It’s about wins, but also about being competitive

Posted by Vic Carucci on November 16, 2012 – 8:09 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:

Steve – The only thing the Browns are good for is winning moral games, which don’t count. It’s not how you play the game, but if you win or lose that matters.

Totally agree with you on the outcome being all that matters, Steve.

However, I don’t agree that the Browns are only good for “moral” wins. I firmly believe they are playing better than their record indicates. I think they have more talent than 2-7 would suggest.

I also understand that it’s hard to be excited about any aspect of a team that loses more than it wins. But it’s fair to say that this team has consistently competed at a high level, which has allowed it to be in position to win at least a few more games. That counts for plenty, because it is something upon which the Browns can build for the balance of this season and beyond.

Combine the building with figuring out how to consistently finish games, and the Browns will start delivering more of what is all that truly matters: wins.

Mark – Work on the red zone, Browns! We love Phil Dawson, but let’s stop letting him be the only points on the board!!

You’ve got that right, Mark.

Dawson deserves all of the love he can get for being money on his field-goal attempts, hitting all five against the Ravens in Week 9, but the Browns need to cash in scoring opportunities for touchdowns.

The Ravens’ coverage did a good job of discouraging the Browns from connecting on passes in the end zone. The Browns chose to play it safe and stay alive for the field goals Dawson delivered.

Nevertheless, when the opponent is focused on taking away the pass, it is up to the Browns to find success running the ball. It is up to the coaches to scheme and call plays accordingly. And it is up to Brandon Weeden to successfully complete the more difficult throws when the field is condensed and thoroughly covered.

Sometimes, your quarterback must be able to thread the needle, so to speak.

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