Browns To Get Vertical?

After an initial taste of success, the play book is going to get opened wider for new Cleveland Browns QB Brady Quinn...

Brady Quinn was given a very limited package of plays in his first start, and most of them called for him to throw short passes.

Seventeen of Quinn's completions went to tight ends and backs, and the only time he really looked downfield was when he escaped the rush and threw on the run.

This might not please Braylon Edwards, but it was successful. Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski did not want Quinn to try to do too much, and he used a very conservative game plan.

This is typical of Romeo Crennel. He does not ask a lot of young players, but expands their roles when they prove they can handle things.

Quinn had a high completion rate, and looked comfortable running the offense. He's always been a quarterback who threw short.

He now has to prove he can throw down the field as well. If he doesn't, teams will squeeze the field on him and make those short throws that much more difficult.


--QB Brady Quinn should find a much more challenging situation at the Monday night game in Buffalo. The Bills defense is much better than Denver's porous group, so Quinn will have a harder time running the offense.

--RB Jamal Lewis is much admired by the team, but he's still averaging just 3.6 yards per carry. Lewis' blocking has not been what it was a year ago, and his production has suffered as a result.

--TE Kellen Winslow may be the kind of player who is a magnet for struggle. Winslow had an outstanding first three quarters against Denver, but then made three critical mistakes that stopped drives in the fourth. He was almost single-handedly responsible for the loss. His catches, though, figure to stay high with Brady Quinn at quarterback.

--WR Braylon Edwards may suffer most from the change of quarterbacks. Derek Anderson liked to force the ball downfield. That helped Edwards set team records for receivers a year ago. Brady Quinn is a short thrower. It will be interesting to see how Edwards reacts to the change in style.

--WR Donte Stallworth has had a lost season, with 11 catches and one touchdown in nine games. That's not much bang for the buck for the Browns; Stallworth was guaranteed $10 million when he signed with the Browns as a free agent.

--CB Brandon McDonald has been exposed the past two games by Baltimore and Denver. McDonald's confidence has waned as the Ravens and Broncos threw at him again and again. McDonald is not a lost cause, but he needs to start playing like a pro if he is to succeed.

--NT Shaun Rogers played through a shoulder stinger against Denver and should be ready to face Buffalo. Rogers has been effective, but struggled playing his second game in five days. Extra rest should help him for Monday night.

--LB Kamerion Wimbley got just his second sack of the season against Denver, far too few for a player drafted to be an impact pass rusher. Wimbley symbolizes the Browns, who are simply not playing well enough to win.

--OG Eric Steinbach missed the Denver game with an oblique muscle tear and probably will be listed as questionable for Buffalo. Steinbach's absence is noticed as the Browns simply do not play as well without him as they do with him.

--RB Jerome Harrison again provided the offense a spark in limited playing time. Harrison gives needed quickness when he plays, and his change-of-pace ability would seem to warrant more playing time.

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