Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns Rumblings: Voice Of The Fan


Oct 10, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Darron Lee (43) celebrates with teammates following the game versus the Maryland Terrapins at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

The Ohio State football team and the Cleveland Browns both won this weekend, which is a rare fete and all the Browns’ fault, but the Voice of the Fan is excited to see both of his favorite teams, but has serious questions for both squads.

First The Ohio State football team. The Scarlet and Gray could have been in turmoil with the quarterback situation. Perhaps Urban Meyer has found a way to use two quarterbacks and make it work.

There is an old saying that if you have two quarterbacks, you have none! Trying to use two has been done before and rarely, if ever, has it worked. Mostly you end up with two very unhappy guys at the position and not enough reps in practice to go around and both quarterbacks look bad. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen here, the idea is to win, no matter who’s t the helm.

The defense needs some work though. The ends are not setting the edge, allowing the running backs to get outside. I realize that getting to the quarterback and a sack or pressure is the key thing wanted. But you can’t keep allowing the runner to bounce to the outside for huge chunks of yards.

The defensive backs are playing too far off their receivers. The large cushion given is costing them play after play. I realize that Michael Conley has been hurt, but you don’t need to give the wideouts ten untouched yards.

This team also needs to come out in the first quarter with the same fire and discipline they usually do in the third quarter! The tough part of their schedule is on the horizon and the Buckeyes need to to start playing complete games.

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As for the Browns…

Now, who are those players on the field in Baltimore and what have you done with the real Cleveland Browns. Finally some inspirational play, although not in the first quarter. I wonder had Steve Smith been healthy if the outcome would have been different.

Oct 11, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins (16) leaps but can not make the catch during the second quarter as Baltimore Ravens defensive back Kyle Arrington (24) defends at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Irregardless they are strong signs of progress again as the were last week. The offense is progressing but still has strides to make. They still need a couple capable receivers that are 6-foot-3, to 6-foot-6. It would help immensely, especially in the red zone. Toooo many field goals, not enough touchdowns! It would make it far easier on everyone concerned to get seven points and build a lead. Also you could skip playing overtime.

Josh McCown had a career day over 450 yards passing, a Browns record! Even Otto Graham didn’t do that. But they need a lot of work on the run game. The blocking just isn’t up to par to run the ball. They are better in the pass protection, but some room for improvement there too.
The smallish receivers did a good job but with his absence again on the field, one has to wonder why is Dwayne Bowe even here? A healthy scratch again! I would rather see his roster spot taken by Terrelle Pryor, who could be developing rather watching an apparent “has-been” on the sidelines taking up space.

The win was certainly unexpected but very welcome as they hadn’t won in Baltimore since 2007! Over all it was a great effort and hopefully they will learn to put that effort forth in all four quarters! I know, baby steps. What’s your reaction

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