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September 12, 2010 - Mike McLain
No one expected a great showing by the Browns this season, but respectability seemed within sight.
That still might happen, but after what happened Sunday in Tampa it's a tough sell. Quarterback Jake Delhomme threw two interceptions and Peyton Hillis lost a fumble as the Browns gift-wrapped a 17-14 win for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Delhomme showed signs of being the same QB that threw 18 interceptions last season in Carolina. He threw carelessly into coverage several times and was lucky not to have more than two interceptions.
The quarterback position was supposed to be more settled with Delhomme on board and Derek Anderson in Arizona and Brady Quinn in Denver. Delhomme still looks good in comparison to Anderson and Quinn, but he has to be smarter with his decisions.
The Browns aren't capable of winning games when they lose the battle of turnovers. The defense might be better, but it's not going to overwhelm offenses.
The loss won't go over well with fans that expected better. They certainly assumed a win over the lowly Bucs would happen.
The Bucs were one of the worst teams in the NFL last season, and after watching the game Sunday it's obvious they aren't much better. The Browns aren't a playoff team, but they were the better team Sunday.
Team president Mike Holmgren didn't attend the game. Owner Randy Lerner was in attendance. He couldn't have liked what he saw.
Lerner should be short on patience these days. What occurred in Tampa Bay won't change that situation.
Coach Eric Mangini should be concerned ... very concerned.
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