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PASS OFFENSE: F -- The Browns don't have a pass offense with Ken Dorsey at quarterback. His arm is too limited, and though he tries his best, he simply cannot succeed against good defenses. Braylon Edwards had a 100-yard receiving game and he played well, but it did not change the entire feel for the passing game. It simply was not good enough.

RUSH OFFENSE: F -- Jamal Lewis followed a seven-carry, 7-yard day with a 14-carry, 32-yard day. Enough said. However, it bears noting that with the passing game so ineffective, teams are loading the box with what seems like 22 defenders, meaning the Browns offense has virtually no hope to run or pass.

RUSH DEFENSE: D -- The only good thing was the Browns lowered their per game rushing average. That's because they were giving up 145 yards going into the game and the Eagles "only" ran for 136. One of the great mysteries of this brutal Browns season is how the team can add a Pro Bowl nose tackle and still struggle mightily against the run. The Browns have not stopped the run all season.

PASS DEFENSE: F -- Donovan McNabb's night against the Browns defense was effortless. McNabb threw for 290 yards and two touchdowns. He rarely was pressured, and his receivers rarely were challenged. A passing game should not look like a seven-on-seven drill, but that's what the Eagles passing game looked like against the Browns' pathetic defense.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- Not much to say. Return man Josh Cribbs seemed slowed by his back problems. Phil Dawson made a field goal, and Dave Zastudil punted well, but the kickoff coverage was spotty. Special teams usually don't play a large role in a one-sided game, and that was the case Monday night.

COACHING: D -- Do you fault a coaching staff if it lacks the players? Yes, because all are responsible for this poor Browns season. Front office, coaches, players, everyone. The Browns staff has the look and feel of one that knows it will lose its job after the season. The coaches work, they try, but they have come up with nothing to end a four-game drought without an offensive touchdown. Perhaps the Bengals will be the magic elixir on Sunday.


The Browns have lost their top two tight ends this season to injury.

With Kellen Winslow already sidelined, the Browns had turned to Steve Heiden. But in Monday night's loss to Philadelphia, Heiden tore the ACL in his right knee. He will miss the rest of the season.

The injuries are significant because with Ken Dorsey at quarterback, the Browns need all the help they can get in the short passing game.

Dorsey lacks the arm strength to get the ball down the field, which increases the importance of reliable tight ends.

"It's kind of tough, at the tight end spot particularly, when your ones and twos are not playing for you, just like at the quarterback spot your ones and twos are not playing for you," coach Romeo Crennel said. "You have to deal with it the best you can.

The injuries might give rookie Martin Rucker a chance. Rucker was a highly touted draft choice but has seen little playing time.

Darnell Dinkins will start, but his main value is on special teams.

If Rucker shows he can learn the offense, he may see significant action.


--QB Ken Dorsey again struggled against a strong blitzing defense. Dorsey had enough wherewithal to get Braylon Edwards a 100-yard passing game, but he finished with just 11 completions on 28 attempts.

The Browns offense is so limited with Dorsey playing it's almost a handicap. He simply does not have the arm strength to get the ball downfield consistently, so defenses will compress the field to take away the running game and short passing game.

Against a good defense like Philadelphia's, the challenge is simply too great.

--Edwards chose an unusual time to say he felt unappreciated by Browns fans. Edwards played his best game in a long time, with five catches for 102 yards.

Yet after the game, Edwards said he's never been appreciated in Cleveland because he's a Michigan guy playing in Ohio. It was one more sign of a team unraveling.

"When we talk to people after the games, particularly these games we've had this year and you're losing and guys are frustrated, sometimes those frustrations come out," Crennel said. "We've seen it all throughout the league, not only on this team.

"If guys have an opportunity to sit down and think and cool off, maybe they wouldn't say some of the things that they say."

--CB Brandon McDonald had one of those games only a corner can have. McDonald intercepted two passes, scored a touchdown on one return and just missed a touchdown on another.

Yet McDonald also was victimized over and over by the Eagles passing game, and he appeared to slow up returning an interception out of the end zone. That deceleration seemed to cost him another touchdown.

"He didn't stop," Crennel said. "He was running and then he saw that a guy had an angle on him. So he slowed down to try to juke the guy."


--KR Josh Cribbs will miss practice time during the week due to a lower back problem. Cribbs fought through the same issue to play against Philadelphia.

--ILB Beau Bell will need more surgery to clean out his knee. Bell has been practicing through tendinitis, but the swelling got to the point that the rookie couldn't continue without another procedure.

--NT Shaun Rogers played well despite having to leave the game in the second quarter with a shoulder stinger. Rogers, a Pro Bowler, has been playing through the shoulder problem almost the entire season.

--QB Bruce Gradkowski does not figure to get a lot of playing time against the Bengals. Crennel said Gradkowski could play if needed but does not have a strong enough grasp of the offense to play a lot.

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