Lane's Right To The Point

You want the truth, you want it straight. No ranting, no softballs. Just right to the point.

- There was nothing pleasant in watching the Browns' latest loss, this time to the Tennessee Titans, 28-9, on Sunday. The offensively-challenged Browns offered very little resistance against an aggressive and physical Titans team that plays every play as if it were their last, The game was telling and troubling sign of what has happened to these Cleveland Browns.

- With their third starting quarterback this season in action, the Browns' offense was as poor in execution as I have viewed in this season of duress. While I understand scaling back the offense due to playing a new QB or an inexperienced QB, this Browns coaching staff decided to continuously play pitch and catch in the short game and completely ignored the running game. Granted, the Titans are physical, but just what was the thought process in the coaching booth on game-day? Offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski must be feeling the pressure as this was one of the worst-called games of his young career as a coordinator.

- Chudzinski may be outgunned due to the lack of overall talent at the QB position, an offensive line that has regressed tremendously and a lack of speed, strength, consistency and desire from the wide receivers; but, the Browns offense has shown little imagination in recent weeks and appeared to veer off course drastically since the benching of QB Derek Anderson. Since the benching, the offense has been relegated to a dink and dunk style of play, and the limited success of the WRs throughout the season has only been magnified. Interestingly, this is far from the style and scheme Chudzinski spoke of heading into the season opener.

- This game was a great example as to how the game should be played. The Titans' defense attacked the Browns' offense; they not only physically beat on the Browns, they won the game mentally as well. Far too often, the Tennessee defensive backs would chuck a Browns receiver in the pass pattern and knock them off the route. Another sign of this team in the verge of mailing it in is was the lack of urgency and effort given on every play by players who believe they are of All-Pro caliber.

- Little positive came from this game in Tennessee for the Browns. Again the team was out-played, out-coached and physically beaten on both sides of the ball. A growing concern has to be the manner in which LT Joe Thomas has suddenly become regular in recent weeks. Coming off an excellent rookie campaign in 2007, Thomas has been exposed in recent weeks by quick and strong pass rushers.

- In keeping with the offensive line theme, the Browns regime -- whomever will be calling the shots -- must address the right side of the line. Week-in and week-out, the side manned by RT Kevin Shaffer and RG Rex Hadnot have not fared well.

- It drives me nuts to watch WR Syndric Steptoe, all 5'9" of him, trying to seal off the edge of the formation with blocks. We know Joe Jurevicius was outstanding in sealing off the edge, but Steptoe is not nearly the physical presence of Jurevicius; just wanted to point that out, in the event we may be on to something here.

- You're down 21-9, then 28-9, on the road, in a game which is already decided for all intents and purposes. Why would you not get some playing time for the youth littering this roster? I don't have any reasonable thoughts as to why this coaching staff fails to adapt and change. Seriously, what does playing Darnell Dinkins, Andra Davis and Jamal Lewis do for you at that stage of the game - this stage of their careers - and the future development of the roster?

- I don't know what was worse, a wounded duck off the arm of QB Ken Dorsey or the lame duck waddling on the sideline for the Browns in Romeo Crennel. For some strange reason, Crennel has taken the season hard personally, but he does appear to be past the point of knowing he is done following the season. I get the sense he is truly doing things "his way" right now, which could prove to be a smack right upside the dome of his general manager, Phil Savage.


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