In Part I of this week's question & answer exchange, NXNN of MVN's Browns Bites responded to our inquiries about the Tennessee Titans' upcoming opponent: the Cleveland Browns.
My questions and his answers are located below.
1. Do the Browns still feel bitter about what they perceived as "being screwed" out of the playoffs last year by the and Colts?
That was definitely the case during the off-season and heading into the year. With the way that the season has gone thus far this has, needless to say, fell on the back burner. When you have lost both QBs for the season and are run by an overwhelmed coach and loose cannon GM this is easily lost.
I expect this to come back a bit once this season settles down and is slowly forgotten.
2. After finishing 10-6 in 2007, the Browns appeared poised to become a contender in 2008. Why have the Browns struggled this year?
The simple answer is the difference in schedule. Last year the Browns played only 4 games against teams with winning records. Injuries have also plagued this team for most of the season.
The longer answer is the lack of effectiveness of Crennel's leadership. This team is talented enough to be a playoff team, regardless of their schedule. The issue is that the big personalities on this roster have gotten away from the organization.
If this team intends on winning anything anytime soon they must bring in a coach that will get in their faces and refuse to play their games.
3. How does a guy as talented as Braylon Edwards drop so many passes?
It is tough to say. In my own personal opinion I think it started because he was over confident and injured early on. I think his foot was a much bigger issue than originally reported. That caused a rough game full of drops against Dallas leading him to press and have a season full of drops.
Beyond that I have no idea.
4. How good (or bad) is Ken Dorsey? What are your expectations with him at the helm and will the team rally around their 3rd string QB?
Ken Dorsey seems to be a smart but relatively ungifted quarterback. I have only seen him in pre-season as the third string and really am not sure what we are going to get for the rest of the season.
At the University of Miami, Dorsey was quite successful leading them to wins upon wins. Maybe this will show in the last few weeks, although I doubt the offense has too much success.
The more interesting question is how much we will see of Josh Cribbs at QB. He was a QB in college and has seen some limited action their as a pro. This honestly might be the Browns best chance to snag a couple of late wins.
5. Considering Romeo Crennel's "" status, will the Browns make the Titans earn an AFC South-clinching victory, or is the team more interested in booking their offseason vacations?
That's a tough one. Had DA or Quinn been at QB then probably so, similarly to the Giants game.
However, this slow offense will somehow be even slower for the rest of the season. This team has been unpredictable from week to week but at this point I would have to say they have mailed it in.
Coming up next: Part II of the Total Titans/Browns Bites Q&A exchange.