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Old 01-07-2005   #1
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Obviously there were some high spots (Tennessee and Jags sweeps, KC, Chicago and Oakland wins), some reasons for encouragement (tough losses to GB and Minny) and some real, real downers (Denver, Indy and NYJ as well as Cleveland). Overall, "The Team" improved two games over last year so you have to say that "The Team" is getting better. But that Cleveland game was a real teller. I was on a high after those two road wins in Chicago and Jax. I came to Reliant Stadium on Sunday ready to whoop it up for an 8-8 season which would show we were really on the rise. But what I got instead was a rude awakening and a sober reality check. Our weaknesses were exposed by another weak team -- and if you don't think the rest of the league was taking notes, then you're kidding yourselves. This team still has some major, major obstacles to overcome. During the first year, the defense was overall a lot stronger than this year's team -- which is regression rather than improvement. The secondary has improved, but the DL can't stop the run and puts almost no pressure on the opposing QB. As for the offense, the running game has improved immensely over Shane Mack from year one. And David Carr/Andre Johnson have boosted the passing game in the past two years. But the pass protection went from absolutely horrible the first year to a slight improvement the second year back to horrible this year. Another regression. And gone are the heady days when Kris Brown was Mr. Reliable. Another regression, though slight. After watching the Browns debacle, I will never predict another win for "The Team." After all, if you can't beat a team that has nine straight losses with nothing to play for and you have them in your own house going for the first non-losing season in franchise history, then who CAN you beat with a certainty?
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Good post, we're making progress, but have lost consistency. Next year we have to improve our consistency and keep making progress or else we'll be 7-9 or 8-8. I think improved play on both lines will help stabilize the team and have us be consistent every week. With good line play we can run the offense and defense we want. I hope we make good personel upgrades on both lines and that our lineman work out hard and come back w/ a chip on their shoulder for '05, they should, they were bad. Things will get going this year.
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Good post, we're making progress, but have lost consistency. Next year we have to improve our consistency and keep making progress or else we'll be 7-9 or 8-8. I think improved play on both lines will help stabilize the team and have us be consistent every week. With good line play we can run the offense and defense we want. I hope we make good personel upgrades on both lines and that our lineman work out hard and come back w/ a chip on their shoulder for '05, they should, they were bad. Things will get going this year.
If we finish 8-8, I'd be happy. That would at least show some more improvement. I think a winning record is still not quite within our grasp. Too much has to be done before we reach that pinnacle. Maybe in 2006.
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If we finish 8-8, I'd be happy.
Uh-uh. Nope. I say 9 wins or bust. 10 is too much to ask for, but would make me real happy. The season after next, I expect post-season play. No excuses.

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Im happy that we were 4-2 in the division, that is def. a sign of improvement
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yeah we had a 4-2 division record, and they do say we play in the toughest division in the NFL ! That is a big sign of improvment from 1-5 the 2 previous years !
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Good post, we're making progress, but have lost consistency. Next year we have to improve our consistency and keep making progress or else we'll be 7-9 or 8-8. I think improved play on both lines will help stabilize the team and have us be consistent every week. With good line play we can run the offense and defense we want. I hope we make good personel upgrades on both lines and that our lineman work out hard and come back w/ a chip on their shoulder for '05, they should, they were bad. Things will get going this year.
Yup, I agree, All starts down in the trenches if you can't win there then the scoreboard isn't gonna show numbers in your favor.
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Again, 8-8 next year will be just fine.
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OK guys, let's stop the "You're insane & delusional if..." stuff. That won't go anywhere that's good.

10-6 would be even finer.
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Obviously there were some high spots (Tennessee and Jags sweeps, KC, Chicago and Oakland wins), some reasons for encouragement (tough losses to GB and Minny) and some real, real downers (Denver, Indy and NYJ as well as Cleveland). Overall, "The Team" improved two games over last year so you have to say that "The Team" is getting better. But that Cleveland game was a real teller. I was on a high after those two road wins in Chicago and Jax. I came to Reliant Stadium on Sunday ready to whoop it up for an 8-8 season which would show we were really on the rise. But what I got instead was a rude awakening and a sober reality check. Our weaknesses were exposed by another weak team -- and if you don't think the rest of the league was taking notes, then you're kidding yourselves. This team still has some major, major obstacles to overcome. During the first year, the defense was overall a lot stronger than this year's team -- which is regression rather than improvement. The secondary has improved, but the DL can't stop the run and puts almost no pressure on the opposing QB. As for the offense, the running game has improved immensely over Shane Mack from year one. And David Carr/Andre Johnson have boosted the passing game in the past two years. But the pass protection went from absolutely horrible the first year to a slight improvement the second year back to horrible this year. Another regression. And gone are the heady days when Kris Brown was Mr. Reliable. Another regression, though slight. After watching the Browns debacle, I will never predict another win for "The Team." After all, if you can't beat a team that has nine straight losses with nothing to play for and you have them in your own house going for the first non-losing season in franchise history, then who CAN you beat with a certainty?

good post.
The browns did have something to play for. word that I have read is that the team really likes their interim head coach and wants him to be the coach next year .. not sure if that is going to happen.

To me, this team is a teenager. we want to be treated as an adult, but aren't ready.
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The browns did have something to play for. word that I have read is that the team really likes their interim head coach and wants him to be the coach next year .. not sure if that is going to happen.

To me, this team is a teenager. we want to be treated as an adult, but aren't ready.
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I don't think anybody -- including the Browns players -- really believe that guy is going to be coach next year. He took over the team when Butch Davis left and the team proceeded to just quit -- which is even more alarming when you take into account that a team that was just mailing it in came in and beat us thoroughly. I do agree with you, though, about your teenager/adult analogy.
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which is even more alarming when you take into account that a team that was just mailing it in came in and beat us thoroughly. I do agree with you, though, about your teenager/adult analogy.
Maybe that had "mailing it in" as you would characterize it had something to do with their 3rd string QB playing the 4 games immediately prior to our game with them as opposed to their former starter--hmmm.
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Maybe that had "mailing it in" as you would characterize it had something to do with their 3rd string QB playing the 4 games immediately prior to our game with them as opposed to their former starter--hmmm.
Seeing that he threw two picks and had only one TDP while throwing for less than 250 yards, I don't believe you could say he was a huge upgrade in quality that propelled Cleveland to their success. That and the fact that he had nothing to do with those six sacks.
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Yeah, having a QB in that completes 67.8% of his passes vs. 49% of his passes made zero difference in the game--sure. Didn't say the only difference--said "something to do with it."
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