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Offensive offense

September 20, 2010 - Mike McLain

The Browns' offenese has been downright offensive to watch for fans through the first two games of the season.

It was especially bad in the 16-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday at home. Starting quarterback Jake Delhomme was out with a sore right ankle but that can't be used as an excuse.

It's apparent that the receiving corps isn't much better than last season, when it was among the worst in the NFL. I'm not sure what's wrong with Brian Robiskie, but he's obviously lost. Mohamed Massaquoi is a good second-year player, but he's not fast enough to be a number one receiver.

Yes, Joshua Cribbs caught a long touchdown pass against the Chiefs, but I don't see consistency in all the details that separate good receivers from ordinary receivers.

Quarterback Seneca Wallace received good reviews from his teammates about his play against the Cheifs, but what else would they say? Wallace is a backup for a reason. He has trouble spotting receivers over the line. He has a strong right arm, but accuracy and decision-making are problems.

Running back Jerome Harrison looked slow on Sunday. For whatever reasons, he's not the same player that ran at will late last season.

Let's not forget about the line. The right side has been scrutinized and criticized from the start of camp, and with good reason, but what about the left side? Joe Thomas is a three time Pro Bowler, but he looked ordinary in getting beat and then receiving a holding penalty on pass protection.

The bad news is that there aren't many options available to coach Eric Mangini. Maybe he could give second-year running back James Davis a few carries. He has more ability to bump a run outside than Harrison, who's a north-south runner.

The defense has made it easy for the offense by allowing just two touchdowns (one was set up by an interception) in two games. If the offense had been simply decent, the Browns could be 2-0.

There are a lot of words you could use to describe the offenes, but decent doesn't come to mind.



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