First and Ten - The curious case of third-and-1
OCT 09, 2012 12:41p ET
1) I guess I’m in the minority of folks who was not outraged by Pat Shurmur’s decision to throw on third-and-1 from the Browns 25 with the Browns up seven in the second quarter against the Giants. Was it the best call in the Browns playbook? Probably not. But was it a call that could have worked? Yes, absolutely. In fact, Brandon Weeden’s indecision turned what should have been a quick drop and throw -- think Joe Montana dropping back and getting rid of the ball in about two seconds -- into a disaster.
2) Let’s go over the play, and this is my guesswork, not any inside information. But it seems logical.
The Browns lined up with Jordan Norwood in the slot and Josh Gordon outside. Chris Ogbonnaya was in the game, presumably for pass protection. Yes, I’m sure the Giants knew that too, and that might not have helped the cause. Greg Little was wide left: