BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – If you look purely at statistics and rankings there isn’t much impressive about the Browns offense through the first 3 games of the season.
However, if you’ve actually watched the first 3 games, head coach Hue Jackson is making the best of what is left of his roster following injuries to Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown in the first 2 weeks.
The emergence and versatility of Terrelle Pryor as well as an explosive run game has helped ease the pain a bit, but Jackson made it clear Thursday that there’s a discernible difference between what he is running now versus what he actually wants to run.
“I don’t even think we have played our offense yet to be really honest with everybody,” Jackson said. “We normally don’t huddle. I don’t know that we have truly had one snap of the offense that I envision for our football team because we have been playing with different quarterbacks as we have gone through this. I think you guys all know that from week to week, we have had to do what we have had to do to put an offense out there.
“My disappointment is we haven’t played the way I think we can play yet because I don’t think we have even come close to the offense that I want us to be. Hopefully, in the future as we get some continuity here and some people can stay healthy and we get some people back, we can start being what I envision us being.”
A no huddle offense?
“We are a team that doesn’t huddle,” Jackson stressed.
As to why he can’t wait to install such a system in Cleveland, Jackson explained.
“I think it gives us an advantage,” Jackson said. “I think it puts the defense on their heels a little bit and makes the defensive coordinator play in a different style and a different fashion, but we haven’t been able to do that thus far.”
On top of injuries to Griffin and McCown is the loss of first round pick Corey Coleman for 4-6 weeks with a broken right hand just days after he lit up the Ravens for 104 yards on 5 catches – 2 of them touchdowns – was just as devastating and forced Jackson to get creative with using Pryor last week in Miami.
“We can’t really get into the stuff that he wants to get into,” Pryor said. “I don’t want to jump out and say too much stuff, but there’s a lot more stuff to Hue’s offense, and I know he’s excited to get there some day soon. But right now, it’s just we’re battling a lot of injuries, and a lot of young guys [are] out there.
“Hey, whatever Hue says, we believe in it, and we know we can get it done and try to execute.”
The Browns are averaging 18 points per game (ranked 26th out of 32 teams), 368.3 total yards (16), 223.7 yards passing (25th) and 144.7 yards rushing (4th) per game but the reality is that Hue isn’t playing with a full deck.
That’s not an excuse, that’s just fact.
Center Shuffle – Although Jackson refuses to comment publicly, there’s a chance that right guard Alvin Bailey could be benched Sunday at Washington following his arrest earlier this week. Should Bailey be benched, John Greco would move back to guard and Austin Reiter, signed off the Redskins practice squad last week, would fill in for the injured Cameron Erving at center.
“I was playing some guard today, but if they need me to play center I will,” Greco, who played all 82 snaps at center against the Dolphins, said. “That’s the thing, we don’t know yet and from what I understand they haven’t really made an announcement yet, so I’m ready to play no matter where they need me.”
Reiter, a 20145 seventh round pick, has played center since his freshman year at South Florida. He spent last season as well as the first week of this year on Washington’s practice squad. After being active last week in Miami, he could be thrust into the starting lineup against his former team.
“If I get that opportunity I know I’m ready,” Reiter said. “I know they have a lot of confidence in me since I’ve been here. I know it’s been a short time but I think I’ve picked up everything pretty well.”
Legal Matters – Bailey was granted a continuance in his court case stemming from his arrest early Monday morning in North Royalton. Bailey was cited for OVI, speed and unsafe vehicle and charged with drug abuse, drug paraphernalia and failure to comply with a lawful order. All citations and charges are misdemeanors. He has hired counsel and is scheduled to appear in North Royalton Mayor’s Court Oct. 6 at 9 a.m.
Injury Report – DNP: QB Josh McCown (shoulder), WR Corey Coleman (right hand), C Cam Erving (chest/lung), DE Carl Nassib (hand), OLB Nate Orchard (ankle), CB Tramon Williams (shoulder); LIMITED: S Ibraheim Campbell (hamstring), TE Seth DeVale (knee), CB Joe Haden (groin); FULL: NT Danny SHelton (chest), RB Isaiah Crowell (knee), QB Cody Kessler (thigh), DL Stephen Paea (back)
QB Robert Griffin III (shoulder) is on injured reserve but worked with trainers on the side.