Monday, October 3, 2011
A 2-2 start isn't exactly cause for celebration, especially given that both of the Browns' victories were against teams that are still winless. Nor has the team looked convincing in those wins, or able to establish a real identity on offense. The running game is okay but inconsistent, and Colt looks somewhat jumpy in the pocket. Tight end play continues to be the team's strongest asset, but as me and everyone else in the world except the Browns' coaching staff predicted, their wide receivers just plain suck. The defense is decent--they don't get methodically picked apart or run up and down the field all day--but they do give up some big plays (the Titans) or some dumb plays (the Bengals). A 2-2 record is the best the team has started in all but a couple of seasons in the past decade, so there's reason to be optimistic. Hopefully, next weekend's bye will give them some time to better figure out how to move the ball down the field effectively in the West Coast system and better integrate the rushing attack.