Lane's Skinny Tidbits

Lane Adkins has been working his sources like mad this week, and here's a number of items Browns fans need to know: Who made the call to start DA? How bad is Shaun Rogers injury? Is Alex Hall due for more reps? Find out.

- There was a gasp when starting NT Shaun Rogers' name was listed on the injury report after not practicing Wednesday due to a shoulder issue. Though the productive defensive lineman will take it a little easy in practice this week, all indications are Rogers will be ready for the Browns battle Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

- Speaking of those Bengals, there is a belief within the Browns staff they will be effective along the defensive line against this intrastate rival. Whether the gameplan includes a couple of situational speciality sets or a modest change in base scheme, the belief is Bengals starting QB Carson Palmer will be pressured.

- Rookie OLB Alex Hall graded reasonably well for an inexperienced player when pressed into significant playing time against the Baltimore Ravens a week ago. Though Shantee Orr (mild concussion) is expected to be able to go on Sunday and starter Willie McGinest (hamstring) has not been ruled out, Hall is expected to see plenty of reps against the Bengals. What caught the eye of the Cleveland staff was Hall's ability to make or get in on plays; even when caught out of position, he quickly recovered.

- Derek Anderson holding onto the starting QB job for another week should have come as no surprise. Head coach Romeo Crennel has maintained for a long time Anderson is his guy and the veteran coach doesn't waiver from his beliefs or loyalties easily. The pressure is on Crennel as well as Anderson to turn around what has been a surprisingly poor Cleveland offense.

- Regarding the naming of Anderson as the starter despite the woes of the offense: we have been told this decision was one made by the head coach despite others within the organization thinking a change may be a positive short-term move for both the team and the struggling Anderson.

- The Cleveland defense has been criticized in some circles due to their inability to stop a rather inexperienced Baltimore offense a week ago. Granted, the Ravens did wear down the Browns defense, but something needs to be expressed about the inability of the Cleveland offense to gain time of possession. Through three games, the Browns defensive front has shown a tendency to wear down and the inability of the Cleveland offense to generate positive time-consuming drives should be noted as one reason for this issue.

- Though visibly frustrated at times early in this season, TE Kellen Winslow has been vocal but not disturbing facet of the team. Winslow's competitiveness should never be questioned, but it does tell a tale when the receiver is upset about not getting the ball in a position to make plays.

- Despite holding a slim lead early in the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski went to the pass consistently. The results were two quick Anderson interceptions and a swing of momentum toward the Ravens. The theory was the Browns offense was just missing on opportunities, as well as attempting to get a flow working with the QB. While the running game was effective statistically - YPC - the belief was the Ravens were turning up the intensity and centered around stuffing the run, thus leading to a couple of poor reads by the QB.



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