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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Play to Win

The Browns had the Steelers on the ropes. The Browns physically pounded Pittsburgh for four quarters. There's only one thing the Browns failed to do Sunday in their 24-21 loss to the Black and Canary yellow: play to win. It's hard to figure out the Browns approach at times. Head Coach Romeo Crennel has proven he's not afraid to go for it on 4th and 1. He's also proven his team will play it very close to the vest in the 4th quarter. They escaped with a win over the Jets... they barely hung on to beat Atlanta.. but trying to "hang on" against Pittsburgh just didn't work. If this team is going to take the next step and start winning some of these close games, the Browns need that same aggressive approach that got them the lead in the first half against their hated rivals. Where were the blitzes late in the game? Rookie Kamerion Wimbley battered Ben Roethlisberger play after play in the 4th quarter- but not before he got rid of the ball. Would bringing a DB on a blitz have made a difference? It's hard to tell. The offense didn't score a touchdown against Pittsburgh, but moved the ball very effectively at times. It's not like games we've seen when Dave Zastudil seems to get as many snaps as Frye. Be patient, Browns fans. This team is growing. There are more reasons to be excited about this team than we've seen in the past few years. Some folks in the NFL have said the Browns are the most physical team they've faced this season. The team is on the right path. They just need to remember to play to win. Then we can celebrate instead of saying, What if?

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