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Bite In The Dawgs’ Bark: The Cleveland Browns FINALLY Are A REAL Team 0

Posted on December 10, 2012 by Joe Gill

YES, Browns fans!

Trent Richardson Has Helped Put Bite In The Dawgs Bark.

You FINALLY have collection of players and coaches that are a REAL team.

There is HOPE.  SERIOUSLY, I REALLY MEAN IT this season.

The Cleveland Browns are turning what’s left of the sinking ship into port. Their decrepit vessel is getting repaired, the holes are getting PLUGGED. After a MADDENING 0-5 start (STANDARD procedure in Cleveland since ’99) which saw the Browns lose three games by 7 points or less,  fans were playing the COULDA, SHOULDA, WOULDA game in their heads.

Close YET AGAIN but no CIGAR for a very YOUNG team.

The Browns are maturing into a team that is INJECTING the Dawg Pound with HOPE FINALLY. Led by the “BEAST”better known as rookie running back, Trent Richardson, Cleveland’s running game is is a LEGITIMATE WEAPON & THREAT. Even when T-Rich has a sub-par game, he still contributes by finding the end zone.

Quarterback Brandon Weeden has got more and more comfortable in the offense. The “OLD MAN” rookie has cut down on costly turnovers that lost games for Browns earlier in the season. He is becoming the intelligent game manager that fans in Cleveland has CRAVED and has not seen since Bernie Kosar.

Yet ANOTHER offensive rookie, wide receiver  Josh Gordon has also grown leaps and bounds. Gordon has become Weeden’s long distance threat which the opposition has to pay attention to. It’s only up from here for the former Baylor Bear.

The Browns defense and special teams have GELLED and stats show it. Cleveland is currently ninth in the NFL in points allowed with 20.9 points. Due to a GREAT PASS rush, the defense have become a ball hawking unit as of late including EIGHT forced turnovers versus the HATED Steelers.  They currently are FOURTH in the AFC with a +8 takeaway/giveaway ratio.

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