Browns Will Have Plenty Of Flaws On Opening DayJuly 5th, 2010
Less than 10 weeks from the opening day kickoff against the Browns (circled as a “W” on many Bucs’ fans schedule), Joe finds himself reading up on all things Cleveland on this lazy, rainy Monday-after-the-Fourth holiday.
Before Joe shares some of his research, Joe can’t help but think of another person with that Bucs-Browns game highlighted on his calendar — and in his heart. That would be Kellen Winslow. Given all of Winslow’s drama in Cleveland — the accusations of not being a team guy, Grapefruitgate, the staph infections and the overall sour situation — Winslow must be yearning to punish the Browns.
How sweet would it be to see Winslow try and put the team on his back on opening day?
As for the Browns, Terry Pluto, of the Plain-Dealer, invested time detailing a list of things he expects to see from the Browns. …It’s clear, per Pluto, that Cleveland has a pile of questions in its secondary.
1. First-rounder Joe Haden will not be one of the starting cornerbacks. The Browns will work him in gradually in nickel and dime coverages. They’ll go with veterans Eric Wright and Sheldon Brown at cornerback, with Haden the main backup.
2. The Browns say they love Michael Adams on special teams, and every year he plays more in the defensive backfield than planned. That won’t change this season. In fact, he could play a lot of safety.
3. Rookie safeties T.J. Ward and Larry Asante will deliver huge hits, but both will worry the coaches when it comes to pass coverage. That’s why Adams will be important.
Joe will be as fired up as any other fan on opening day, and cheering from the first whistle. But Joe just can’t get too hopeful, as much as Joe wants to put the Bucs down for a W. It simply comes back to having to rely on so many rookies.