Eighteen games into his head coaching career Pat Shurmur continues to puzzle me. Here are five questions about which I am curious going into the Browns week three match-up against the Bills.
- Why does Owen Marecic start at fullback? Better yet, why does he even play on special teams? Through the first two games he has recorded zero receptions and has yet to be observed making a play-changing block. I have repeatedly seen him get beat and drop passes. Just think how much more Trent Richardson could do with a solid fullback (Lawrence Vickers, anyone? Raise your hand if you miss that guy.) I’m ready to see rookie Brad Smelley get a shot. At least he has shown that he can make plays by catching the ball. The Bills’ front four is top notch, so solid fullback play would be more than beneficial on Sunday.
- What’s up with the pre-snap penalties? Right guard Shawn Lauvao is to the Cleveland Browns what J.T. Shugarts, err Jeff Shugarts (as he now apparently prefers to be called) was to the Ohio State Buckeyes. While overall the right side of the offensive line has been playing well, Lauvao consistently manages to get called for a false start. However, even pro bowl left tackle Joe Thomas and veteran center Alex Mack have been called for one this season. Nothing is more frustrating for an offense than a pre-snap penalty.
- Where was linebacker LJ Fort against the Bengals on Sunday? After the undrafted rookie’s NFL debut against the Eagles in which he recorded both a sack and an interception, I thought he would begin to see more playing time, even with Scott Fugita returning to the line-up; however, that was not the case.