Right to the Point

Lane Adkins analyzes the Browns-Jaguars game and, as usual, gets right to the point. Steady, consistent, honest, and truthful... you may not be able to get as many of those qualities as you want when you vote next week, but you can at least get 'em here...

- Coming away with a victory in Jacksonville could provide a huge lift for this team heading forward. Against the Jaguars, the Browns were on the short end of every statistical category - except two of the most important: turnovers and penalties.

- If not for a very strong defensive game plan, the Browns could have been literally run out of the stadium in Jacksonville. Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker's scheme for the game against the Jaguars was solid and inspiring. The Browns committed to stopping the run and were very successful and efficient in the overall scope of the game. Sure, the pass defense gave up the most passing yards since the season opener, but the plan was to force Jaguars QB David Garrard to beat them through the air.

- Via the air, Garrard and the Jaguars had their most successful passing day so far, in terms of getting the ball in the end zone. CB's Brandon McDonald and Eric Wright were challenged throughout the contest. The height of the Jacksonville receivers provided some advantages for the Jaguars passing game.

- As Tucker settles in and finds a comfort level with his talent on the defensive side of the ball, we will see more aggressiveness. Sunday against the Jaguars, the Browns consistently walked a safety into the box and blitzed the run or pass. Safeties Sean Jones and Brodney Pool are being utilized in a manner which uses their athletic abilities to strengthen the scheme. Both Jones and Pool are showing to be more than just contributors in coverage, as the Browns coaching staff ramps up its efforts to slow the opposition running game.

- Say what you want about the Cleveland defense, but the play of NT Shaun Rogers and ILB D'Qwell Jackson warrant a huge thumbs-up. Against a Jaguars offensive line which has battled injury issues this season, Rogers was a beast in the trenches. He is a game changing-type lineman and is proving his worth week-in and week-out. Jackson, on the other hand, is often overlooked and not acknowledged for his improving, consistent play. When the defensive linemen can keep the offensive linemen, FB's and TE's from getting to the second-line of defense, Jackson has been solid and his ability to play sideline to sideline becomes obvious.

- Though the defense did bend on Sunday in Jacksonville, the effort of the front seven was critical in coming way with the victory. The pass rush remains inconsistent, but this unit is improving each game. Against Jacksonville, the front seven kept getting enough pressure and hits on Garrard to make him a little uncomfortable. That proved to be enough as Garrard is an accurate and dangerous QB.

- Again on Sunday, the offense of the Cleveland Browns goes as QB Derek Anderson performs. Anderson was far from splendid, as some suggest, but the signal caller was efficient and made solid throws when the offense needed him most. Over the past few weeks, Anderson has continued to oscillate between dazzling and disappointing. The inconsistency of the Browns offense as a unit is an issue but, as the team's execution improves, the onus could begin to squarely fall on the shoulders of Anderson.

- C Hank Fraley and OG Eric Steinbach were factors in this game and should not go unnoticed. Lining up against DT John Henderson for much of the afternoon, these two offensive linemen stonewalled this talented run-stopping, pass-rushing player.

- The inability of the Cleveland offense to punch the ball in from the one-yard line on Sunday was again disturbing. On more than a few occasions in this 2008 season, the Browns have not been able to generate push at the point of attack. This Browns offensive line is much more technical and focused on finesse rather than mauling, which tends to leave little room for error with the tight formations of a goal line defense.

- TE Steve Heiden was effective once again in the absence of starter Kellen Winslow. Heiden is solid in blocking at the point of attack and runs very disciplined routes, which has been beneficial for this Cleveland offense in recent weeks.

- WR Donte Stallworth may not be hauling in a fair share of receptions, but his presence on the field his felt. The threat of speed and quickness the WR provides helps open-up the field for the Browns offense. On numerous occasions Sunday against the Jaguars, the Jacksonville defense provided top-help on the WR, opening up the intermediate routes. As this offense gains consistency, Stallworth could be more than a threat as the season progresses.

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