I have to give all the credit to the coaching staff, to Rob Chudzinski, Norv Turner and Ray Horton, for keeping the players focused. There were a lot of external voices saying the Browns had given up on the season and were looking to the draft, but the coaching staff got the players focused and they’ve won the last two games while playing at a very high level. The defense has played extremely well and I think Brian Hoyer has stepped in and done a heck of a job too. They stepped over Jason Campbell to make him the starter and so far it’s paid off. Right now, the Richardson trade is looking like a great move, picking up draft picks and getting the team closer together.
E.J. Manuel Progress Report:
It’s a work in progress. If you look at the last couple games, he’s completing under 50 percent. His quarterback rating this past game was 48.9, he had more interceptions than touchdowns and I think that’s kind of the way the season is going to go for them. Until he gets more comfortable with the offense and with what they’re doing, the Bills need to play better defense and take a cue from the Browns. The need to take a cue from the Browns. The Browns are playing incredible defense right now and with a young quarterback, you need to do that to find different ways to win football games. The Bills are winning games, being 2-2, and in the win on Sunday over Baltimore the defense came up big with five interceptions. As long as the defense continues to improve, the Bills can win games while Manuel learns on the job.
With both teams at 2-2, which one has the better shot of reaching the postseason? I’m going with the Browns. At 2-2, they are tied for the lead in their division. They just beat Cincinnati, who dropped to 2-2. And thanks to the Bills beating the Ravens, Baltimore is 2-2 as well, with Pittsburgh at 0-4. Hoyer is a first-time starter, but he’s in his sixth year in the league and so he has a good understanding of what he wants to do, whereas E.J. Is a young guy and just trying to learn what he wants to do. The Browns defense is playing better and they’re just in a better position right now.
– Trent Green
Former NFL quarterback Trent Green is the analyst for Thursday Night Football on WestwoodOne. Tonight, he’ll be alongside Ian Eagle for the call as the Buffalo Bills visit the Cleveland Browns. Coverage begins at 8 PM Eastern on WestwoodOne.