What We've Been Told

Lane just keeps bringing it. Just when you think he's done bringing it, he brings some more. The "it", of course, is the inside info about recent front office machinations, and how certain players are doing in practice. You can't get this anywhere else...

- The general manager of the Cleveland Browns, Phil Savage, did not go rogue in his discussion or lack of discussion regarding the suspension and furthering issues of TE Kellen Winslow. Savage believes his actions were just in suspending the player, though he may have some regret the way the situation was handled by all of the involved members of the organization.

- When Savage made comments as to "full disclosure" regarding the Winslow incident, he meant what he stated. If the player wanted to vent his feelings on the issue, the feeling was he should tell the entire tale rather than just the end game, which was construed as his illness being due to something the organization had or hadn't done.

- Earlier in the week we noted some thoughts of the owner of the team which made their way to this column. To add, Randy Lerner is not on the cusp of firing the head coach or GM, but rather expects to see continued improvement and play on the field, which is what the GM and head coach anticipated entering the season.

- The Browns offensive coaching staff believes the Baltimore Ravens are going to come out and attack the line of scrimmage immediately, much like they did against the Browns earlier in the season and against the Indianapolis Colts as well. The Browns staff spent significant time watching film from the Colts whitewashing of the Ravens; anticipate numerous set routes early to get the ball out of Derek Anderson's hands quickly.

- The quarterback has had a solid week of practice and appears confident that he and his mates on the offensive side of the ball will be productive and efficient against the Ravens on Sunday.

- Anderson and the WR's continue to put additional time in to improve the timing and communication issues which has hampered the execution and success of the offensive unit.

- Backup QB Brady Quinn is taking advantage of the limited number of reps he gets with the first team offense as well as the scout team. Quinn has been sharp, decisive and unflappable in the face of the Browns spirited defense this week.

- With starting RB Jamal Lewis resting, RB Jerome Harrison has received extra reps with the offense and has been solid. As the season has progressed, Harrison has garnered additional opportunities with the first team offense and has handled himself accordingly.

- Veteran offensive lineman Rex Hadnot has stepped in and provided some stable play in place of Ryan Tucker, but Hadnot is not as proficient and versatile as Tucker. The Browns offensive line misses the leadership and dependability the veteran possesses.

- Contrary to popular belief, the head coach of the Browns is not against utilizing his defense in a 4-3 scheme. The defensive scheme has numerous 4-3 looks integrated, but due to injuries and depth concerns, the 4-3 has only been an option in situational play and not further.

- Nose tackle Shaun Rogers has made an impact this season with the Browns. Rogers is playing at level better than in his pro-bowl seasons as a member of the Detroit Lions. Coming to Cleveland, Rogers was viewed as an underachiever with the Lions in recent years and needed a change. The 3-4 defensive scheme which Rogers plays the nose has been a pleasant and quick change for the lineman, who feels he can be explosive and retain some energy in this player/team-friendly type scheme.

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