Taylor's Pregame 12-Pack

Let's all sing the Doom Song now! "Doom doom doom... doomie doomie doom doom". Or not. JT and his all-female Browns Football Advisory Panel offer their thoughts heading into Game yes-it's-just-3 of the season.

Thoughts, notes, questions, suggestions and random snottiness as the Cleveland Browns head to the chopping block prepare to face the Baltimore Ravens.

  • So, you're 0-2 and struggling mightily on offense.  What are you gonna do next?  Head to Baltimore for a game against one of the top defenses in the NFL.  And, just to rub it in a little bit, one of the top offenses in the early going is waiting for your arrival to boot.  Yep, just what the doctor ordered.  If that doctor's name rhymed with "Schmevorkian". 

  • Take the training wheels off, Eric Mangini and Brian Daboll.  Jamal Lewis is out, and the Rats are vulnerable through the air.  Show some confidence in Brady Quinn and put something in the game plan that will allow him to get the ball down the field. No-huddle that aging defense to death.

  • Unless, of course, you have no confidence in his ability to get the ball down the field, at which point it's time to make a change at the position.

  • Then again, when the right side of your offensive line closely resembles a colander, and you have nothing at the wide receiver position past Braylon Edwards, it makes it difficult to do much of anything down the field.  Excuses?  No, those are what we in the field call "realities".  But, the coaching staff needs to find some way to get the football down the field.  They have to.

  • Ray RiceWillis McGahee.  The Browns still, ten years later, struggling mightily in stopping the run.  Ugh?

  • It's time to see what both Mohamed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie bring to the offensive table.  At this stage of the game, Josh Cribbs is proving that, as a No. 2 receiver, he's one helluva special teams player.  Let the rookies play.  These aren't seventh-round picks or undrafted free agents; they're second rounders.  Use them.  Speaking of rookies...

  • Lighten up, Francies.  Seriously, Coye, have you never been in a locker room before?  The last thing this team needs right now is off-the-field distractions, yet there you were, providing yet another healthy dose of ammo for the media.  Perhaps, though, it was the frustration of knowing that he presents a more viable option than Terry Cousins Hank Poteat that led to the incident? 

  • My wife told me this morning that "the Browns are going to surprise some people today."  When I asked if that meant the Browns were going to win, she said, "(very bad word) no.  I just think they're gonna do some (derivative of the same very bad word) up (feces) that nobody's ever seen before."  Ladies and gentleman, your 2009 Cleveland Browns!

  • On the flip side, my three-year-old daughter says the Browns are going to win today.  Why?  "Because" she replied, with all the earnestness a three year old can muster.  So, there you have it. 

  • Could losing Lewis for this game be a good thing?  When the Rats struggle defending the run, it's usually against a back that hits the hole quick and decisively.  Needless to say, neither of those attributes would be attached to Lewis at this point in his career.  Jerome Harrison and James Davis, on the other hand, possess the ability to hit a seam or crease that develops early on in a play.  If they don't play tentative, and the Browns stay away from running to the right side of the formation, they might be able to find some success.  Or, at least enough success to take some pressure off the passing game.

  • Pfffttt, who am I kidding?  Baltimore is just so damn good against the run.  It's going to take Quinn's arm (gulp?) to play the lead role in entertaining any hope of winning.

  • I know everyone is expecting a beat down -- how could you not? -- but I'm just not feeling it.  And, no, the lack of feeling doesn't stem from copious amounts of hops-related products being consumed yesterday either.  It's just... I dunno.  Everything is stacked against this team in this game, but I just don't see them coming out and crapping all over whatever the hell the name of the Rats' stadium is.  Of course, I've been known to be wrong in the past, so whatever.

Rats 31, Browns 24.  Don't ask me why, but I think the Browns are going to hang in this one.  Of course, said hanging may come via a rope, but they'll be hanging one way or the other.

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