This week, we’re going Inside the Villain’s Venue with Steve DiMatteo of Dawg Pound Daily. Steve is Fansided’s go-to guy for all information on the Cleveland Browns.
The Browns are 5-9, but they can be a deadly bunch. They beat the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals earlier in the season. Let’s get to know this team a little better as we go Inside the Villain’s Venue with Dawg Pound Dailiy.
Predominantly Orange: The Broncos gave Brandon Weeden a look before last year’s draft. Do you think he’s the Browns’ QB of the future?
Dawg Pound Daily: Because of his age, Weeden can be the quarterback of the future, but only for a limited time. He has, at times, looked like he could be the answer for a few years, but the Browns must still look for prospects that can be groomed. For now, Weeden can be a stopgap option for a few seasons while the Browns look for a younger quarterback to groom.
PO: Trent Richardson, another rookie, is a top-15 running back right now. What makes him so difficult to stop?
DPD: Elusiveness isn’t his style, so he just beats you through pure strength. I’ve never seen anyone so hard to bring down – he carries defenders with him down the field. If he incorporates more moves into his game, he could be unstoppable.
PO: What are the Browns’ biggest strengths and biggest weaknesses?
DPD: The Browns are a strong defensive team – for the most part – when CB Joe Haden is on the field, but their biggest weakness continues to be an inability to put everything together for an entire game. Overall, they are not a bad team, but their youth is often their own worst enemy, as they are still trying to figure out what it takes to play consistently strong football.
PO: Do you think head coach Pat Shurmur is the guy that can finally revive this franchise?
DPD: Unfortunately, I don’t think he gets that chance. All signs point to him being let go at the end of the season.
PO: Finally, your prediction for Sunday’s game?
DPD: Peyton Manning is his usual robotic self and the Browns are reeling from their disappointing game against the Redskins last week. Broncos win, 24-13.