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  • Curses set aside, Browns take playoff push to KC
    Curses set aside, Browns take playoff push to KC
    Dave Algase
    This blog started way back in 2002, one wild ride of a season, which featured the last Browns playoff team. Until now. Second-year coach Butch Davis' pro peak started with Dwayne Rudd serving up a Kansas City win in the form of an ill-advised celebratory helmet toss just before the end of what should've been the game's last play. Still, that 40-39 heartbreaker seemed to confirm that Cleveland, in its fourth year of the reincarnation, was emerging into a potent bunch. After all, it was backup Kelly Holcomb who lit up the Chiefs for 326 yards and three TDs in just his second career start. That squad's strength was its wide receiving unit, sporting a slew of second-round draft picks collectively known as the Four Deuces. Three of them (Dennis Northcutt, Andre Davis, and Quincy Morgan) scored in that memorable opener, and the fourth (Kevin Johnson) threw a TD pass on a…
  • Browns Cruising, But Face Tough Road Ahead
    Browns Cruising, But Face Tough Road Ahead
    Dave Algase
    In the NFL, any team can beat any other team on a given Sunday. However, when one club has playoff aspirations and another is mired in the muck of the NFL basement with the second-worst record in the league, we would presume the former would have little trouble with the latter. However, that’s not how it went down in Week 12 as the Cleveland Browns barely escaped the clutches of the Jacksonville Jaguars in a 27-25 victory. The win was clinched by Cleveland’s defense thwarting a two-point conversion attempt by the Jaguars after they drew to within two points, courtesy of a James Robinson four-yard scamper into the end zone with two minutes and change left on the clock. Cleveland guard Joel Bitonio put it all into perspective after the game: It definitely was one where you see the grit of a team. You don't get a practice all week really, the defense…
  • The task will test Stefanski's impressive coaching crew
    The task will test Stefanski's impressive coaching crew
    Sam Penix
    New Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski, on the job less than a month, has already assembled a very nice coaching staff. He is surrounded by experienced minds on both sides of the ball, which should aid his transition from offensive coordinator to HC. However, as good as the staff looks on paper, it means nearly nil until the team performs better on the field, as we saw last season. When Freddie Kitchens was hired, growing pains were expected. He had gone from running backs coach to OC to HC in mere months. His meteoric rise led some to worry whether he was ready to handle the responsibilities of leading a team. Some of those fears were put to rest when Kitchens (or John Dorsey rather) was able to assemble a strong-looking coaching staff. New OC Todd Monken had engineered a high-powered Tampa Bay passing offense. Steve Wilks followed Kitchens from Arizona…
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