What We've Been Told

Was Brandon Weeden that bad? What hampered Trent Richardson on Sunday? What about the young LB's and what could transpire with the offense.......all right here, from what we've been told.

* The OBR has learned the Browns do not plan on scaling back the offense, but rather looking to enhance the things rookie QB Brandon Weeden and the surrounding cast do best. In other words, the plan is to try and kick-start the offense which lacked execution in the season opener against the Eagles.

* The Browns coaching staff wasn't as disappointed in Weeden's overall performance as they were the missed opportunities he left on the field. There is an element of surprise within the staff due to Weeden's inaccuracy against the Eagles and failure to find open receivers at various points in the game.

* QB coach mark Whipple and offensive coordinator Brad Childress are working with Weeden to improve his pocket awareness, especially focusing on the sliding in the pocket to gain the necessary space to throw the ball with the proper technique. On film, the staff sees Weeden often throws awkwardly due to the lack of room to follow through due to defenders closing in on him. Sliding back and forth in the pocket should greatly improve Weeden's ability to get the ball out accurately.

* Early discussion this week has led to the Browns placing an emphasis on getting the ball out of the hands of Weeden quickly and utilizing the size and strength advantage the team has in Josh Gordon and Little. The Browns staff is of the belief the offense will show better against a Cincinnati Bengals team which doesn't possess the quickness the Eagles do.

* Second-year WR Greg Little isn't in the dog-house, but the head coach was none too pleased with his performance in the season opener. Little has been challenged to take the next step in the progression of a young receiver.

* Little has spent time recently working with Weeden, as well as hauling in bullets off the JUGS machine.

* TheOBR has learned the Browns coaching staff likes the offensive matchups they will have against the Bengals in the passing game. While the Bengals sport the names of Clements and Newman in the secondary, neither player is what he once was. Leon Hall is the real deal at CB, while Taylor Mays and Reggie Nelson are susceptible against the pass. The Browns have an edge in speed and quickness in the receiving game.

* In reviewing the tape, the Browns staff believes the offensive line struggled with its execution, mainly the aspects of missing blocks or being too quick to disengage at the point of attack. On no less than 8 rushing attempts, a missed or early release led to a defensive lineman or linebacker meeting rookie RB Trent Richardson in the backfield or hole.

* While Richardson had a day to forget this past Sunday, the RB came back from the game in excellent condition. The statistics don't tell an important tale, as Richardson feels much better now than he did prior to the season opener. The initial workload helped get the rookie into game shape.

* A key element in Richardson's opening day struggles weren't solely due to the Eagles defensive scheme. Richardson missing the vast majority of camp and preseason games did not get a true feel for the speed of the defenses in the NFL, as well as not getting sufficient reps with the offense to gain a true feel for the tendencies of the offensive linemen.

* Richardson will start in Cincinnati with RB Brandon Jackson being the number-two back.

* RB Chris Ogbonnaya is received from an ankle sprain and can play Sunday. With Ogbonnaya being healthy for play, there has been some subtle discussion about whether the team will keep four RB's on the roster, with what we have been told being RB Montario Hardesty isn't on solid ground.

* Tight-ends Ben Watson and Jordan Cameron are expected to be in better physical condition for the battle against the Bengals in Cincinnati. Both Watson (thigh) and Cameron (groin) were less than 100% with various ailments.

* Starting left tackle Joe Thomas is battling soreness in his knee. According to what we have been told, the soreness is nothing to be concerned with and Thomas should be fine.

* Backup lineman John Greco is progressing following a severe calf strain. Greco will be limited in practice participation, but could be ready to take meaningful snaps on Sunday, if needed.

* Veteran Scott Fujita will practice with the team this week and will play Sunday in Cincinnati. But, theOBR has learned the coaching staff doesn't intend on letting linebackers L.J. Fort and Craig Robertson sit idly by. Early indications are the young linebackers will see some sort of action.

* Rookie OLB James-Michael Johnson is very doubtful for the Bengals. Johnson's oblique is a slow injury to heal and the rookie could be sidelined for another week or so.

* With Joe Haden being cast off for his violation of the league drug policy, the Browns will start CB Dimitri Patterson in his place. Patterson will move to the slot in those obvious situations, with CB Buster Skrine replacing Patterson at CB, opposite veteran CB Sheldon Brown.

* Brown is showing no ill-effects of a neck stinger he suffered in the season opener and is expected to be a full participant in practice sessions the remainder of the week.

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