Final thoughts from Browns-Eagles

Posted by Vic Carucci on August 25, 2012 – 3:51 am

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

Here are some final thoughts on the Browns’ 27-10 preseason loss against the Eagles at Cleveland Browns Stadium:

>>There’s no excusing sloppy play, but this was hardly a normal third preseason game. Because the opponent was the Eagles, whom the Browns will face in their regular-season opener in two weeks, they treated the game as anything but a tune-up for the first game that counts because they wanted to show next to nothing strategically. And it showed. The Browns effectively were in third-preseason-game-tune-up mode in last week’s win at Green Bay.

>>Yes, the Eagles were dealing with the same scheduling dilemma. Yes, they had just played four nights earlier. Yes, they played better. What does it mean? Not a whole lot, which pretty much applies to all preseason outcomes.

>>Montario Hardesty’s second fumble in two games could open the door to Brandon Jackson making a push for the No. 2 running back spot. Jackson was solid, averaging 4.9 yards per rush on seven carries. He has done a nice job as a receiver and blocker since the start of training camp.

>>The interior of the Browns’ offensive line had problems with pass protection. The Eagles’ defensive line is good, but the Browns’ guards need to block much better. They’ll be facing that line again in a couple of weeks.

>>The Eagles have an amazing amount of speed in all phases.

>>Brandon Weeden worked under siege far too often. When he did have time, threw the ball well, especially on his 28-yard connection with Josh Gordon on the first play from scrimmage.

>>Gordon ran a nice route on the 28-yarder. The game clearly seems to be slowing down for the rookie who is trying to deal with a major learning curve.

>>Colt McCoy had his strongest performance of the preseason in the role of No. 2 quarterback. He made good plays on the move, including his three-yard touchdown pass to Evan Moore that capped a 15-play, 78-yard drive.

>>Moore made a nice play on the touchdown pass to help his cause in the highly competitive situation at tight end.

>>It was fun seeing Jimmy Haslam, who has agreed to purchase a majority stake in the Browns, watching part of the game from the “Dawg Pound.” No surprise there. He is a service-oriented businessman who wants to see the product from the same perspective as the customers.

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4 Responses to “Final thoughts from Browns-Eagles”

  1. By dan tishman aka chevyman on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    I d rather see the coverage, ball security and blocking issues exposed now then in the regular season. We have a lot to be excited about keep the train moving and don’t give up 17 points for little work! Hey if a DB is not going to make a play on the ball then after getting burned once, play way off from that point on why not let the young guy in there and get his learning curve and get to his upside faster! Go Browns!

  2. By dan tishman aka chevyman on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    After watching the game again. I don’t understand why the new owner said after three more good drafts we’ll be as good as the Eagles. That was right after a pick 6 was removed by a phantom hands to the head call after we plummeted the Eagles QB! That would have made it 17 10 and we scored with our next drive. Come on man lets not get extreme. There are a lot of good to build on. We have a great young group. I don’t want to be any other team or have any other players! I like ours! Go Browns!

  3. By scott anderson on Aug 25, 2012 | Reply

    well as usual,NOOOO…offensive line!I understand this is only preseason,they have to play much better than thisif you look at our starters vs. the other starters,we are not that good.We have along way to go..

  4. By tim zifzal on Aug 26, 2012 | Reply

    i really believe the cleveland browns are heading in the right direction. we have three good drafts with this front office a new owner that wants to be the one to turn the once proud franchise around. the last time the browns were contenders were the mid to late eighties. the usfl folded and we landed (m johnson, minnifield, g mcneil, k mack and fike. all were major signings at the time. and kosar was taken in the supplemental draft in 1985. i think we have a franchise quarterback with brandon weeden. the last franchise qbs we had were grahmn, and ryan. kosar we all like sipe but he never even won one playoff game. a liked him as much as anybody. buit we need to suppport our new owner and coaching staff. and the 2012 cleveland browns. we do not need to keep changing coaches and players every couple of years best wishes to the 2012 browns and the best fans in the nfl. GO BROWNS !!!

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