NFL 2006: Cleveland Browns

NFL 2006: Cleveland Browns

Romeo Crennel begins his second season at the helm of the Cleveland franchise. The former Patriot defensive coordinator feels confident heading into the season after signing some high priced free agents and drafting young talent he feels will come in right away and contribute.

The Browns have nowhere to go but up. Last season Cleveland had the worst scoring offense in the NFL at 14.5 per game, en route to a 6-10 record. The offense must improve if the Browns hope to get out of last place in the AFC North.

Offense: To say the Browns offense last year was anemic isn’t doing the anemics any justice. The offense was terrible. Cleveland scored a whopping 232 points, dead last in the NFL. They managed only four, yes it’s true, four rushing touchdowns all season!

Trent Dilfer has moved on and the reigns have been handed over to second-year signal caller Charlie Frye. The youngster started the last five games of 2005 and showed signs that he could be a real good NFL quarterback. There’s a learning curve though. All of the greats had to go through it and Frye will to. He’ll have games were he looks like Superman and some were he plays like that stupid Wonder Twin that only morphs into some kind of useless water thingy. Cleveland fans must be patient and let him grow.

The serious concern is with his backups. If Frye would go down, there isn’t much left in the cupboard. Former 49er Ken Dorsey and Derek Anderson are the current backups for Frye. How ติดต่อufabetเว็บหลัก confident is Crennel in his reserves? Well, last report is he’s desperate enough to try and talk Vinny Testaverde out of retirement. Yeah, he’s really comfortable.

Reuben Droughns (1,232 yards) returns to the backfield after a solid 2005 campaign, but he was arrested earlier in the year for domestic battery and could have other things besides football on his mind. William Green and Lee Suggs, two stars in college, have never made the transition to the pros. Suggs because of injury and Green because of personal issues. Rookie Jerome Harrison will be given every opportunity to move up the depth chart. Terrelle Smith is a solid, blocking fullback.

Wide receiver is one area where the Browns look to be in good shape offensively. Leading receiver Antonio Bryant is gone, but Joe Jurevicius was brought in from Seattle to take his place. Jurevicius is a high character guy who brings a winning attitude and a strong work ethic to the table. He caught 55 passes last year for 694 yards and 10 touchdowns. Dennis Northcutt (42-441-2) returns as does 2005 top pick Braylon Edwards (32-512-3). Edwards hopes to bounce back from a knee injury that cut short his season. Rookie Travis Wilson will be the fourth receiver.