Enemy Intel Report: Redskins vs. Browns
Jared Mueller, the editor of the FanSided Networks’ Cleveland Browns site Dawg Pound Daily answers five questions about the upcoming contest between the Cleveland Browns and the Washington Redskins. Redskins vs. Browns
1. If Johnny Manziel is named the starter do you think he’s ready for the responsibility of being the face of the Browns franchise?
On and off the field I believe he has work to do even though he can be successful right away. As the face of the franchise Manziel will make bad choices when the season is over but during the season he works hard, is quiet and leaves everything out on the field.
On the field he needs to learn his progressions, hitting receivers in stride and how to read defenses. Exotic defenses, like the ones he will see in the first 3 weeks of the regular season, could give him tons of problems. He improvises well, but hasn’t shown that his transition to a dropback, NFL passer has moved forward quickly.
2. If Josh Gordon is suspended for the season how will the Browns deal with not having him in the lineup?
The fans will whine about the team passing on Sammy Watkins. The team will look for creative ways to get other players involved. Kyle Shanahan’s system, based on research we did on teams he was the OC, gives tons of value to 1 receiver and 1 tight end, as well as a receiving back.
If Gordon is suspended that player will be Miles Austin, if he is not injured. Austin has history of solid route running and reliable hands. Jordan Cameron was a breakout tight end last year and should continue to grow under Shanahan. We expect Shanahan to be creative in getting more pass catchers involved through his schemes.
3. What did you think of Jay Gruden’s offenses when he was the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals?
They were unable to take advantage of the supreme talent on the Bengals. Many put that blame on Gruden others blame Andy Dalton. Either way his offenses didn’t put the fear in the Browns defense. The progressions seemed quite limited with only 1 or 2 running routes designed to get open. The others were used to take coverage away from the primary or secondary receivers.
He would make play calls, especially in big moments, where he attempted to be more creative then solid. On 3rd and 1 he would often run A.J. Green on a curl or try to hit a back shoulder fade. Over thinking the room was a regular occurrence. Redskins vs. Browns
4. Who is the unknown player Redskins fans should look for to flash on Monday Night?
On offense Charles Johnson is a big, fast receiver that the Browns took off the Packers practice squad last year. Johnson was hurt last year but this year has shown signs of possibly being a breakout player. Standing 6’2” and over 215 pounds, Johnson gives the Browns something none of the other unproven guys do: size.
On defense injuries have created some concern. Due to the numerous injuries at the corner spot the Browns are likely to run Jordan Poyer, a free safety, as their primary nickleback. Poyer isn’t well known but has been given a ton of press this Training Camp. With Andre Roberts in the slot expect Poyer to be tested but come away looking good.
5. What are your expectations for Monday?
I expect a disjointed game. Browns HC Mike Pettine seemed to state that Washington HC Jay Gruden’s game plan will impact how Pettine plays the QBs. With both Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel expected to get time with the Browns #1s, the offense will struggle to get on track.
The Browns defense is expected to carry the team. Based on that I expect a low scoring game through the first half. The second half could become a free for all though with scoring, penalties and unfortunately injuries. Based on the Browns offense and limited depth I would expect a win for the Redskins. Redskins vs. Browns