Is it a crock or a little fishy?
Is it a crock or a little fishy that the Browns coaching staff promoted Chris Crocker to start at free safety over the incumbent Earl Little? I don't think so. The Browns defense definitely needs a spark, and they are looking for Crocker to be the flint. They are hoping that he produces more plays such as the one in Pittsburgh, when he intercepted a Roethlisberger pass and took it to the house.
Little said he has made only 2 mental mistakes this season. I would expect that from a veteran player. That means he has been in the proper coverage. The question is what does he do when he gets there? Does he get there fast enough? Does he bring a physical presence? Does he make a positive play? Those are the other intangibles considered when coaches make personnel changes.
We as fans don't sit in on coach's meetings, therefore we can only speculate on such decisions. My view on the issue is that the Browns were looking to have Little or Robert Griffith play a lesser roll in the defense this year. This was evident when they drafted Sean Jones in the second round. I wouldn't be surprised if Crocker and Jones are the starting safeties next year.
At age 31 Little may have lost a step. In the past he has been labeled as a player who has had a nose for the ball. Thus far through seven games he hasn't made an interception. But you have to love his attitude. I wouldn't want a player on my team that thought they shouldn't be starting. He'll work hard to make the best of the situation and let the chips fall were they may. He's a great team player, and my hat's off to him for that. Who knows, he may come back with fire in his eyes, if Crocker turns out to be a dampened wick.
As a fan, I want Chris Crocker to be the lightning bolt that the defense needs. But as a young player he may make more mental mistakes than the veteran Little. The question is what will the 26 year old do when he gets there?
Browns' website is bye poller
A total of 5,597 fans participated in a bye week poll conducted at the Browns official website. Below is the question and the 4 responses that could be selected. Here are the results along with my thoughts:
What did you enjoy most about Week Eight of the NFL season?
The Browns had a chance to heal and recharge.
To hell with the players they get paid to suffer bruises. It was a good chance for my ulcer and skin splotches to heal. My battery also needed recharged after it was drained from watching Akers kick the winning field goal into the jowls of the Dawg Pound.
Terrell Owens' impersonation of Ray Lewis.
Two weeks ago Browns fans were removing the batteries from their radios to use them as missiles with T.O. being the Target Objective. Oh, how time heals. It is better to hate Ray than never hate at all.
The end of the Patriots' record
streak. 13.8 %
Tt looks like there were 772 Steeler fans or Belichick haters visiting the website that day. I can't imagine a true Browns fan wanting that to happen.
shootout. 6.2 %
These same people love the circus and professional wrestling.
The Giants' upset of the
Vikings. 3.6 %
You folks need a few sessions with Dr. Phil.
My bye week
I spent my bye weekend at the Museum of History and Art. NOT. I plopped my big butt on the couch and watched 3 games at a time. It was a restful time without the butterflies I get on weekends that the Browns play. But, oh how I missed those butterflies. I also had this bad taste in my mouth leftover from the heartbreaking overtime loss to Eagles. I tried to rid the awful flavor from my taste buds by consuming a gluttonous portion of hot wings, kraut dogs and beer. I only succeeded to give myself a severe case of heartburn and enough gas to heat my house for the winter. I guess the only morsel that could cleanse my pallet would be a sweet victory against the Ravens on Sunday.
The weekend highlights:
The bee swarm on the kickers net and painted jack-a-lanterns on the
field in San Diego.
- Craig Krenzel getting a win in his first start in the NFL. Even though it was ugly and against a bad team. He also threw a TD strike on his first passing attempt.