If you're listed under once of these choices, rejoice. The others... not so much...
as I am reverting back to my younger days, I can see Clint Eastwood, Lee
VanCleef, and Eli Wallach on the screen, with that whistling music fresh in my
ears. That classic ended on a high note for some, much like it shall for a great
number of players in training camp. For others, there will be no celebration, as
their dream comes to an end with a bang.
further adieu, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Orange and Brown Report style:
Kamerion Wimbley: This second year linebacker has been explosive throughout
training camp and he displayed the same characteristics against the Chiefs
Saturday night. Wimbley showed some powerful moves rushing the quarterback
and also showed he could play the run and drop in coverage. In his second
season, Wimbley could become an All-Pro.
Antwan Peek: The knock on Peek is he cannot play the run consistently and is
a liability in coverage. But, one thing we are certain of, he can certainly
rush the quarterback, which he did very well early in the game. Fans should
note that Peek played the run well against the Chiefs and was not challenged
in the passing game.
Shaun Smith: Sure, the Chiefs offensive effort was similar to what we have
seen from the orange and brown in recent years, but credit the Browns
defense where appropriate. Smith was very strong and quick at defensive end.
He showed some glimpses that he could be a force at the end of the defensive
Kevin Shaffer: He may not be the left tackle any longer, but Shaffer was
very good anchoring down the right tackle position. The pass rush from the
right side of the offensive set was non-existent while Shaffer was in the
game and he made a couple nice kick-out blocks in the running game.
Charlie Frye did not play poorly, but he is noted placed in this category
due to a few plays which could have proven costly for the team. Frye's
running of the football inside the red-zone without any time-outs remaining
with the team behind prior to the half was one of them. Also, Frye made
three poor passes in his first half of action, one resulting in a lateral
return for a touchdown, another resulting in a five–yard loss. The first
pass of the game which could have been easily intercepted.
Jerome Harrison: Harrison did some things well against the Chiefs, but it is what
he didn't do which could cost him
in the long run. On a poorly thrown pass from Frye, Harrison made minimal
effort to cover the ball, which resulted in a touchdown for the Chiefs.
Additionally, Harrison fumbled the football after a nice run in the
second-half, which was recovered by Travis Wilson.
receiver Josh Cribbs is an explosive talent in the return game and on
specialty plays, but he drops far too many passes to be a threat in the
Rookie defensive end Chase Pittman was man-handled throughout his playing
time in the second half.
Derek Anderson's overall performance was mediocre at best. If not for a couple
series in the second half, things would have been worse. Misfiring on many
of his attempts, Anderson had a prime opportunity to excel and win the
starting quarterback spot with this team but has not stepped up. After his
performance, he is clearly looking up in the competition and could
eventually be the odd man out.
- Joe Thomas played well overall, but a couple holding penalties are cause for
concern. Also, keep an eye on the bull-rushing, strong type defensive ends
Thomas faces, as he was getting pushed back more often than most would like
Browns offense looked a little better than expected, the interior of the
offensive line did not provide much of a push in the running game. This is
an area to focus on in the upcoming preseason games. The offensive line was,
however, very strong protecting the quarterbacks, except for the matador
move by Rob Smith on the Ken Dorsey safety.
Browns red-zone offense fits into the ugly category. This team has issues
getting the ball in the end-zone. Some of it comes from the inability to
move the ball on the ground effectively and the play at the quarterback
position must improve.