Unbelievable!! I tried to find a silver lining in all this, and I think I came up with one. If Dwayne Rudd was stupid enough to throw his helmet before hearing the refs whistle which would have ended the play and the game, he would have done it sometime or another. At least this way, he got his stupidity out of the way early and cost us the first game of the season, instead of costing us a playoff game. The Browns have plenty of time to recover from this, unlike late in the season.
There are two things Rudd needs to do to help the fans forget this little incident. First, he needs to make a public apology to all Browns fans, and I don't want some wussy statement in the newspaper. I want it to be live on TV where everyone can hear his VERBAL apology and see his face as the apology sincerely blurts out of his mouth. If he has any balls at all, he'll rise to the challenge. Second, he needs to make a game-saving tackle in a critical game later down the road, and afterward, just go back to the bench and modestly accept the praise for a job well done. No dancing, no trash talk, no NOTHING!! Just play the damn game the way you're being paid to play it!! I'm sick of all this goddam hotdogging, and I'm wondering how many more games it's going to cost their respective teams when they do it.
As far as the rib bones go, this is easy. They all go to the offense, especially Kelly, KJ, Quincy, Northcutt, and Andre Davis. Jamel White also did a good job. The O-line did a good job protecting Holcomb, but still couldn't open up decent holes for a running game, against the pathetic Chiefs defense. Priest Holmes had some holes big enough for an earthmover to plow through. W Green is way too tentative. He looks like he's searching for something, then cautiously proceeds through the intersection after the light turns green. Just take the damn ball and explode through the hole. Watch some Emmitt Smith tapes.
Dawson also gets several bones for kicking a few into the endzone and once again being ol' reliable on the field goals. Unfortunately, his cover team gets to go to the vet for letting them return it to the 45 twice in a row. The defense was playing bad enough, without staking the opponent to a 25 yard advantage (figuring that if the cover team is doing their jobs, the opponent should start around the 20 or so).
He also gets to go to the vet for the taunting at the end. We were able to overcome one dumbass blunder, but not two. Dawson's taunting penalty along with Fudd's helmet throw spelled disaster in the end.
I'm sorry I sold off my vet clinic and replaced it with a trailer, because the entire defense needs to go. The rusty needle will be administered by a different fan for each one of the morons on defense, who couldn't stop tree sap yesterday. Anthony Henry was burned badly on their first TD drive. And what the hell kind of tackling was that by Griffith on a few occasions, especially that TD by Gonzalez who made Griffith look like a blithering idiot, or worse yet, Percy Ellsworth. How many tackles did Priest break on his 32 yard TD run around left end? And Courtney Brown. After he got knocked flat on his back, Priest ran around his end for a touchdown. Dammit, when you're the first pick in the whole friggin draft, over a freak like Lavar Arrington, I expect better than that. I've been on the Courtney bandwagon for a long time now, but that bandwagon's getting awfully rickety and slippery. I'm tired of making excuses for him, and I'm tired of hearing about Courtney being held, double teamed, etc etc etc. Don't tell me that Deacon Jones was never held or double teamed. Don't tell me that Mean Joe Greene was never held or double teamed. Don't tell me that Reggie White was never held or double teamed. Don't tell me that Michael Strahan is never held or double teamed. Courtney took the money and the accolades that go with that pick, so he's going to have to start living up to the expectations if he doesn't want to get the BUST id written all over him. And, when you're the first pick in the draft, you will be compared with the likes of R White, Joe Greene, Michael Strahan, and Deacon Jones. So far, Courtney has barely performed to the likes of Turkey Jones. Goddammit Courtney, if you're being held, then get MEAN and kick some ass!! I want to see five sacks next week against the Bungles!!
Offense entertains, defense wins. Just ask the Tribe and the Rams. Sure, it was fun when they won games 9-8 and 10-9. A phenomenal offense will usually get you to the dance, but you will never be the prom king without a defense. The Tribe rode their bats into the world series, only to be beaten by a Braves team with less offense, but a superior pitching staff. In the Marlins world series, our pitching was just a little worse than theirs. If our defense continues to suck, we're looking at 6-10.
In a previous post, which I vented frustration among the forest of other posts, I stated that this game didn't matter that much. This statement is correct if the defense doesn't improve. There is no difference between a 5-11 record and a 6-10 record, except for draft position. However, here is where I went wrong in that post, and I should have explained it better. There is a VAST difference between an 11-5 record and a 10-6 record. A playoff berth could be the difference there. If our defense improves and plays up to the level it should play up to, this could become a factor. I think 11-5 should get us into the playoffs. I penciled in L's for our games at Titans, Pittspuke, TB, NYJ, and at Cincy (because we always seem to split with them). Since we now have an extra L, we're going to have to steal one of those games. We're going to have to find a way to sweep Cincytucky this year, and we have no room for error in our other wins that I predicted. If they fix the defense, and establish at least an average running game, the Browns can do it. If they don't, then they can't do it. It's as simple as that.
Finally, I don't want to hear about QB controversy. Kelly is the backup, plain and simple. He did his job admirably yesterday filling in for Tim. His job isn't to try to take Tim's job, it's to replace Tim when needed. He was outstanding in that role, and nobody can use the classic excuse, "We played our backup quarterback".
We can bitch and moan all we want about curses and bad refs. But what it really gets down to is this: our defense just plained sucked. Hell, if our defense would have been just average, we would have won that game by two touchdowns. And what a waste of rib bones!! All the bones I smoked up in anticipation of feeding em' to the defense will have to be fed to the dawgs now.
Let's start the healing process by annihilating the Bungles next week. Then, we'll take it one game at a time from there. GO BROWNS!! PAPPA OUT!!