NFL  > Cleveland Browns  > Jake Delhomme to Start for the Browns
October 7, 2010, 03:16 PM
It's looking like Jake will get his first regular season start since the opener. This is a move that has some people (ProFootballTalk.com in particular) questioning why Cleveland would hand things back over to Delhomme when Seneca Wallace had been playing well and had just lead the team to it's first win. Well there's an easy answer but it's one that leads to a more troubling question.

The answer is that Wallace has been playing okay but hardly Michael Vick level great. His QB rating is around 76 which is leagues better than last years Derek Anderson/Brady Quinn combo of the low 40s. Wallace has been playing well enough to eek out victories but there have been real problems, namely his second half stats. The Browns passing attack has virtually disappeared in the second halves of games. Defenses have been smothering the underneath stuff and Wallace's deep sideline throw is a thing of ugliness. So that's the reason behind keeping Delhomme who, say what you will has the arm to make those deep throws.

Of course that brings up a more disturbing question, why does the coaching staff insist on dialing up the deep ball in the second half. There are ways to free up your short and medium passing attack without airing it out, especially when you have a beast like Peyton Hillis in the running game. Mike Holmgren's West Coast Offense is based on the short passing game. But Holmgren isn't calling the offense, Brian Daboll is. And that's the disturbing part, that the Browns may have the talent to win games this year but that the stubborn coaching staff just won't use them correctly. Rob Ryan is becoming a poster child for this syndrome. Last week whenever Ryan called a blitz it was a long touchdown for the Bengals, when he had his team play coverage they got 4 sacks. A smart man would have realized this and adjusted. Ryan did not. Daboll has also been the king of non adjustments. This more than any lack of any talent has been the undoing in Cleveland so far. And unless these two coaches start adjusting, long term prospects aren't good.
October 7, 2010  03:23 PM ET

Very good analysis HGT. The Browns can win this game, but they are going to have to play mistake free. And I couldn't agree more with your take on the defense. You can see it. I can see it. Why can't Rob Ryan see it. Stop the run, and don't give up the long ball. If Cleveland can keep everything underneath, they should be in a postition to win in the 4th.

October 7, 2010  03:30 PM ET
QUOTE:

Browns get two in a row! Thats my PIck HGT! good luck!

hope your crystal ball is right!

October 7, 2010  05:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Very good analysis HGT. The Browns can win this game, but they are going to have to play mistake free. And I couldn't agree more with your take on the defense. You can see it. I can see it. Why can't Rob Ryan see it. Stop the run, and don't give up the long ball. If Cleveland can keep everything underneath, they should be in a postition to win in the 4th.

Sometimes you think blitz packages factored into Rob Ryan's toilet training

October 7, 2010  10:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Sometimes you think blitz packages factored into Rob Ryan's toilet training

Maybe its because when he was with the Raiders, he rarely blitzed and stuck primarily to man coverage. Now that he's free to really call the shots, he's going overboard.

October 8, 2010  01:40 AM ET
QUOTE:

I often wonder if the Lion management has a clue to what it takes to be a consistent winner in the NFL. It always seems like they are spinning their wheels and going nowhere.

they're getting there, as a Packer fan I really feel that the Lions club is going to be good soon. They are giving everyone all they can handle lately...

October 8, 2010  11:55 AM ET
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I often wonder if the Lion management has a clue to what it takes to be a consistent winner in the NFL. It always seems like they are spinning their wheels and going nowhere.

I love what the Lions have done recently with the exception of not nabbing a franchise left tackle. Stafford almost got killed last year and he didn't even make out of the first game without injury this year. Protect the QB!

October 9, 2010  01:01 AM ET
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It's looking like Jake will get his first regular season start since the opener. This is a move that has some people (ProFootballTalk.com in particular) questioning why Cleveland would hand things back over to Delhomme when Seneca Wallace had been playing well and had just lead the team to it's first win. Well there's an easy answer but it's one that leads to a more troubling question.The answer is that Wallace has been playing okay but hardly Michael Vick level great. His QB rating is around 76 which is leagues better than last years Derek Anderson/Brady Quinn combo of the low 40s. Wallace has been playing well enough to eek out victories but there have been real problems, namely his second half stats. The Browns passing attack has virtually disappeared in the second halves of games. Defenses have been smothering the underneath stuff and Wallace's deep sideline throw is a thing of ugliness. So that's the reason behind keeping Delhomme who, say what you will has the arm to make those deep throws.Of course that brings up a more disturbing question, why does the coaching staff insist on dialing up the deep ball in the second half. There are ways to free up your short and medium passing attack without airing it out, especially when you have a beast like Peyton Hillis in the running game. Mike Holmgren's West Coast Offense is based on the short passing game. But Holmgren isn't calling the offense, Brian Daboll is. And that's the disturbing part, that the Browns may have the talent to win games this year but that the stubborn coaching staff just won't use them correctly. Rob Ryan is becoming a poster child for this syndrome. Last week whenever Ryan called a blitz it was a long touchdown for the Bengals, when he had his team play coverage they got 4 sacks. A smart man would have realized this and adjusted. Ryan did not. Daboll has also been the king of non adjustments. This more than any lack of any talent has been the undoing in Cleveland so far. And unless these two coaches start adjusting, long term prospects aren't good.

Senaca wallace wasthe quarterback when the Browns beat the Bengals but was it the reason the won? No the reason was the running of Hillis. I think it only gets better with Jake Delhomme back in. I'm suprised so many people think the Browns can win the game with Atlanta. I can't wait.

October 9, 2010  01:20 PM ET
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Senaca wallace wasthe quarterback when the Browns beat the Bengals but was it the reason the won? No the reason was the running of Hillis. I think it only gets better with Jake Delhomme back in. I'm suprised so many people think the Browns can win the game with Atlanta. I can't wait.

Ditto, I think we have a very good chance of defeating Atlanta, and ditto.

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October 9, 2010  02:09 PM ET
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I agree. Hillis is looking like a beast in the making, with two 100 yard games already. You have to give huge credit to the O line, too. He was not so successful in Denver in the limited carries he saw there. Unfortunately for Denver, McD shipped out the (another) remnant of the Shanahan era, in exchange for Quinn. Not looking like a good move now. But I'm not sure Hillis could have been successful in Denver with that O line and game planning. McD just didn't think he fit their system in Dove Valley, and maybe he didn't. But any way you look at it, that trade is looking more and more suspect as each game passes. Hillis looks unstoppable right now. I'll be interested to see what he does this week. And if he can manage a solid game against the Steelers at Heinz Field Week 6, I'll be a believer big time.As for the QB issue, I'm not enamored with either of them. I guess I'd go with Jake based upon the factors others have stated above and what I have seen out of the two of them, but this team needs a franchise QB. Wow, how profound, ripper. I never would have guessed that. Haha. It's good to see the Browns getting better.

With Moreno struggling with injuries and Laurence Maroney doing what he was doing in New England, I'm sure the Denver faithful would love to take back that trade right about now. Imagine how potent the Broncos offense would be with a running game?

 
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