old Shaun Rogers shows up. Phil Savage believes that with Romeo Crennel and the leaders on defense like Willie McGinest, this will prevent Rogers from slipping in Cleveland. The upside is huge if they can get Rogers to perform consistently over 16 plus games.

The Rex Hadnot signing provides additional depth along the interior offense line. His versatility to play guard and center kills two birds with one stone. He should also compete with Ryan Tucker and LeCharles Bentley for the starting right guard spot. This leaves corner and outside linebacker as the Browns remaining needs.


Anonymous said...

I have to be honest, I was shocked by the Donte Stallworth signing. With Braylon, K2, and Joe J. on board, I honestly had no idea they were going to make a play to land a top notch receiver.

So, after the shock wore off, I realized, hey, this ain't a bad deal at all. The idea of having Jamal in the backfield, and 4 receiving weapons on the field at one time with our pro-bowl left tackle, QB, and revamped O-Line... man, this has the potential to be an even bigger year than last year.

After seeing DA start for a year, it will be interesting to see how teams will try and defend this offense now with another receiving addition.

As for the defense... let's face it, the only place for them to go is up. I think they will see a big boost with a new D Coordinator, and a couple of fresh faces from Free Agency.

Let's hope Phil can pull off a couple of good picks in the later rounds of the draft for a good DB and a linebacker.

Brooklyn Dawg said...

The signing of Hadnot is the one that surprised me the most so far. What does this mean for Bentley? Is he ever going to play? There seems to tension between him and the Browns, would love to know what is really going on.

Being a big Joe J fan I was surprised that he wanted a diminished role this year. I wonder if having to pick up many of the blocking assignments took its toll on the man? Did he really want the diminished role or was he forced to do so.

At any rate this is going to be one exciting season for Browns fans.

Great points Mike enjoyed reading your comments.