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Creative Cleveland

In 2009 with Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson at the helm, the Browns’ offense was pathetic, to put it candidly. In 2010, they will have a package opponents will have to game plan for. They can’t throw the ball and traditional handoffs don’t generate a high enough percentage of explosive plays, so they need to get the ball into their playmakers’ hands by thinking out of the box.
Mike Holmgren and company are doing just that, and have practiced formations involving both Josh Cribbs and Seneca Wallace. Throw in Jerome Harrison and some quick receivers on the edge, and a defense all of a sudden is dealing with a helluva lot of speed and explosive ability.
They get an ‘A’ for effort, but I doubt the formation will do much damage. There is no deep threat to keep the defense honest and the offensive line has some major holes. The biggest reason the package will fail is that they won’t be able to call it. Miami and Dallas are the only real innovators when it comes to the wildcat, everybody else is just a copycat. Cleveland won’t throw anything at a defense that they can’t prepare for. Nobody on their coaching staff has experience calling a wildcat as a significant chunk of the offense, and it will show.
The Browncat, or whatever you want to call it, will look an awful lot like what the Eagles did with Michael Vick. Interesting formation and a ton of pre-snap hype followed by a simple draw play that nets two or three yards. Are the athletes (Cribbs, Wallace, Harrison) dangerous? Yes. Will they be stuffed when a defense drops eight or nine guys down in the box? 95% of the time.
The new package will not be creative enough to make an offense out of because unlike in Miami, Cleveland doesn’t have the brains calling the plays. I guess that’s why they pick in the top 10 so often.


May 31, 2010 - Posted by | NFL News, Opinion

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