After last week, I decided I wasn't being compensated as fairly as my (ahem) skills would indicate, so I held out this past weekend in a contract dispute like seemingly everybody else. In a related story, my family and I had a good time in Milwaukee except for the outcome of the Cubs game, and some thanks to the rest of the guys for filling in are very much in order.
Now that that's out of the way, I missed Saturday night's contest, so I don't have a whole lot to say about the game versus the Titans. And I have a feeling you guys are as sick of the preseason as I am, and with this being the fourth preseason game, the best chance to see the starters will be while they're wearing baseball caps on the sideline. And did I mention that game is tomorrow night? Let's hurry up and slog our way through the final preseason edition of PTMY...
What'd They Do Last Year: Finished 5-11, 3rd in the AFC North.
When Last We Met: The Bears beat the Browns on November 1st, 2009 by a score of 30-6, the third loss in what would be a seven-game losing streak and pushing Cleveland to 1-7 entering their bye week. Jay Cutler completed 17 of 30 passes for 225 yards and an interception. Matt Forte had 26 rushes for 90 yards and two scores. Charles Tillman returned an interception for a score and Robbie Gould kicked three field goals. The Browns completed 7 of 20 passes between Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn; Anderson ran in the team's lone touchdown.
I'm not going to go too in-depth on the players here; after all, we aren't going to see any of the ones that matter after the opening drive. So I probably won't be bringing up things like the Browns' five touchdowns on their first nine preseason possessions, nor their last game that resulted in four punts, a missed field goal and a Colt McCoy interception on the first team's six first half possessions.
And I'm not going to use this as an opportunity to point out Peyton Hillis is on the cover of Madden and go off on a Madden harangue. Although, I'd love to do that.
And I'd love to tell you all about how the Browns run a short-game, ball-control offense centered around the power basher Hillis and short throws to tight end Ben Watson and receivers Brian Robiskie, Joshua Cribbs and Greg Little. Not to mention their 4-3 with new defensive tackle Phil Taylor and rookie corner Buster Skrine.
The problem with all that is that none of it will be seen past the first ten plays, especially run by the players that matter.
Instead, final cuts are set to be on Saturday. We'll be seeing lots of players that could be seeing their last play in the navy and orange. So the parting question I'll leave you guys with: Who needs to show up to save their job the most? I'll take the easy answer away - phrase your response in the form of "No Chester Taylor" answers.
Regular PTMY will return as scheduled next Wednesday as... ahh... regular season football resumes.