Browns Joe Haden has a pair!

Nov 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive back Joe Haden (23) runs an interception in for touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive back Joe Haden (23) runs an interception in for touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The sting of Sunday’s loss to the Bengals will likely radiate in our memories for some time. We watched the promising outlook for the 2013 season dissipate before our eyes and our focus now turns to the unfortunately improving Pittsburgh Steelers. Before we turn the page on this one, I would like to take a moment to acknowledge a personal and professional victory for the new Top Dawg in Cleveland.

Joe Haden swiped interceptions on back-to-back drives in the first quarter, Sunday at Cincinnati. The second of which he returned 29 yards for a touchdown. A touchdown that has eluded him throughout both his college and professional career. It has been a long time coming and I hope there are many more to come. Way to go, Joe!

Not only did he snatch a pair of picks, he also shut down one of the premier receivers in the league, again. AJ Green collected only two receptions for  seven yards, that’s right, seven total yards. Haden is quickly becoming known around the league as an elite cornerback, having won battles this year against Mike Wallace, Greg Jennings, Stevie Johnson, Calvin Johnson and twice against AJ Green. Over the six games against these combined receivers, Haden has limited the entire group to a total of 18 receptions and a whopping 160 yards. Let that sink in for a moment.  That is an average of only three catches and 27 yards per game against the best talent in the NFL.

So far this season, teams have worked diligently to avoid “Haden Island” as they have opted instead to target Buster Skrine and Chris Owens. Once a prime target for opposing quarterbacks, the much-improved, Buster Skrine is now consistently locking down the opposite side and Haden should continue to see more opportunities to increase his interception total as a result. We certainly need to add some depth to the roster in the secondary, but Haden and Skrine could be the best tandem we have seen in Cleveland since Hanford Dixon and Frank Minnifield. I will not go that far just yet, but it is sure fun to watch and the sky is the limit.


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  • jimfromkcj

    Until, Cleveland fans understand that football is a team game and no QB can win consistently without help from the rest of the team, they will be the whiners who whine because a QB doesn’t win by himself. The Browns are weak in their interior off line, they don’t have a very good running back and they have probably the worse set of wide receivers, with the exception of the Chiefs. And what is really sad is that your owner is probably a crook and a cheap one at that. With the best cap space in the league they had a chance at a pretty good guard in Moffitt and lied about him failing a physical, when the real reason was they wanted him to take a paycut. You also have Banner and Lombardi who seem to have no clue how to build a team. So set back and watch the three stooges run your team into the ground. Curly Lombardi, Moe Banner and Larry Haslam.

    • Backwoods

      Well Jim, most of that may very well be true, hopefully not all. Our owner has had some issues and we all sincerely hope that there is nothing more to it. A QB certainly does not win by himself, at least not very often, although I am sure Manning and Brady could probably claim a game or two of their own, but without some help on our O-Line, no QB will help much. I was excited about our running backs and receivers heading into the season, but yes, we certainly need to tend to both of those positions. As for the cap space, I will wait and see what they do this coming spring before I make any judgments regarding that. I personally would not spend money on players that I don’t feel would help in the long-term and that could very well be their outlook. I honestly don’t know the details in Moffitt’s case, if there is validity to your statement, we will likely never know for sure. As for the Three Stooges, well, if they run our team into the ground, none of us will be laughing. We have endured a great deal in Cleveland over the years and only time will tell how well Banner and Lombardi will work out. Hopefully we can achieve a turn around similar to the one the Chiefs have had this year and as a Cleveland fan, I can only hope for a better next year. Thank you.