Zombo Posted December 28, 2008 Report Share Posted December 28, 2008 Last year the Browns had a QB that threw 29 TD to 19 INTs, was only sacked 14 times and lost just two fumbles. But they didn't make the playoffs. This year the Steelers have a QB that has thrown just 17 TDs to 14 INTs, has been sacked 46 times and lost seven fumbles. But they're in the playoffs. The difference? Defense. It's what keeps the Steelers, and the Ravens for that matter, ahead of the Browns and Bengals every year. It's what has kept the Browns from putting together two decent seasons since they re-emerged in 1999, and it's what is going to get Romeo Crennel fired by Tuesday afternoon: lack of defense. The very thing he was hired to fix. But Romeo's going to win his last game. And it won't be because all of the sudden the Browns learned how to play defense in his last game. It'll be because: A leopard doesn't change his spots: Last year, the Steelers stumbled badly in December, losing key games in the battle for playoff positioning, but still had their spot sewn up by the last game ... against 4-11 Baltimore. Coach Tomlin decided to "rest" key players and got his ass handed to him by the Ravens and they were quickly dismissed in the playoffs by the Jaguars. This year, the Steelers stumbled again, losing home field advantage in a game against Tennessee in which they were badly outplayed, and now face ... 4-11 Cleveland. Does Coach Tomlin man up and take the Browns seriously to avoid flopping like they did the year before? Nope ... coaches don't change. The Steelers will give a half-assed effort again ... lose to a 4-11 team again ... and choke in their first playoff game again. That's what Tomlin does: Lose in December. And January. He's not going to change. It's who he is. Who wants it more? That what the second factor is ... who really wants this game? From an outside point of view, you have to say: It doesn’t mean anything to Pittsburgh; they've proven they don’t care about these types of games, they just want to stay healthy. But it doesn't matter to Cleveland either ... their coach is as good as gone, off-season bags are packed ... looks like maybe no one wants it. Well, I'll tell you who wants it: , quarterback of the Cleveland Browns. He was out of the league a few weeks ago, didn't know if he'd ever get another crack at the league. Average salary for backup QB in the NFL: about $1,300,000 Average starting salary for a Toledo grad with a degree in Business marketing? Let's say about $35,000. Think Bruce wants it? This is his one chance to prove he belongs in the NFL. This is better than any reality show: Suck ass and never be heard from again, or play well and latch on to a backup NFL job that could pay you a $1,000,000 + for 5 or ten years if you're lucky. I watched Gradkowski a lot in 2006, down here in southwest Florida, and I can tell you this: he has a live arm. He's also mobile. And the word "scrappy" is overused, but ... this guy is scrappy. And on Sunday, with everything on the line for one Bruce Gradkowski ...he will beat the Steelers and earn another shot at keeping that dream job that every kid that picks up a football dreams about: NFL QB. Bruce Gradkowski wants it. Lily Tomlin doesn't. It's that simple. Kansas City at Cincinnati 1PM I like the Thigpen kid. And the players want to see Herman Edwards stick around another year, so they're not going to mail it in, so I like the Chiefs. Bungles always lose when you expect them to win. It's their way. CHIEFS 23 BUNGLES 10 ****************************Zomboni Guarantee************************* Cleveland at Pittsburgh 1PM Gradkowski will play with fire, as will Jamal Lewis, who wants to prove one more time that he can take over a game. The defense will give Romeo a good effort, and for once that will be enough ... because the Steelers will mail it in. If Tomlin does somehow get the balls to play Big Gay Ben for any length of time, he will get drilled into the turf Old-School Turkey-Style. Once the Browns score on offense and the defense realizes it has a chance to beat the Steelers ... they will smell blood and run down Ben's Big Gay Ass. Or slow as phuck Leftwich. Either way, the Steelers will get punked, The Great Zomboni guarantees it. BROWNS 24 STEELERS 13 ****************************Zomboni Guarantee************************** Jacksonville at Baltimore 4:15 PM As much as I'd love to say the Jaguars D is going to rough up Joe Flacco and possibly derail the Ravens playoff chances, this isn't the Jags team of years past, and I just can't see the Ravens losing at home to a bad team with so much on the line. Actually this is still a tough pick, because if the Patriots lose at 1:00, then the Ravens are in, and then they will probably rest guys for next week's playoff game and give away this game. Still, I'll play favorites: Patriots win, so Ravens win.. RAVENS 17 JAGUARS 13 Zombo Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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