Oct 18, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running backRobert Turbin
(27) stiff arms Denver Broncos cornerbackChris Harris
(25) during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Browns Run Game Is Finding Rhythm
It’s far from the process we expected, but the Browns rushing rotation is finally looking like the rushing rotation they first envisioned going into the 2015 season. This past Sunday the group of RBs Duke Johnson, Isaiah Crowell, former Seattle Seahawk Robert Turbin, and yes even McCown gained 109 yards on 33 rushing attempts.
Denver on average gives up 89.2 rushing yard per game. The running game is finally shaping up and looking like the running game Browns HC Mike Pettine wanted from the start. That’s a pretty big deal.
Not only does that mean that McCown doesn’t have to win the game by himself throwing the football around 50 times each game, but it also gives opposing defenses something else to worry about. Teams are not able to just blitz all game knowing McCown will be dropping back nearly the entire game and that helps out the passing game a bit.
We’ve seen both sides of the spectrum.
Having an offense that only throws the ball or an offense that only runs the ball makes the opposing defense’s job much simpler and easier. The Browns offense struggles because of that fact. Having a balanced offense makes the opposing defense have to do more.
With a balanced offense, the Browns will benefit a lot in this game and in every other game down the road as long as the run game continues to produce.
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