There’s nothing like going in to the final game of the season against your arch nemesis with your third string quarterback at the helm. For the Cleveland Browns, that’s just what might happen on Sunday. Everyone, please give a warm ovation for Thaddeus “Thad” Lewis.
With Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy pretty much out, Lewis leads the Browns in to Heinz Field this Sunday. Through Thursday, Lewis has taken all of the first team snaps in practice and has sat on the practice squad for the whole season. The last live action for Lewis was in preseason against the Chicago Bears. He started that game and went 4/9 for 56 yards and an interception. In two preseason games, Lewis did not throw a touchdown pass.
At 6’2″ and 200 lbs, the former Duke Blue Devils player throws a tight spiral, but can be erratic when flustered. Now in his third year, Lewis should know the playbook inside and out. At a professional level, the only thing he knows is Pat Shurmur. Lewis played on the practice squad of the St. Louis Rams in 2010 while Shumur was there. Let’s hope Shurmur has not stunted the growth of Lewis too.
Last season, Lewis was on the 53 man roster and sat third on the quarterback depth chart. With the addition of Weeden this year, Lewis did not make the team. If there ever was a quarterback with no experience, Lewis would be it.
Let’s just forget the fact that the Pittsburgh Steelers have one of the top ranked defenses’ in all of football. Do the Browns have any shot at beating the black and yellow on Sunday? Maybe. It’s going to take a miracle game by Lewis and others to board the bus heading back home with a “W”.
I believe Sunday will really tell us how bad the coaching is. Lewis will be the third quarterback to run Shurmur’s horrid dink-and-dunk west coast offense. If we see the same play calling and same results, we will have further verification.
With a hope and a prayer, good luck to you Thaddeus, please bring home a winner.
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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