>>Capitalize on Jay Cutler’s risk-taking tendencies. There was no argument against sticking with Josh McCown as the Bears’ starting quarterback. After all, he was playing exceptionally well, setting up an obvious if-isn’t-broke-don’t-fix-it foundation for not making a change. But Cutler was the Bears’ starter before suffering an ankle injury that sidelined him the past four games. He has a much better arm than McCown. He also is much more of a risk-taker, constantly seeking to make the big throw even if it means squeezing the ball through tight coverage. The Browns must take advantage of that.
>>Run it! Run it! And run it some more! Thanks largely to a banged-up defense, the Bears rank dead-last in the NFL against the run. They routinely give up 100-yard rushing games. The Browns are near the bottom in the league in rushing offense, so this doesn’t necessarily mean they can expect to have a big day on the ground. But they need to make every effort to do so. They will never have a better chance to find success running the ball this season, and they must be persistent about trying to establish something effective along those lines. The offensive line and the backs need to accept this as a challenge that they can make the running game work, once and for all. There will never be a better chance to do so.
>> Hold up in coverage against Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. This is probably impossible, but it must happen if the Browns have a prayer of winning. Marshall and Jeffery make up the best receiving duo in the NFL, and there is no close second. They are big, fast, athletic, and capable of making acrobatic catches, especially near or beyond the goal line. The problem is that no opponent has enough depth in the secondary to match up with them. Haden might be able to contain one of them, but expecting
>>Make amends on special teams. The Browns have had a rough season in this department. Losing
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