Preseason impressive, but …

Posted by Vic Carucci on August 22, 2012 – 9:42 pm

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

You’ve got questions and comments that you submit to the Browns’ official Facebook and Twitter pages. Here’s what I have to say about what you have to say:

TOM – This is the most impressive Browns preseason I’ve seen in many years. And I’ve seen many.

I agree, Tom.

I’m still not sure how much to take from it relative to judging how the team will play in the regular season. I’m still reluctant to say that all of the good we’ve seen from the team in a 2-0 start – especially in that 35-10 win against Green Bay – is something that will continue when the games count.

However, I do think what the Browns’ preseason says about the team is that it is more talented, which, combined with a better overall understanding of offensive and defensive schemes being implemented for a second year, is allowing for better performance in practice and in preseason games.

That’s encouraging. I’m just not sure, even if the Browns were to finish the preseason at 4-0, that it means they will have similar success in the regular season. It simply doesn’t work that way in the NFL. During my time of covering the Buffalo Bills during their four-year Super Bowl run, I can remember poor preseason showings that had many fans worried … until the real games started.

BRADLEY – I want to see more aggressiveness on offense and smash-mouth on defense. Let them know what were made of.

When it comes to strategy, there are limits as to what you’re going to show in terms of aggressiveness on offense or defense during the preseason.

But I do believe the Browns have demonstrated a certain amount of aggressive play-calling in having Brandon Weeden throw some deeper routes.

Keep in mind, though, that the more times you have your quarterback drop back and throw, the more you’re exposing him to injury. And that simply isn’t the best idea in preseason games. Sometimes the hits quarterbacks take are unavoidable, but it makes sense for coaches to be cautious.

Another point to consider that the Browns are going to have their share of tighter offensive formations than, say, the Eagles – their preseason opponent on Friday night – because they play in a more physical division. It is wise for them to give the running game plenty of attention.

But believe me, Weeden and the rest of the offense have gotten plenty of opportunities to open things up in the passing game in practice.

RYAN – What I’d like to see is Browns fans realize that this isn’t the Browns franchise of old. You really are dealing with a 13-year-old expansion team with the same fan base. You can’t say this team has sucked for the past 30 years, because it hasn’t been around that long. They are moving in the right direction!

Excellent points, Ryan.

I’m not sure you’re going to change the perspective of fans who view themselves as long-suffering, whether it is over 13 years or longer.

But I agree with your point that if you focus on what the current regime has done in drafting over the past three years, there is reason to believe that the franchise is moving in the proper direction.

The team has better talent on both sides of the ball, and the core players are young enough to grow and develop. With the experience added to the coaching staff, the Browns do have plenty of pieces in place to build something that can have sustainable success.

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One Response to “Preseason impressive, but …”

  1. By RUDY MARIAN on Aug 23, 2012 | Reply

    the browns are new …..doing great in preseason so for…..offense and defensive units looking sharp……but let thebarometer be what do with philly in preseason and what they do with philly in thf regular season approx two weeks away…the BROWNS LAST CHECK-UP WAS THE GB GAME………THIS GAME WILL BE BASIC RUNS AND BASIC PASSES TO CLEAN THE ROUGH EDGES….ALONG WITH THE BEARS GAMES ITS LOOKING AT THE PLAYERS….MAYBE FIND A GEM ……WHO KNOWS …..GO BROWNS

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