Hanford: Browns Need to Get Old-School

The great Browns defensive back looks at the reasons behind the Browns loss on Sunday. While things have changed in the NFL, some things remain the same, and it's time for the Browns to get back to some of those...

First of all, congratulations to the Cleveland Indians for clinching the American League Central title and going to the playoffs for the first time in six years. Well deserved and I'm looking forward to baseball in October. 

Now let's get on a sadder note. Let's go to our Cleveland Browns

Just a devastating loss Sunday in Oakland. For whatever reason, I thought the guys came out flat and weren't ready to play this ballgame. How could you take a team like the Oakland Raiders lightly? I think that's what they did. 

Defensively, we were just horrible. We're still searching trying to stop the run. To give up 105 points in three games, it's a wonder we have one win. Defensively, we have to find a way to stop the run. 

There was a rumor that Lamont Jordan of the Raiders was possibly beat up and not going to play in this game and we wish he wouldn't have because he ran for more than 100 yards and nobody was there to tackle him. 

I think we need to go back to old-school football. I keep telling you guys that when I played, we practiced tackling. We went out and hit pretty much every day. We wrapped up with our arms. I just think they don't practice hard enough with the tackling drills because they're afraid of getting somebody hurt. 

The guys have to make up their minds that they're not going to let people run on them. It all starts up front. Most people know the game of football is controlled on the offensive and defensive line of scrimmage and we're not controlling it on the defensive line especially. 

We just don't have it. We've got the big guys up front who are supposedly able to stop the run. They're supposed to keep the linebackers free so those guys can roam and make plays.   

We talk about Todd Grantham possibly being the next head coach if Romeo Crennel was to leave this team, but I can't see it. Come on. First of all, he's got to concentrate on that defense and find a way to stop somebody and that just hasn't been happening this season. 

Offensively, too many penalties. Still, I have to give Derek Anderson some credit. Sure, he missed some receivers, he missed some throws. But when he had to do it, he did it. In that last drive, he started on his 9-yard line and made some nice throws down the field and gave us a chance to win. He got a hot hand when he needed one. 

And what can you say about Kellen Winslow Jr. You're talking about a kid who is going out and laying it on the line, making some tough catches and being a dependable guy each and every week.  

Sure, we made some mistakes on offense, but I don't have any gripes with them. They put some points on the board and gave us a chance to win the game. The problem is the defense. 

Believe it or not, I wasn't too surprised we had a good chance to win at the end because this was a game I thought we could win, a game I thought we were going to win. I'm more surprised we lost because this was a team we could beat and be 2-1 when we play those Baltimore Ravens this Sunday. 

It's going to be tough. Again, it's another division team and those are the games you have to win. We split the first two with Pittsburgh and Cincinnati and this one is not going to be easy. The Ravens understand the importance of this game. Hopefully, our guys will understand it as well. 

We all know Romeo has not done well in division games. But I'm not ready to give up on him. I think people have given him pretty much a bad rap. I think the players have to take some of the blame. They are professionals. I know when I played, I didn't need a coach to get me ready. I knew what my job was and I knew I had to come out and do it. 

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