Each week, Vic Carucci, does a column on the Cleveland Browns, for the official site of the Cleveland Browns. I found it humorous this week when I read what he wrote about. Carucci is claiming, it is the quarterback that makes the receiver.
To some degree, I agree with that. I can recall some great NFL receivers, that helped make their quarterbacks too. Guys like the great Lynn Swann come to mind. Swan’s abilities, to go up and catch just about anything his quarterback threw his way, helped his Q.B. The guy was an amazing athlete. He clearly helped Bradshaw, become a better quarterback than he actually was. The Browns had some guys that could do the same through the years too. The first one that comes to mind for me is, Brian Brennan.
Brennan, who played for the Browns from 1984-1991, could catch just about any pass thrown his way. He was one of the best 3rd down receivers, the Browns ever had. He certainly helped make his quarterbacks, look good.
There was another guy that played right along side Brennan, his name was Ozzie Newsome. The Wizard of Oz, as they called him, grabbed a ton of passers while he played in Cleveland. Maybe Newsome doesn’t belong in this conversation, seeing how we are talking about receivers, the Wizard, was a tight End.
Mr. Carucci, is about to unknowingly open a can of worms in Cleveland. He may not realize, the Weeden fans, blame all the dropped passes last season for the team lack of success. I have yet to see a quarterback, run down the field and catch his own pass. On the other hand, Carucci would be dead wrong.
Near the end of last season, or should we say maybe midway through the season, Cleveland receivers were doing a great job trying to help Weeden look good. Carucci, may have forgotten the guys Weeden had making him look good at Oklahoma State too.
If Weeden would have thrown the ball a little better at times, both he and his receivers would have looked a lot better. He was either high or low at times, the receivers did what they could to help Weeden, without getting themselves killed.
Carucci should pay attention to what he is writing about. It is a two-way street. There are times when the receiver needs to help the quarterback look good, there are times when the quarterback makes the receiver. It works both ways. If Weeden is going to improve, he is going to have to cut down on the wild passes.
Some of his deep balls were way off the mark, and his short passes have missed, wide open guys. The Browns offense has to get better period. They have to find the end-zone, once in the red-zone. It would be great to do it with regularity. One thing Weeden has to work on is the touch pass into the corner of the end-zone. Nobody is going to look good if Weeden can’t find that touch pass.
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