- Akron Beacon Journal (Patrick McManamon): Brutal Browns loss can't be defended
- Akron Beacon Journal (Marla Ridenour): Edwards wants fans to know he's trying
- Akron Beacon Journal (Stephanie Storm): Late benching catches Quinn by surprise
- Chronicle-Telegram (Brian Dulik): Shake up the Browns? Why bother? This season is a lost cause
- Houston Chronicle (Jerome Solomon): Texans demonstrate they haven’t given up on season or Kubiak
- Houston Chronicle (Lance Zierlein): Texans game ball goes to.... you'll never guess
- Orange and Brown Report (Rich Passan): That's It; That's Enough
- Plain Dealer (Bud Shaw):An abysmal loss seals Crennel's fate, but he can't be Browns' lone fall guy
- Plain Dealer (Terry Pluto): Plenty of culprits for this stinker - What I'm saying today: Romeo Crennel should be fired. Not at the end of the season. Not at the end of the week. Today. Football fans tend to think irrationally after a bad beat, but the Browns systematically broke down and gave up on Sunday. Crennel clearly doesn't have the ability to be an NFL head coach.
A quick glance at the lowlights:
- The quarterback of the future gets benched for a guy who couldn't keep his job. - Your sure-handed running back has two fumbles. - Your All Pro left tackle has two penalties. - The Pro Bowl wide receiver drops four more passes (the tracker will be updated later today). - Arguably the best player on the team, Kellen Winslow, got his only catch with three minutes remaining in the game. - The fans chant for a coach who was the leader of the rival team for 15 years. - The offensive coordinator, who looked like a surefire future head coach following last season, abandons the running game when it's successful and calls several plays for Stonehands Edwards. - The biggest cheer of the second half? Penalties on the Texans.
There are several more. Share one if you have it. Let your frustration out here at the Bulletin.
There were actually some highlight, as crazy as that sounds.
- Jamal Lewis ran very well, going for a 5.8 clip. Sadly, he only got 10 carries. - Kamierion Wimbley had his best game of the season. - Phil Dawson and Shaun Rogers look like Pro Bowl players. - I had a delicious steak after the game.
Browns second-year quarterback Brady Quinn suffered a small fracture on the tip of his index finger on his throwing hand in Monday night's victory at Buffalo, Browns coach Romeo Crennel announced Thursday.
Quinn will wear a splint while off the field, but will not miss practice and will start in Sunday's home game against the Houston Texans.To read more or comment...
- Akron Beacon Journal (Marla Ridenour): McDonald deals with demotion
- Akron Beacon Journal (Patrick McManamon): Calm, quiet kicker lets feet do talking
- Buffalo News (Jerry Sullivan): Free fall from grace starts with quarterback - Chronicle Telegram (Scott Petrak): Dawson keeps getting better with age
- Plain Dealer (Terry Pluto): Far from flawless, Quinn still gave a sense of poise to Browns offense in victory
- Plain Dealer (Dennis Manoloff): Edwards makes an impact
- Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (Leo Roth): Buffalo Bills turned to Lynch too late
- What I'm saying today: The Browns tried their best to lose, but still managed to win. Hooray!
Brady Quinn was kind of average, outside of late in the game. Good enough.
Braylon Edwards was the best player on the field last night. What is this, 2007? Oh, wait, Phil Dawson was actually the best player out there.
Apparently the Browns players forgot how to tackle sometime between the first and second quarter and never figured out how to do it again. It has to be time Andra Davis sits on the bench.
Nor, it wasn't signing Donte Stallworth or shipping Jeff Faine to New Orleans. Nor was it hiring Romeo Crennel (that was mostly done by Randy Lerner and John Collins). Or trading three draft picks from the latest draft.
Watching the Ravens game yesterday, it was clear. Phil Savage's biggest mistake was one of his first. It was when he swapped draft positions with Baltimore so the Ravens could pick up defensive lineman Haloti Ngata.
He can do it all -- rush the passer, stop the run, clog lanes, everything. Instead, the Browns got Kamerion Wimbley, who can't really do anything.
Revisionist history is a beautiful thing in sports. Just think about this one. If the Browns had Ngata, who plays end in Baltimore, they would have had to trade a second-round pick for Corey Williams. Then, the Browns could have used that second rounder this year on a cornerback so Brandon McDonald wouldn't be starting. There could be a ton of these sort of scenarios, obviously.
Think Savage has made a worse decision? Try to beat this one.
- Akron Beacon Journal (Patrick McManamon): Quarterback can't win game all by himself
- Canton Repository (Steve Doerschuk): No miracle finish for Browns, Quinn
- Denver Post (Jim Armstrong): Browns keep reverting to form
- Denver Post (Woody Paige): Cutler's courage torments Brownies
- Plain Dealer (May Kay Cabot): Bright start for Winslow ends bleakly with fourth-quarter errors - Plain Dealer (Bud Shaw): Quinn's impressive debut can't overcome another example of '08 Browns failure
- Rocky Mountain News (Bernie Linicome): Weapons extinguished, Cutler fired up What I'm saying today: There is a lot more to life than football. However, when you look to football to give a release from the garbage, it's far too frustrating to be a Browns fan.
Brady Quinn looked good, I guess. I wasn't as hot about his play as everyone else. Maybe more on that over the next few days. The defense, though, has become a real problem. It's especially troublesome to see Brandon McDonald just getting scorched out there.
Browns backup quarterback Brady Quinn will make his first NFL start in Thursday night's nationally televised home game against the Denver Broncos, the team confirmed Monday evening.
Quinn, the 22nd overall pick in the 2007 draft, has attempted only eight passes and completed three for 45 yards, all during a field goal drive during last year's finale against San Francisco.To read more or comment...
Akron Beacon Journal (Patrick McManamon): Team's total collapse spells doom for season
Akron Beacon Journal (Marla Ridenour): Cribbs breaks through for Browns
Baltimore Sun (Mike Preston): With Flacco and Rice, futures market already bringing return
Baltimore Sun (David Steele): Pep talk from Lewis provides big lift
Columbus Dispatch (Bob Hunter): Browns don't seem to get what 3-5 means
Examiner.com (Andrew Calafato): The culture of mediocrity, your 2008 Cleveland Browns
Plain Dealer (Mary Kay Cabot): Teammates try to shrug off Edwards' fourth-quarter drop
Plain Dealer (Terry Pluto): Browns have made it clear: This is not their year What I'm saying today: This was a tough one. In the third quarter, it seemed there was no way the Browns would lose. And they did.
It's weird how your opinion can swing so drastically from a win to a loss. The only problem is, the Browns are getting to a point where even if they win, the hope doesn't grow. But if they continue to lose, your opinion does get more and more sour.
Can the Browns go on some kind of winning streak? Yes, because at times the offense looks electric. But the problem now, at 3-5, the team might be too far out of it to bother.
Fortunately, there is another game on Thursday against the Broncos. I'll be live blogging again, so make sure to stop by.