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Weekend musings: Had strep throat?

By Marla Published: October 3, 2011

Here's a nugget from Sports Illustrated's Peter King to further enforce the reality of the Browns' situation: They still haven't beaten a team with a winning record.


  • Sorry but I'm not buying the notion that Peyton Hillis skipped the Dolphins game because he was upset over his contract situation. Anyone who's had strep throat might agree. In college, I contracted it twice in a three-month span and had to have my tonsils removed at age 21. Strep usually brings days of high fever. Can't imagine how Hillis could have played at anything approaching his normal intensity level with his body that weak.

  • With 61 pass atttempts on Sunday against the Titans, Colt McCoy broke Brian Sipe's record of 57. Sipe set the dubious mark against San Diego on Sept. 7, 1981, my first game covering the Browns. That was also the first game after Red Right 88, and the Browns lost 44-14 to Dan Fouts and the Chargers on national TV. Owner Art Modell blamed the team's 5-11 record on the debacle. Fans must hope the 31-13 setback at the hands of the Titans does not have the same effect. Sunday will not be one for McCoy to tell his grandchildren about.

  • I know the 61 pass attempts was a product of the Browns falling behind 21-6 at halftime. But I don't like the fact that McCoy has attempted 61, 39, 32 and 40 passes against Tennessee, Miami, Indianapolis and Cincinnati, respectively. Last season the Browns' high was 43 in a game (in the finale against Pittsburgh) and they went over 32 six times. If this is the West Coast offense, I'm not a fan. The Browns' talent this season is at running back and tight end. Until they find a downfield threat, I'd stick with the running attack of Hillis and Montario Hardesty.

  • For the life of me, I can't figure out why McCoy threw that ball that led to a pick six by Tennessee's Jordan Babineaux. I know it was only McCoy's 12th NFL start (he's now 4-8), but he knew better than that to let that ball go anywhere but out of bounds in high school.

  • Browns fans can take comfort in the fact that the New York Jets, aka the Dream Team, is suffering too. The Jets are 0-2 and have suffered double-digit losses with Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold (the ex-OSU Buckeye) sidelined with an ankle injury. Mangold's stock is rising while he stands on the sideline.

  • LeBron James commented on fellow Akron native Beanie Wells' three rushing touchdowns for the Arizona Cardinals in a loss to the New York Giants. "Dam Beanie (ran ol buddy over at the goal line didn't he!)" James said on Twitter.

  • Those who thought the Browns offense was bad might want to watch their DVR replay of Ohio State-Michigan State. Now we know Jim Bollman never called a play during the Jim Tressel era.

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