During the Browns four-game winning streak that completed the season, the passing game gave way to a newly-found running game fueled by Jerome Harrison.
Consider the Brown’s quarterback passing totals during the four-game winning streak that completed the season.
Brady Quinn threw for 90 yards against Pittsburgh. He followed that up with 66 yards at Kansas City.
With Quinn out for the season due to injury, Derek Anderson stepped in and passed for 121 yards against visiting Oakland and then managed 86 Sunday versus Jacksonville.
While the passing stats may seem meager by NFL standards save for Anderson’s big game of 121 yards against the penalty-prone Raiders, consider that the Browns offense scored no more than six points in five of eight games before the bye week.
So the passing game afterwards was an improvement during the streak, albeit subservient to the newly-established running game.
“My hat’s off to the offensive line,” Anderson said. “Those guys played great down the stretch. We ran the ball well and J.C. (Harrison) played well. We only made plays in the passing game when we needed to. It wasn’t like we had to throw the ball on every down.”
Anderson admitted the team realized it had to change its offensive strategy after a 1-11 start.
“Going to the no-huddle helped us. We ran the ball more and had shorter drops…Like I said, when you’re able to run the ball like we did down the stretch, it makes the passing game better. Obviously, we weren’t throwing for 300 yards a game, but we really didn’t need to. We put ourselves in third (down) and manageable where we could throw slants or even run the ball.”