Dale Galbraith offers his first random thoughts in 2005
Madden's thoughts on interim coaches
During the Monday Night Football telecast between the
Dolphins and Patriots John Madden made mention that it would be better for
Miami's interim coach Jim Bates to move on if he is not named head coach. Now
that Nick Saban was hired to coach the Dolphins there has been talk of Bates
possibly staying as defensive coordinator. Bates and Saban are friends and
the defense has performed well and the players like him. Madden wasn't
referring just to Bates' situation. He was speaking about all interim coaches.
Terry Robiskie has stated that he loves Cleveland and
wants very much to be the Browns head coach next year. Robiskie is a breath of
fresh air compared to Butch Davis. He is respected and liked by most in the
organization and media. After talking with the players Randy Lerner promoted
him to be the interim coach over Dave Campo. The players say they will go
through a brick wall for him. But let's face the facts. The Browns are 0-4
with Robiskie at the helm. They have been outscored 110-29 in those games. His
offense in the first eleven games resembled a train wreck more than it did a
well-oiled machine. The only positive results he has on his resume as a
Browns' coach is, his receivers were the strength of Bruce Arians' offense.
The chance of him being the coach of the Browns next year is between slim and
Will the new coach of the Browns try to retain Robiskie
as part of his staff? I doubt it. Head coaches want to feel comfortable with
their coaching staff. They hire coordinators and position coaches with whom
they are familiar with. I can't see the new head coach being comfortable with
Maybe Madden is right. It might be best for Terry
Robiskie to move on.
Offensive line woes
The Browns will have a new offensive line coach next
year. It will be interesting to see how many of the current offensive linemen
make the 53 man roster. My guess is that some of the Browns' under achievers
on the o-line may perform at a higher level under a new position coach.
Current line coach Larry Zierlein has not gotten the job done. Veteran players
Ross Verba and Ryan Tucker have played well but the younger players have
struggled. Verba and Tucker learned their blocking techniques before joining
the Browns. It is evident that Zierlein was not able to coach up the
Dawson getting off easy
Phil Dawson had kicked 27 consecutive field goals going
into the game with the New York Jets at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Week 11 of
the NFL schedule. On that day Dawson missed on both of his attempts. His
missed a 42-yarder and a 34-yarder. Both kicks went wide right. The Browns
He made both of his attempts against the Bengals the
following week. So, it was thought that his misses against the Jets were
flukes. Then he goes 0 for 1 in each of the next three games. Each kick went
wide right. True the weather was a factor for the misses against the Buffalo
and San Diego. Do the Browns really want a kicker who can't kick in bad
weather? I can't remember too many mild winters in Cleveland.
His last miss was a 43-yard attempt against the Dolphins.
There was no hurricane. There wasn't a torrential down pour. It was a
beautiful night in Miami. His kick made an embarrassing thump when it hit the
right upright. The Browns lost by 3.
If the Browns were in the playoff hunt the fans and media
would want Dawson's head on a silver platter. Fortunately for him the missed
kicks have gone unnoticed in this season from hell.
New Year Resolutions
Here are my New Year Resolutions for 2005:
I promise to lower my beer consumption on Game Day to
I vow to gain at least five pounds by sitting on my butte
I will gain another five pounds by eating all the foods that my
doctor tells me to avoid.
I will use a black marker to change my T-shirt to read Buck
Baltimore. I'm tired of having to turn it inside out before entering
Cleveland Browns Stadium when the Browns play the Ravens.
I will no longer give the Dawg Pound Welcome to fans of the opposing
team. But I will point out these fans so that my comrades can welcome them
to our home.
I will donate $25 to the Cleveland Brown Foundation for each Playoff
Game won by the Browns next season.
I will pee on Art Modell if he catches fire.
If the Browns don't trade down in next year's NFL Draft,
I don't expect them to take a left tackle with their first pick. My guess is
that a tackle won't be selected until the15th pick or later. I wouldn't mind
the Browns trading down for multiple picks. They already have too many under
achieving high draft picks.
I sat down with my bowl of chips and beer planning to
scout Virginia's left tackle D'Brikashaw Ferguson in the MPC Computers Bowl.
To my surprise the best left tackle on the field was Fresno State's Logan Mankins. He is not listed as a blue chip talent on any of the draft boards.
But from his performance against Virginia I think he has a promising career at
the next level.
Free agent guards
The Browns will be shopping for guards in free agency.
Here is a list of starting guards who will be possible free agents.
*RFA - A Restricted Free Agent is a player who
has completed three accrued seasons and has an expired contract. He is free to
negotiate with any team. If another team signs him to a contract, his original
team has the chance to match the offer. If the original team does not match the
offer, they may be given draft pick compensation.
**UFA - An Unrestricted Free Agent is a player who has
completed four accrued seasons and has an expired contract. He is free to
negotiate with any team with no strings attached.