Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

11 Oct 2008

Injuries, Drops Main Culprits for Browns' Receiving Woes

This week's MNF feature at ESPN.com uses early game charting data in an attempt to figure out what's gone wrong with the Cleveland Browns offense in 2008.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 11 Oct 2008

5 comments, Last at 15 Oct 2008, 2:32pm by Anonymous


by ammek :: Sat, 10/11/2008 - 7:31pm

Very interesting indeed. Anderson may be more accurate than last year, but I'd wager that his passes travel less distance on average. The receivers are getting next-to-no yards after the catch either. Is Anderson going through his reads too quickly? Checking down? Sounds like impatience is at the foot of this. Not forgetting the interceptions.

Plus there are situational factors, including a modest running game, and the fact that the Browns have been playing from behind for most of the year. You maybe underestimate the difficulty of the schedule, too.

Still, it's enjoyable watching you debunk 'received wisdom'.

by drobviousso :: Sat, 10/11/2008 - 10:52pm

Any info on if/how/when receivers recover from the droppsies?

by Bowl Game Anomaly :: Sat, 10/11/2008 - 10:56pm

What happened to the Browns' dominant O-line from last year?

(Formerly "The McNabb Bowl Game Anomaly")

by FourteenDays :: Mon, 10/13/2008 - 4:24pm

This is interesting stuff. Dividing credit or blame between the WR and QB is not easy, and I'm impressed you guys have gotten this much. Still, it seems like a lot is still hidden in the "other" category. If a pass is broken up by the DB, does that mean that Anderson made a bad read and shouldn't have thrown there? Does it mean that Edwards didn't get the separation he should have gotten? Does it mean that Anderson had to hurry a throw because of pressure? Or should it just be credited as a great play to the DB? Without some form of mind reading, this seems impossible to sort out.

by Anonymous (not verified) :: Wed, 10/15/2008 - 2:32pm

Browns fan here. Nice piece. Way to go beyond the surface! Half of Browns fans won't want to hear it because they'd rather bench Anderson despite his 29 TDs last year. Edward's missing a chunk of training camp also contributed at least some to the problem so far.