Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Cribbs Factor-Where is it?

The defensive side of the ball got an injection in the off season with the additions of Sheldon Brown, Scott Fujita, Chris Gocong, Joe Haden, and TJ Ward. All of these players are making a big contribution so far this season. The Browns have a top 15 defense in yards and scoring defense. The offense did not get the same attention in the offiseason. So for a team lacking a talent infusion the offense except for the QB position is unchanged. This is where the Browns need to inject more Cribbs into the offense. Teams are focused on taking away the Cribbs factor on returns and they don't fear him yet as a receiver. It's not mystery to figure out the wildcat needs to be cranked up. I think the offense needs to become the Cribbs Flash package. The problem is I am not the offensive coordinator so I can only hope starting today in Baltimore we can see more Cribbs.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Holmgren effect-Browns v. Chiefs

Today we get to see the first results of what I call the Holmgren effect. One of the under reported benefits of Holmgren being with the Browns is that he can coach up Eric Mangini. This is first for the new Browns since they have come back. They finally have someone in the building who is not the coach or general manager who is a football guy will a recent track record of success. He can look at the tape of the Tampa Bay game and give Eric Mangini coaches perspective on his in game decision making process. This should show up in the Chiefs game today. As for the Browns not making halftime adjustments last week that is just not true. The plan they was working and continued to work in the third quarter. You can blame the lack of success in the second half on the turnovers and mistakes. Look for the game today against the Chiefs to come down to special teams and special players like Cribbs and Dexter McCluster.