That bad feeling in Browns' fans stomachs

<b>PITTSBURGH - </b> Remember that feeling you had every time the Steelers played the Miami Dolphins throughout the 1980s and early '90s? That's the feeling Cleveland Browns fans have in the pit of their stomachs after watching Ben Roethlisberger whip their team Sunday.

Just as the Steelers passed on local hero quarterback Dan Marino in 1983, so too did the Browns fail to take Roethlisberger in this year's draft.

And it's going to haunt the Browns for as many years as the Marino decision did the Steelers - only worse. The Steelers only had to play Marino every once in a while and have their faces rubbed in their decision. The Browns are going to have to face Roethlisberger twice a year for, oh, about the next 10 to 15 years.

And they actually traded a second round pick to move up one spot in the first round to take tight end Kellen Winslow instead of Roethlisberger, choosing to go with washed up Jeff Garcia at QB instead.

It's yet another highly questionable decision by Butch Davis.
  • Roethlisberger continued his whirlwind run through the NFL Sunday against the Browns, completing 12 of 17 passes for 199 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also scored his first NFL rushing touchdown, a six-yard run in the first quarter. And that was just in the first half, when the Steelers scored 27 of their 34 points in the game.

    Roethlisberger threw just five second-half passes as the Steelers protected their lead. He completed all five as the Steelers finished with 401 yards of total offense.

    "He didn't play like a rookie today," said Cleveland defensive tackle Orpheus Roye of Roethlisberger. "He's a little more mobile than I thought."

    Roye learned something Sunday the rest of the league is sure to find out soon: Roethlisberger is no normal rookie.

  • The NFL should just rename its offensive rookie of the week award the "Roethlisberger Award."

  • Plaxico Burress, that's two games in a row you've made an impact. Come around more often.

  • There was a Kendrell Bell sighting at Heinz Field. Unfortunately, it was one the Jumbotron for a Subway commercial.

    Hey Subway, shouldn't your pitchman at least play a down every once in a while?

  • Same thing to the guys at 1250-AM, who continue to run the Kendrell Bell radio show out there every week. Then again, they had the Mark Bruener show the past couple of seasons. Maybe there's a curse involved there.

  • A 4-1 record is very important to the Steelers. They now only have to go 6-5 the rest of the way to get to 10 wins, a mark that will likely guarantee them the division title.

    Heck, 9-7 might win the whole thing given that Baltimore has no QB and will be without Jamal Lewis for two games.

  • Ricardo Colclough coughs the ball up way too easily. Teams are going to continue to kick the ball to him because they're seeing it as well.

    Plus, you can't let Antwaan Randle El beat you.

  • The Steelers were blowing the middle of the Cleveland line off the ball. So why did the Steelers ever attempt a run to the outside?

    It's really the only complaint I have of Ken Whisenhunt's gameplan.

  • Next up are Eddie George and Vinny Testaverde. There's no truth that the Steelers plan on suiting up secondary coach Darren Perry for this game.

    Perry did own Testaverde, however. And he can't be in any worse health than Mike Logan, who seems to get hurt every time he steps on the field now.

  • Both Chris Hope and Troy Polamalu had stupid unnecessary roughness penalties Sunday.

    They're being aggressive, but they both also need to use their heads more.

  • This was the first game I noticed Oliver Ross and that was only because he had three penalties.

    The Big O must be feeling pretty confident, though. After his penalty for a punch to the head of Ebeneezer Ekuban, he just strolled right past Cowher, who was giving him the spit shower.

  • Why doesn't every team throw deep on Chad Scott?

    OK, maybe it's because they don't trust their protection. But I'd go deep on him four or five times a game and make him prove he can stop it.

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