If Kelly Holcomb doesn't starting playing better soon, the Browns might soon have another quarterback controversy on their hands.
unproductive for the second straight game when the Browns were beaten 33-13 by
the Ravens Sunday in Baltimore. The Ravens switched up their defense from the
week before in Pittsburgh and played a Cover 2 defense to take away the deep
pass. The Colts used the same scheme in the opener.
beat out Tim Couch in the preseason, says opponents will continue playing with
two safeties back until the Browns show they can beat it. Holcomb had the ball
in his hands 15 times on third down against the Ravens and converted only three
times. His quarterback rating was 43.4.
"They're not going to
allow you to have big plays, and when you do have big plays you have to make
them," Holcomb said. "You have to be able to run the football to make them come
out of Cover 2. We had to throw the ball the who second half to play catch
Couch's biggest criticism was he held onto the ball too
long. Now that Holcomb is starting, he is guilty of the same
Holcomb has one touchdown pass and four interceptions
after two games. Receivers say they're getting open, but they're not getting the
"We're getting open, but it's a bunch of things," said
Quincy Morgan, who had two catches for 18 yards against the Ravens. "It's
football, man. They outplayed us. I wasn't having trouble getting open. Get a
tape and look at it. I can't say what the other guys were doing, but I got
Morgan had one catch in the opener, which the Browns lost
--CB Michael Lehan left the game against the Ravens in the
second quarter with a pulled hamstring. He was in street clothes by the second
half. He missed the opener with a sore calf muscle.
--LT Barry Stokes limped on a sore left leg in the second quarter, but he remained in the
game and is expected to start against the 49ers next week.
Phil Dawson made field goals of 44 and 35 yards, but one of his kickoffs went
out of bounds, giving the Ravens the ball on the 40. The good field position led
to a Baltimore field goal.
--DE Kenard Lang had two sacks. The
Browns totaled four sacks against Raven QBs Kyle Boller and Chris Redman. Boller
and Redman had a combined 29.4 passer rating, but the Ravens dominated the game.
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