Browns v. Bears: thoughts

Starting defense OK

The first-team allowed the first touchdown after a long Bears’ punt return started them deep in Browns territory. The Bears were able to drive down the field on them on their second drive but the defense held them to a field goal. Gary Baxter didn’t start due to injury and Leigh Bodden and Brian Russell were held out so they could rest for the opener. Their secondary played rather poorly, but with Pete Hunter and Daven Holly as your starting corners, there really can only be room for improvement once Baxter, McCutcheon, and Bodden are all on the field together.

Green inactive

One of the more interesting inactives for the Browns was running back William Green. Green is battling Lee Suggs, who played sparingly, for a roster spot. Was Green hurt or is he part of an upcoming trade and the Browns didn’t want to risk injury?

Rookies who shined

Kamerion Wimbley once again showed flashes of his superb athleticism, making three tackles and getting to the quarterback on a couple of occasions. Although they weren’t recorded as sacks or fumbles, he caused the QB to drastically hurry his throws on a few plays. The Browns’ second and third-team defensive units were below average in the game, but a couple players stood out. Rookie safety Justin Hamilton exhibited some good run-stopping ability and seems to be a player who is isn’t afraid to still his nose in on plays. Look for him to be a viable option as a backup safety this season. Another rookie, nose tackle Baba Oshinowo, made a couple of nice tackles at the line of scrimmage.

Backup QB

Derek Anderson has outplayed Dorsey so far for the #2 quarterback position, but neither really stands out. If Frye were to go down, having either of these two guys step in behind center would hardly make me feel comfortable. Billy Volek could soon be available.

Overall assessment

The first-team offense’s performance, or lack thereof, was a little concerning and was a step back from how they did last week against Buffalo. But you have to give the tough Bears defense a lot of credit, they are tops in the league. Bottom line: the offense has a long way to go. The defense? Once they get their starting secondary back, which will be soon, they should be in decent shape.

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