Cleveland Browns Week Nine: Winners and Losers

Who caught your eye? Did someone stand out? Who blew it? That’s what were interested in this morning. Winners and losers.


For the first time in six seasons, the Browns beat the Baltimore Ravens. For fans and some of the older Browns like D’Qwell Jackson and Joe Thomas this one was a long time coming.

WINNER: Davone Bess. Call this one Davone’s redemption. Bess only caught three passes for 24 yards, but he made those most of those opportunities. Two touchdowns and a HUGE first down catch on fourth and one to keep the final drive going. (Is it me, or was that play eerily similar to the one against the Chiefs last week that he didn’t come up with?) Everyone in the locker room was happy for Bess, who handled his tough game last week like a pro.

WINNER: Greg Little. Little set a career mark with seven catches in the game for 122 yards. Despite a couple of mental mistakes with penalties, Little was a difference maker in this one. His first quarter catch in traffic was a magic act.

WINNER: Jason Campbell. Despite suffering a rib injury in the first half, Campbell made plays when he had to. He finished the game going 23 for 35, 262 yards passing and 20 yards rushing.

LOSER: Willis McGahee. The Browns running back rushed 21 times for 31 yards. The lack of a running game forced the Browns to throw the ball more than anyone wanted to on the final two drives. It worked out in this one. With the weather turning, my guess is the Browns will need the ability to run the football later in the season.

WINNER: Defense. The Browns got to Flacco five times in this one. They held Ray Rice to 17 yards on 11 carries. Outside of Marlon Brown, the Ravens weren’t able to do much offensively.

Alright. It’s your turn to sound off after a big Browns win.

  • mgbode

    quit it with the jets talk

  • mgbode

    oh, cmon. it couldn’t be him. peter king doesn’t know how to use the internet.

  • Lunch

    Right. Get a QB that we can stash away for a while so he can develop under Chud’s system. The Browns could use a 2nd or 3rd pick to do that. I’m slowly moving away from the thought that we need to use a 1st round pick on a QB. Especially since Campbell and Hoyer are/were playing well enough to be serviceable for the Browns.

  • mgbode

    whoever they think is a legit franchise type QB is the one we should take. if he’s there in the 1st (and graded out that way), then take him in the 1st.

    the only way we shouldn’t take a QB in the 1st is if we don’t think there’s a franchise guy to take. then, we can take a 2nd or 3rd and hope for magic (as we have been). you never know, so you try.

  • Lunch

    Only problem is who do the Browns drafting consortium think is a legit franchise type QB that is likely available when they draft?

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Exactly… they may not even see one in this draft. I always kind of laugh when I hear Browns fans talk about needing a certain draft position to get Teddy Bridgewater, Marcus Mariota, Johnny Manziel, etc as if those guys are sure fire hall-of-famers and missing on them spells doom for the Browns. We don’t have any clue whether the Browns’ front office even has those guys as their highest-rated QBs on their draft board. If Aaron Rodgers was in this upcoming draft rather than the 2005 draft, would he even be selected in the first round? Where would Drew Brees go?

  • YeahImFromOhio

    Little was getting mauled. The only thing I fault him for was that he was the one who caught the flag. There was plenty there to make those penalties off-setting. If Ihedigbo had been ejected during the first exchange for throwing punches and choking Little, the second one never would have happened.

  • For this team, in this division? Any win, dominating or not, is worth celebrating. They’ve been few and far between for far too long.

  • I’d laugh, but then I read some of the things Incognito was saying/writing to this kid. There’s a line, and he damn sure crossed it.

  • Kevin Huyghe

    Yeah I wrote that well before all that detail came out. Horrible.

  • Winner: Armonty Bryant. The kid was an absolute monster out there. I understand why his draft stock dropped the way it did– character does mean something, and it should. But guys like Bess show why second chances, especially for guys with issues in their teen years, can and should be provided. On talent alone, Bryant is a steal.

    Winner: Davone Bess. I know I’m repeating most everyone here, but it deserves repeating. We (myself included) had this guy marked for the first bus out of town (well those of us not calling for him to be Kiffin’d in KC), and shots were taken. Admittedly, he has not been the guy most expected when the trade was made. But he’s been a pro, answered the questions, and faced the criticisms. And yesterday he was critical in a big win that the team–and the fans–really needed.

    Winner: Coach Chud. While I still find myself a bit mystified by his TO usage, and we really need to get the whole “getting the play called on time” thing ironed out, he’s easily the most aggressive HC we’ve seen here since ’99. It may come back to bite us at some point, but I’d rather this style than the spineless stuff of the previous regime.

    Loser: Willis McGahee. Look, it’s not really his fault. He’s well past his prime, but he loves the game and he’s a veteran leader for a young group. But please, for the love of Jim Brown, stop giving him the ball. Run Ogby, sit Willis, and let Fozzy shake things up from time to time. We cannot afford to be without a run threat in November and December.

    Loser: Brandon Weeden. Just because it’s obvious doesn’t make it any less true. The entire tenor of the game changed when he stepped on the field, from the fans to his teammates to the opposing defense. Thank goodness Campbell gutted it out. Not sure how Weeds can even be on the roster at this point.

    Neutral: Greg Little. Best he’s looked in a Browns uni in terms of catching the ball and looking dangerous after the catch. And he was getting mugged, so part of me wants to dismiss the penalties he drew. But the fact is, those penalties counted, and could have undone the positives he provided. A pro has to be smarter than that. I just wish I could be confident that he will eventually put it all together.

  • Kildawg

    WINNERS: The Browns as a whole, aggressive coaching, Davone Bess, Jason Campbell (hurray for solid NFL QB play!), the defense (especially the rushing defense).
    NEUTRAL: Greg Little (sure, he’s the only one that got flagged but we Browns fans are used to not getting any calls our way), Jordan Cameron, Josh Gordon, Obie, Fozzy Whittaker, even MarQuies Gray (these guys need more involvement in the offense).
    LOSERS: Baltimore Ravens, Art Modell (may he rot wherever he belongs), Brandon Weeden (threw out any chance of remaining on an NFL team with a negative yard pass play), Willis McGahee (he’s better off as a blocking FB; 1.5 YPC is NOT acceptable for a “starting” RB), and whoever was covering Marlon Byrd.

  • Wow

    Winner- Chud, the team responds to a coach with guts. The awful Shurmur days are over.

    Loser- Weeden. What a disastrous series.

  • James Workman

    Matt Flynn if GB doesn’t get him first. I’m not endorsing it, merely answering your question.