View Full Version : Stains confident they’ll overcome rough start

09-16-2008, 10:39 AM
BEREA, Ohio (AP)—The head coach is under attack for some questionable decisions and clock management. The star wide receiver has as many drops as catches. The high-powered offense has scored one touchdown in eight quarters. The defense just lost another starter to a serious injury. Other than that, the Cleveland Browns (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/cle/;_ylt=AvP2.0SRQjg2_ACuVfHRiykdsLYF) are doing fine. Just two games old, a season of lofty expectations has taken an unexpected turn—downward. One day after their first appearance on prime-time TV in five years ended with a 10-6 loss in hurricane-leftover winds to the dreaded Pittsburgh Steelers (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/pit/;_ylt=AtgwmhpPWfJviZfjIHsILWodsLYF), the Browns were insisting that their 0-2 start is not insurmountable.
“It’s no hole,” defensive tackle Shaun Smith (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/6695/;_ylt=AtrD4gmR80FQ7Oxp2KNOvXAdsLYF) said Monday. “The Giants started out 0-2 and won the Super Bowl. We’re that caliber-type of team.” The Browns haven’t looked it so far. In home losses to the Dallas Cowboys (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/dal/;_ylt=Agn.cDkYof8WY1uKYIe.WcYdsLYF) and Pittsburgh—the Steelers’ 10th straight win in the series—Cleveland has been undisciplined, disorganized and inconsistent.
Pro Bowl wide receiver Braylon Edwards (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/7179/;_ylt=AmeOpMi.PSDMLQMkwtHm4KQdsLYF) has become the poster child for the Browns’ early season woes. In two games, Edwards has dropped at least five passes and last week he made news off the field when he was given a speeding ticket for driving 120 mph. Adding to their troubles, the Browns likely lost defensive end Robaire Smith (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5226/;_ylt=AgQsfQ1xMv9KjhOLpwp7TaYdsLYF) for the season with an injured Achilles’ tendon. Coach Romeo Crennel didn’t provide specifics of Smith’s injury, but indicated the 6-foot-4, 310-pounder would be sidelined for an extended period. “He is not in the best of shape,” Crennel said. “For a big man, an Achilles is a tough thing to deal with.”
The Browns were already playing without two key defensive players. Outside linebacker Antwan Peek (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/6403/;_ylt=As4XiQJ.6leUF104d.GgmOUdsLYF) is out for the season with a knee injury, and safety Sean Jones (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/6818/) will be sidelined for several weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. On top of that, cornerback Daven Holly (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/7391/;_ylt=At8Xt.75cFIWM6SXu8E16IgdsLYF) was lost to a season-ending knee injury he sustained during practice in May. Robaire Smith started all 16 games last season with the Browns, who signed him as a free agent in 2007. Along with Shaun Smith and Shaun Rogers (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5508/;_ylt=An8auOn7uNwp2KrcnWEWbsQdsLYF), the 30-year-old gave the Browns a formidable front wall in a 3-4 defense that gave up 382 points last year but is beginning to show signs of improvement. “You can’t replace Robaire Smith,” linebacker D’Qwell Jackson (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/7783/;_ylt=AkE8YeOYpvVxMnIPe9wLQiQdsLYF) said. “He’s an animal inside. He doesn’t take crap from anybody on that field, whether it’s practice or in a game. We got a good group of guys and we have to keep them healthy and fresh. This happens every year. When you’re called on, you have to be able to do your job. “It’s tough to lose those guys.” It’s not that the Browns didn’t have their chances against the Steelers.
Late in the first half, after finally moving the ball across mid-field through wind gusts of 60 mph, Cleveland got to the Pittsburgh 16 when a calamity of errors cost the Browns points. They were late in getting a play called, they botched a snap and were penalized for an illegal shift. By rule, they had to use their final timeout or have 10 seconds taken off the clock. Crennel chose the latter, but after quarterback Derek Anderson (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/7389/;_ylt=AshINI5DjfdSvztvyrNH8TUdsLYF) sneaked for a first down, there were only 8 seconds left when Cleveland called its last timeout. Rather than kicking a field goal, Crennel sent his offense back out. Without a way to stop the clock, Anderson needed to throw into the end zone for a TD or to preserve time. But he threw short and was picked off by Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/6352/;_ylt=AodwYrQCKQsxYiOCr7i92FEdsLYF) at the 3. As their fans booed, the Browns, who were outclassed a week earlier by the Cowboys, headed to the locker room in frustration. Crennel defended his handling of the final minutes. “I wouldn’t change that sequence,” he said.
And although he’s being second-guessed all over Cleveland, Crennel is sticking by his choice to kick a field goal on fourth-and-7 at the 20 with 3:21 left and the Browns needing two scores to win. Crennel felt his team’s best chance was to get three points, hope his defense could stop the Steelers and get the ball back with enough time to score a TD—even though the Browns hadn’t gotten into the end zone all game. As it turned out, Cleveland didn’t stop quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/6770/;_ylt=Agi51G9F0Z8gU9uWjHz_W6UdsLYF) until there were just 26 seconds left. Others are doubting him. Crennel is sticking to his guns.
“You stop them and give your offense the ball back, that gives you the chance to win,” he said. “You can look at it a couple ways. You can look at it like we could score a touchdown and get it to overtime or you can look at it as it’s been almost four quarters and you’ve scored three points. “So what are you going to do?”
That line sums up the Browns’ current state. Since 1990, only 19 teams have come back from an 0-2 start to make the playoffs. “The tide will turn for us,” Jackson said. “It’s disappointing that we’re 0-2, but we got 14 to go.”

:grin1: Sure they are :greengrin:

09-16-2008, 11:04 AM
i liked the statement about how the giants started 0-2 last year! :hilarious: the stains are terrible and tattered. they don't have a friggin prayer. i want some stain fan to come on here and sound off... if they even dare.

09-16-2008, 11:36 AM
I was thinking the same thing. We heard so much before the season, but I haven't seen a clown's fan in here making noise. some fan base....:cope:

09-16-2008, 01:35 PM
Where are the Browns fans? Especially Dawgs. He was quite a character. I guess they won't be back until they think we forgot that we beat then again.

09-16-2008, 01:52 PM
where are those choads Brady Quinn and Joe Thomas? They love to talk **** in the off-season....buncha bitches

09-16-2008, 04:12 PM
The Browns have no chance of catching the Steelers for the AFC North division anymore after that loss at home on Sunday night let me repeat NONE!!! Their schedule is way too tough the rest of the way and they have 4 of their next 5 games on the road in which they will play at Baltimore,at Cincy,at Washington,and at Jacksonville with one home game in between all of those games against the Super Bowl champion Giants who play great on the road. Plus, they still have games with Indy and Denver in Cleveland which will be extremely tough, and tough road games at the Steelers of course again, Philadelphia, Tennessee, and Buffalo which they will struggle in all of those to win and probably will lose more of those then they will win. The Browns do not have the team make-up or the type of character players on their team to overcome this early hole. Not to mention that they have way too many injuries on offense and especially defense, and the Steelers are a much better football team this year and barring a complete collapse by the Steelers or a Ben Roethlisberger injury that sits him out for a long period of time the Browns chances of winning the AFC North title when poooooof like a fart in the wind at about 11:15 Sunday night.

09-16-2008, 05:11 PM
well they do have four easy games coming up, 2 ratbirds 2 bungholes, so that is reason to be confident

09-16-2008, 06:29 PM
where are those choads Brady Quinn and Joe Thomas? They love to talk shiat in the off-season....buncha bitches

Exactly, they both have been missing in action,:u Clowns fans get an life, come back when u have an real team:rant2:the fans r worse than the players:lol:always talking about how they r gonna win the division, an how much better they get each year, an how this is the year,etc....Blah blah blah, Get an real team Losers:lol:

09-16-2008, 06:43 PM
What's the early under/over for the clowns on primetime next year? 1 :)

09-16-2008, 11:45 PM
as i was trolling around on one of the stains forums, i came along a thread that was specifically TRASHING derek andersack. it's unbelievable how those people can call themselves fans. that's not to say that i wasn't laughing the entire time!:grin1:

Black@Gold Forever32
09-16-2008, 11:50 PM
as i was trolling around on one of the stains forums, i came along a thread that was specifically TRASHING derek andersack. it's unbelievable how those people can call themselves fans. that's not to say that i wasn't laughing the entire time!:grin1:

I don't find that surprising at all......There is half of that fan base that totally has a man crush on Brady Quinn...Even when Anderson was playing well early/mid season last year they still were screaming for Quinn....They have to go to Quinn really...They spent a first round pick on his ***....I think Quinn is vastly over-rated...Thought he **** the bed in big games at Notre Dame...But still they have to find out if he is indeed their QB since he cost them such a high draft pick....

Browns win 7-8 games tops this year.....Two will come against the flat out horrible Bengals and one against the Ratbirds...