Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

19 Jul 2010

C.C. Brown, Lions, Rebuilding

Who is to blame for C.C. Brown's departure from the New York Giants? Why, it's the media!

"I don't even want to comment on that, because I still, at times, get sensitive about how they did me (wrong) there," Brown said. "The biggest thing with New York is the media controls the team. So whatever the media says, that's what's gonna happen."
Asked if he felt like he was a scapegoat for the Giants' defensive struggles, he added, "I was, I was. Me being the new guy, I was the first guy on the block to be blamed. But it's all right. It's water under the bridge."

If C.C. Brown was covering the water...

(Thanks to Doug for finding this)

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 19 Jul 2010

8 comments, Last at 20 Jul 2010, 5:20pm by dmb

Comments

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by lionsbob :: Mon, 07/19/2010 - 5:22pm

I am hoping the Lions trade for Jarrad Page, I got a bad feeling that Brown is going to be starting for the Lions at safety...which would make me sad. The other options are Jonathan Hefney, who supposedly looked good pre-training camp, Ko Simpson who is coming off a knee injury, and Marquand Manuel, who sucks.

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by JasonK :: Mon, 07/19/2010 - 5:23pm

That's hilarious.

Oh, wait-- he was being serious?? Now I have to laugh harder.

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by MilkmanDanimal :: Mon, 07/19/2010 - 7:17pm

Is this the FO game of the week? If C.C. Brown was covering the water...

He'd still be better than Sabby Piscatelli!

Sabby Piscatelli tried to tackle the water and landed five feet inland.

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by Andrew Potter :: Mon, 07/19/2010 - 11:37pm

If C.C.Brown was actually covering the water, then water runs slower than I thought.

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by BigDerf :: Mon, 07/19/2010 - 9:49pm

Yeahhh C.C. We all saw the games too. It was generally you two steps behind the open receiver.

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by Jimmy :: Tue, 07/20/2010 - 5:35am

Bad assignment discipline by CBs and LBers can make safeties who are doing their jobs look terrible, this happened to Danielle Manning at times last year due to the heady combination of Nick Roach and Hunter Hillenmeyer sometimes deciding to follow any receiver who came near their zone allowing just about anyone to get behind them.

Having said that CC has way too much form in this area. Houston fans hated him, Giants fans hated him and Detroit fans are warming their hatred glands in anticipation of his first blown coverage. It seems CC thinks there is a conspiracy going on, when in reality he sucks.

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by jarhead60 (not verified) :: Tue, 07/20/2010 - 3:12pm

I am a Giant fan and saw all the Giant games last year. Brown was signed in 2009 as a special teams player and as a backup strong safety. Due to injuries, he became the starter, sometimes as free safety and sometimes at strong safety. He did not play well, but he was not the cause of the Giant defensive collapse in the second half of last year. The real cause of the collapse was injuries and poor coaching by the defensive coordinator, who is now gone.

The media did not force Brown out of New York, Brown's play (which was not up to expectations) forced the Giants to let him go. Brown is not a great player, but he isn't as bad as some people think he is. He has played 5 years in the NFL and started 54 of 66 games...better than an average player.

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by dmb :: Tue, 07/20/2010 - 5:20pm

Having a successful career is not a perfect indicator of effective performance; I'm sure many posters could regale us with tales of the "pleasures" of working with superiors whose attainment (and/or retainment) of their position was somewhat inexplicable. So yes, typically a player who starts 54 games and plays in 66 could be called "above average," but it doesn't necessarily mean that his on-field performance actually merits that label.