Behind Enemy Lines: Part I

Our experts, John Crist of Bear Report and Lane Adkins of The OBR, take the trip Behind Enemy Lines for an analysis of Sunday's matchup between the Browns and Bears in Chicago.

John Crist: Both Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn have apparently been dangled as trade bait in the past, meaning the Browns aren't overly confident in one quarterback they rewarded with a three-year contract extension and another they drafted in the first round. Is either one of them the answer?

Lane Adkins: It does not appear either Anderson or Quinn is going to be the answer at QB for the Browns in the future.

Anderson's erratic play and contract factor into the equation, while Quinn has been removed from consideration due to circumstances related to his benching in Week 3 of the season.

JC: With Jamal Lewis running on fumes and Jerome Harrison far from a special player, we were told to keep an eye on rookie James Davis in 2009. However, he's done for the year after a shoulder injury that came under very suspicious circumstances. What exactly happened to him?

RB James Davis
Getty Images: Matt Sullivan

LA: Davis suffered a shoulder injury in the season-opening loss to the Vikings. In a subsequent practice session, Davis was hit, reportedly by backup linebacker and special-teams ace Blake Costanzo, during a practice session in which full-go contact was not the directive.

The league has investigated the situation that surrounded the injury issue and noted the Browns were not negligent, despite reports coming from the national media.

JC: Although he had been nothing but a major disappointment ever since an incredible 2007 campaign, I'm still surprised the Browns traded Braylon Edwards to the Jets and got so little for him. Eric Mangini has made many moves for not much return. Why is he getting 50 cents on the dollar?

LA: The compensation received in the Edwards deal to the Jets is arguable. The Browns received a third-round selection, which could be elevated to a second-round selection based on performance (50-55 catches), along with a fifth-round selection, WR Chansi Stuckey and LB Jason Trusnik.

Edwards had his fair share of personal issues during his time in Cleveland and was often viewed as temperamental and lacking focus. Outside of his solid 2007 season, Edwards has been hampered with consistency issues.

JC: It's hard to look at Cleveland and find a bright spot anywhere, but return man extraordinaire Josh Cribbs continues to be special. As opposed to what Chicago did with Devin Hester, Cribbs still plays just a small role on offense even though he wants to do more. How is he taking it?

WR Josh Cribbs
Getty Images: Rick Stewart

LA: Cribbs would like the opportunity to be a key player, either on the offensive or defensive side of the football. Seeing extensive time in training camp at wide receiver, Cribbs has not developed at the position within a Browns offense that is as poor as any in the game today. This lack of offensive potential by the unit as a whole only stagnates the potential of Cribbs. Other options for Cribbs have come in the way of the "Wildcat" scheme, but the lack of creativity and confidence coming from the offensive coaching staff limits the opportunities.

With three years remaining on a six-year deal Cribbs inked in 2007, the explosive special-teams player has expressed his desire to have his contract extended, which the Browns have not been receptive to at this time.

JC: The defense has been a train wreck: dead last in total yards allowed, 31st against the run, 24th against the pass and 27th in points allowed. The Browns switched to the 3-4 back when Romeo Crennel got the job, but their personnel is still lacking. Is there a star or two on the horizon?

LA: The defense of the Browns is a unit filled with average-type talent. Nose tackle Shaun Rogers, arguably one of the premier interior defensive linemen in the game, is the best player lining up on the defensive side of the ball.

Outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley has shown signs of being able to create pressure coming off the edge of the defense in coordinator Rob Ryan's scheme, but Wimbley lacks the consistency at this point to be recognized as a top-tier talent despite the flashes.

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