Tag:Cleveland Browns
Posted on: September 16, 2010 10:16 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2010 11:34 pm
 

So, what's the deal with Jerome Harrison?

J. Harrison only got nine carries last week against Tampa Bay (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Perfectly encapsulated in the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi’s lede in his story this evening is what Will was saying earlier today.

Writes Grossi: “Sometimes it seems like the Browns lose Jerome Harrison's number.”

Writes Will Brinson: … “He's (apparently) done something evil to Eric Mangini's family, because there's no other way to explain how a guy who put up a season's worth of rushing yards in the last three games of 2009 is still splitting carries with fumble-machine Peyton Hillis and only getting carries when the team is backed into its own end zone.”

It’s actually hard to believe Harrison didn’t play more last Sunday. So, let’s try to figure this out logically. Why didn’t the Browns give Harrison more than nine carries last week? After all, Harrison averaged more than five yards a carry, and the Browns were winning most of the game. What’s the problem?

My theories:

Maybe it’s because Harrison isn’t known as a great pass blocker. Maybe it’s because the three teams he dominated last year for a combined 561 yards finished No. 31 (Kansas City), No. 29 (Oakland) and No. 19 (Jacksonville) in the NFL in run defense. Maybe it’s because the week before he started that unreal three-game stretch, he gained nine yards on seven carries against Pittsburgh – the third-best running defense in the league. Plus, he’s small (5-foot-9, 205 pounds).

All of those are possibilities, I suppose.

But the man the team took in the second round of the 2010 Draft, Montario Hardesty, who blew out his knee in the preseason, was known to have knee problems coming out of Tennessee, and Peyton Hillis only had 13 carries last year and was known as a short-yardage back. Harrison has more experience – and more success – than either of those players. So, yeah, it makes all the sense in the world that Hillis started instead of Harrison.

I’m just kidding about that. Despite all I wrote in the two paragraphs above this one, I have no idea why the Browns didn’t give Harrison more carries Sunday. I’m not sure I can figure out this one logically, because it doesn’t seem like a logical move (I’m sure it’s logical to the Browns coaches, though).

Now, the Browns will face Kansas City. You know what happened last time Cleveland played the Chiefs? Harrison rushed for 286 yards and three touchdowns on 34 carries. Which means he’ll probably get 10 carries Sunday. 

And since I began this post with Grossi’s lede, I’ll leave with you his kicker as well.

Coincidentally, the only player in the NFL who had more rushing yards than Harrison over the last month of the season last year was Jamaal Charles of the Chiefs. Charles finished with 1,120 yards in 10 starts; Harrison had 862 in seven.

And look what the Chiefs did. They went out and signed veteran rusher Thomas Jones as a free agent. When the Chiefs took the field for their first play on offense Monday night against San Diego, Charles was on the bench.

"Lets you know it happens everywhere, huh?" Harrison said.


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Posted on: September 15, 2010 9:01 am
 

Report: Delhomme in a walking boot right now

Posted by Will Brinson

Jake Delhomme's performance against Tampa Bay was one of the more disappointing items of the first NFL weekend. Perhaps his head was still ringing from the Ndamukong Suh "tackle" during the preseason.

The more likely cause is a first half ankle injury which he fought through , and which now, according to Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer , has him in a walking boot.

Grossi's source also believes that Seneca Wallace will get the "bulk of reps" with the first team Wednesday in anticipation for Delhomme not being able to start against the Chiefs on Sunday.

Or, at the very least, being listed as questionable on the team's Week 2 injury report, which Delhomme probably will.

If Delhomme can't go against the Chiefs, that should mean a healthy dose of Jerome Harrison ... er, well, it should . But he's (apparently) done something evil to Eric Mangini's family, because there's no other way to explain how a guy who put up a season's worth of rushing yards in the last three games of 2009 is still splitting carries with fumble-machine Peyton Hillis and only getting carries when the team is backed into its own end zone.

That's an entirely different rant to rumble off on; the point here is that there's a decent chance Delhomme might not play on Sunday, depending on the severity of the ankle injury.

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Posted on: September 13, 2010 3:00 pm
Edited on: September 13, 2010 4:10 pm
 

Hot Routes 9.13.10: first Monday of the season

Posted by Andy Benoit

A lot of people are wondering why Kevin Kolb and Stewart Bradley got back in for a few plays after suffering concussions. Fair question.

Pat Yasinkas points out that the Saints have a chance to start 2-0 in back-to-back seasons for the first time in franchise history. They’ll have to beat the 49ers in order to do it.

The huge Week 1 television ratings pretty much confirm that anyone who doesn’t watch the NFL is a loser.A. Hawk (US Presswire)

We’ll join the Revis vs. Moss hype later this week, but here’s a little taste to let you know that, even with the Jets still yet to play, it’s already starting.

Roddy White caught a career-high 13 passes against the Steelers. Matt Ryan targeted him 23 times!

A.J. Hawk did not see the field Sunday against the Eagles because Green Bay spent the entire game in nickel defense. Brandon Chillar is the club’s nickel linebacker.

Here’s another reason to like star running back Ray Rice.

The Giants may want to consider lowering their ticket prices.

Marshall Yanda will start at right tackle for the Ravens Monday night. Jared Gaither and Oniel Cousins are both injured.

The Redskins might still be trying to figure out their offensive line personnel.

Vince Young says he “definitely wants the Heisman” and that he wouldn’t turn it down. But Young also said that Reggie Bush won it “fair and square”. (Of course, if Bush won it “fair and square”, no one would be talking about Young getting the Heisman.)

The Browns started fullback Peyton Hillis ahead of Jerome Harrison at tailback against the Bucs. Hmmm…


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Posted on: September 13, 2010 9:53 am
 

Bucs-Browns weren't close to avoiding blackout

Posted by Andy Benoit

The attendance for the NFL’s only blacked out game Sunday, Cleveland @ Tampa Bay, wound up being 47,211. That was 18,000 shy of a sellout. It was the first regular season blackout for the Bucs since 1997. (And another interesting first: this was the first time sine the Browns returned to the NFL 11 years ago that they opened their season on the road.)

The game itself wasn’t bad. The Bucs, aided by two Jake Delhomme interceptions, back from 14-3 down to win 14-17.

Afterwards, Joshua Cribs made a mildly-interesting comment: “We're better than we just did. We just played Browns vs. Browns, and the Browns lost," Cleveland receiver/kick return specialist Joshua Cribbs said. "I would love to give Tampa a lot of credit. They've got talented guys out there, but we beat ourselves. We were the better team, but not today."

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Posted on: September 12, 2010 12:19 pm
 

Josh Freeman is active for Buccaneers

Posted by Will Brinson

Josh Freeman, the young but talented Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, is active for Sunday's home game against the Browns.

That's good news for the Bucs, not to mention everyone involved and/or around this game: any additional reason to watch this game is a good one.

Freeman, who banged his right thumb against a helmet during a preseason game, was expected to play all along this week -- he even invoked the timetable discussion to point out to folks that they shouldn't worry about him not participating in preseason activity -- but it's since been confirmed that he's good to go and will start for the Bucs against the Browns.

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Posted on: September 11, 2010 12:27 pm
Edited on: September 11, 2010 12:30 pm
 

Hot Routes 9.11.10 tying loose ends before Wk 1

Posted by Andy Benoit

 
Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry and 49ers tight end Vernon Davis will apparently be renewing a rivalry when their teams square off Sunday.


The Bills signed former Jaguar/Cowboy/Dolphin linebacker Akin Ayodele, a veteran who is well-experienced playing in a 3-4 scheme.

Darrelle Revis and Charles Woodson both recently signed lucrative deals. The Denver Post reports that Champ Bailey could be next. Bailey could sign an extension that would keep him with the Broncos through 2014 (he’ll be 36).

Is it fair to point out that Vikings safety Tyrell Johnson, an athletic second-round pick whom the team probably would have been willing to draft late in Round One, lost his starting job to Husain Abdullah, an undrafted guy who didn’t eat or drink anything during training camp?


Joshua Cribbs is making more of a mark at wide receiver.

Looks like Beanie Wells will be out for Week 1.

Redskins safety Kareem Moore is bouncing back quicker than expected from his August 23 arthroscopic knee surgery. Reed Doughty is still expected to start against the Cowboys.

Is Kevin Mawae a Hall of Famer?

Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis is eyeing a midseason return after suffering his second ACL injury in seven months this past spring. The Panthers aren’t ruling him out – he’s only PUP at this point.

Raiders running back Michael Bush is questionable for Sunday with a fractured thumb.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette believes Ben Roethlisberger will start Game 5 no matter what.


Normally we don’t share stories about parking arrangements for games, but this one is somewhat interesting because the Royals and Chiefs have a rare doubleheader Monday.



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Posted on: September 8, 2010 10:41 pm
 

Podcast: Week 1 early game previews

Posted by Will Brinson

Are you ready for some football? No, seriously, are you?

Because it's football time, people. Less than 24 hours from kickoff.

And that's why Andy Benoit and I are here to run over the Week 1 games with you, doling out helpful information to help you understand who will win, and answering all the important questions about Week 1, like "Is Tampa Bay-Cleveland the worst game of the season?"

So, go ahead. Click the play button. Got a question? Hit us up on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL)

Oh, be a friend and subscribe either by RSS or iTunes below.

If you can't view the podcast, click here to download .
Or, make it easy on yourself and  Subscribe via iTunes .


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Posted on: September 7, 2010 5:32 pm
 

Browns part ways with 2nd round pick

Cleveland released D. Veikune today, a year after drafting him in the second round (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It’s not all that often a team will cut the second round pick taken the season before. Even if the experiment hasn’t gone well, it’s not the norm for that squad to pull the plug as it enters that player’s second season.

But lately, there have been a couple teams that have given up on their 2009 second-round choices.

Already, Miami got rid of Pat White, and the Broncos traded Alphonso Smith (whom they traded up to get). Now, the Browns are washing their hands of LB David Veikune.

Veikune, a defensive end from Hawaii, was tried at outside linebacker and at inside linebacker last season. He was touted as a project – never a great description when you’re taking somebody in the second round – and the switching between positions might have hindered his progress, because he never could really settle in and learn one spot.

Since his strength was at rushing the passer, perhaps it didn’t make much sense to use him at inside linebacker either. He played 10 games and didn’t earn a single tackle, which also isn’t … you know … real good. Therefore, it was probably real easy for team president Mike Holmgren, who didn’t draft Veikune in the first place, to part ways with him.

In part, the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes, the Browns waived Veikune so they could give a roster spot to CB Derrick Roberson, an undrafted player who’s been on the practice squad of three teams.

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