Jul 26, 2013; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns linebacker Craig Robertson (53) and defensive back Tashaun Gipson (39) high five during training camp at the Cleveland Browns Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

MMQB Features The Browns Once Again

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Jan 29, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Sports illustrated sports writer Peter King reports during the Baltimore Ravens media day in preparation for Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Peter King, pictured above, has launched his new website TheMMQB recently. Very earlier in the site Greg Bedard posted a great article looking at the Browns’ new leadership, which we reviewed. Today the Browns’ training camp has been reviewed on his site by Andy Benoit. The article is insightful but with little or no new information. The way Benoit decided to breakdown the team though was interesting and a few notes from the article that we thought Browns’ fans would find of interest:

  • The team is looking to temper expectations, and that was before the 2-0 preseason start.
    • Psychologically and PR this makes sense. Lower expectations that way if you exceed them fans/media celebrate.
  • He makes a vague comparison to the 2001 New England Patriots who won the Super Bowl with a team many didn’t think talented enough to beat the Rams
    • Lets still temper our expectations. 8-8 or a winning season would be a dramatically good season
  • Benoit reports Norv Turner’s goal is to speed up QB Brandon Weeden and make him less mechanical.
    • Retraining muscle memory is hard. In my counseling career I often give clients homework: Figure out what pant leg you normally put on first, then for the next 2 weeks put the opposite one in first every time. They struggle.
  • As apt to do, he compares the Browns’ offensive players with Turner’s past San Diego teams.
    • Physical and skill comparisons are surprisingly similar, except for Antonio Gates missing but we covered that.
  • The Browns’ offensive line is pretty good so it should hold up for the longer developing pass patterns. (Though he switched who was at LG and RG)
  • Benoit points out that Ray Horton, new DC, hasn’t had this type of OLB rushers in the past and can use them well.
    • Horton is a known commodity whose defense is predicated on pressure, but hasn’t had dynamic OLBs to create pressure. If I was the other teams I would be scared. Browns’ front 7 is very capable.
  • The Browns’ cornerback position is very limited after Joe Haden.
    • Yep. But Haden and Safety TJ Ward are pretty darn good.
  • He discussed the changes in special teams including new kicker and punter. He failed to note Travis Benjamin’s exploits as a returner, merely stating “…replacement is being determined in training camp.”
    • In the old regimes of low scoring, safe game planning the specialists were greatly important. It seems the team, from owner down, want more aggression across the field possibly minimizing specialists importance.
  • Benoit ends, like many columnists have, predicting the Browns’ could go 5-11 or could have a winning record.
    • The Browns seem to be one of the great unknowns this year. FoS hasn’t yet predicted anything but will certainly struggle the same way others have in predicting the outcome of this team.
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