Yahoo! Sports Ranks Browns’ Backfield Dead Last in NFL

Even a superb end-of-season demolition of opposing defenses by running back Jerome Harrison could not save the Cleveland Browns from being ranked last in the NFL at the running back position. Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports did the rankings, and he makes a good point:

He [Harrison] rushed for 561 yards and five TDs over that stretch, including 286 yards in one game. However, that run came against Kansas City, Oakland and Jacksonville in meaningless games, so we’ll reserve final judgment for awhile. Hopefully, it’s real. More likely, it’s not and the Browns are stuck with a roster full of JAGs (that’s scout lingo for Just A Guy).

The Browns had a superb running game over the last few games of the season, but the team has yet to prove it can sustain such production for a full season. Rookie Montario Hardesty has been turning heads and impressing coaches, but it is only the beginning of July and he is just that – a rookie. Until Harrison proves he can be a force to be reckoned with over the course of a 16-game season, and until we see what kind of production guys like Hardesty, Peyton Hillis, and James Davis bring to the table, I too will try to remain cautiously optimistic.

Topics: Jerome Harrison, Montario Hardesty, Running Back, Yahoo Sports

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  • goincrazy

    It is amazing that everytime Jerome Harrison touches the ball he at least does something with it. Over the past few years this kid makes amazing plays and can actually run the ball. Yet, everyone is still skeptical?

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  • Raphy

    I think Jerome can be the man if given the opportunity. I also know that you need more than one back in this league so if Montario can be the guy as well than that makes us better. Between the two backs Montario has more of a physical presence and seems to have good hands. Harrison has the experience and quickness. I’m looking for our running game ( which will include Cribbs ) to turn some heads this year. GO BROWNS!!

  • haplefratz

    Well, considering it is YAHOO making this comment, I take it tongue in cheek. They might now halfway what they are talking about, but I wonder. Yahoo has enough trouble getting their own programs to work right, so lets just take their assement with a grain of salt

  • http://www.clevelandbrownsweblog.com Clayton

    This is a joke. Yes, Harrison ran down the stretch against some weak teams, but it is ludicrous to rank the Browns below the Eagles at the running back position. With Westbrook gone, Philly is counting on a guy (McCoy) who was a late second round draft pick in 2009; who has run for a total of less than 700 yards in his career; who has 4 touchdowns in the NFL; and who looked like my grandfather at times last season. Gimme a break.

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