BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – It sounds like receiver Dwayne Bowe will continue to be ale to relax and count his money on Sunday afternoons.
Browns head coach Mike Pettine didn’t sound like Bowe will see the field anytime soon when asked about the veteran receiver’s lack of playing time Wednesday.
“We make that decision each week,” Pettine said. “We build a plan and see where we are from a depth standpoint. We talk about the minimum position requirements. The top 4 guys are entrenched.”
Bowe, who has been inactive for 4 of the 6 games to date, doesn’t play special teams which makes having him active impractical as far as Pettine is concerned.
“Marlon Moore is doing an outstanding job on special teams when he’s available,” Pettine said.
Bowe has been active for 2 games, played 12 snaps and has been targeted just twice this season. He signed a 2-year $12 million contract with $9 million guaranteed in the offseason.
Bowe missed the majority of training camp with a hamstring injury that continued to nag him during the early portion of the regular season but he’s been a healthy scratch the last 2 weeks and it appears that he will continue to be.
Travis Benjamin leads the team with 31 catches and 528 receiving yards through 6 games.
With Benjamin, Taylor Gabriel, Andrew Hawkins and Brian Hartline “entrenched,” Bowe clearly isn’t in the team’s plans going forward unless 1 of the 4 get hurt making him a very expensive insurance policy.
Relocation Tour – The current Browns, a replacement of the original team now in Baltimore with 2 Super Bowl trophies, drew all 3 teams vying for 2 slots in Los Angeles on their schedule this year.
The Raiders, Chargers and Rams are all working on plans to pack their bags and all 3 could sweep Cleveland this season as well. The Browns already lost to Oakland at home and at San Diego. They’ll try to avoid the trifecta Sunday in St. Louis.
The Rams have drawn an average of 52,112 in their first 2 home games and
a sub-capacity crowd is expected Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome.
“35,000 when it’s bouncing off the roof and coming back down, it’s still louder than most outdoor stadiums,” Pettine said.
Third Time The Charm – Josh McCown will face the Rams for the third time in as many years with his third different team.
“I appreciate them being on the schedule so I have at least something familiar,” McCown joked. “It’s the third year in a row and looking forward to it. They’re a good defense; Greg Williams has done a great job with it. Jeff Fisher is a heck of a coach, in my opinion, and has done a good job. They’ve done a good job building that team from when they took it over to now.
“It’s fun to go against them. They play hard, they play really hard and obviously very talented.”
Sunday, McCown is looking for a much different result. In 2014 with Tampa Bay he lost in week 2 and 2013 with Chicago he came up short in week 12.
Best of the Worst – In this week’s game notes the Browns noted that Mike Pettine’s .409 winning percentage is the best for any coach of the team since 1999.
Pettine is 9-13 overall since taking over last season as head coach, unfortunately 7 of those wins came in his first 11 games and the Browns have lost 9 of 11 since.
Butch Davis is second on the list of 8 coaches with a .407 winning percentage. Chris Palmer has the worst win percentage at .156. He went 5-27 combined in 1999 and 2000.
Welcome Back- Rookie cornerback Charles Gaines and running back Glenn Winston returned to practice Wednesday.
Gaines was placed on IR/designated to return with a hamstring injury while Winston was on the physically unable to perform list following a knee scope on Sept. 1.
Injury Report – DID NOT PRACTICE: TE Rob Housler (hamstring), CB Joe Haden (concussion), S Tashaun Gipson (ankle), LB Craig Robertson (ankle); LIMITED: DT Danny Shelton (knee), TE Gary Barnidge (ankle), LB Tank Carder (shoulder), DE John Hughes (knee), WR Marlon Moore (hamstring), LB Nate Orchard (groin); FULL: QB Johnny Manziel (elbow)