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    Droughns may end Browns' drought
    Running back needs to average 44 yards a game to pass 1,000

    By Sean McClelland
    Dayton Daily News

    BEREA — If only because of their names, Karim Abdul-Jabbar and Ben Gay are the most intriguing of all the running backs to carry a football for the Cleveland Browns in the past two decades.

    All have one thing in common: not a single 1,000-yard season.

    Yes, the franchise disappeared for three years. So it's really been "only" 16 actual seasons of futility — 16 seasons in which no Cleveland ballcarrier has managed to average at least 62.5 yards over 16 games.

    Mention this to Reuben Droughns, who is on pace to end the NFL's longest such drought, and a quizzical expression replaces his permanent smile, as if there must be some mistake, as if he's John Madden and the "Immaculate Reception" has just occurred.

    "I try not to worry about it," Droughns said of the historical trend he is on the verge of bucking. "If it comes, it comes. If it means we're winning, it means a lot. I would rather win than get 1,000."

    Hard to believe, really. Especially in Cleveland, where the tradition of running backs — Marion Motley, Jim Brown, Leroy Kelly, Greg Pruitt, Mike Pruitt — is perhaps unmatched. In training camp last summer, someone asked Brown about this phenomenon. He chuckled and said, "I don't know. A thousand yards isn't that hard."

    Since 1985, when Kevin Mack gained 1,104 and Earnest Byner 1,002, the Browns' leading rushers have been Mack (five times), William Green (twice), Leroy Hoard (twice), Lee Suggs, James Jackson, Travis Prentice, Terry Kirby, Eric Metcalf, Byner and "Touchdown Tommy" Vardell.

    Hoard got close with 890 yards in 1994. Green had 887 as a rookie in 2002 before he fell apart.

    Droughns, who powered a 20-14 victory Sunday over Tennessee with 116 yards on 20 carries, needs only to average 44 yards over the final eight games to reach 1,000. Nobody's ready to pop the champagne just yet.

    "You never know how the rest of the year's going to go," Browns coach Romeo Crennel cautioned. "I'm of the mind to wait and see how it goes."

    Once a benchmark, 1,000 yards in today's NFL is about as common as ice in winter. League leaders routinely amass 1,600 or more.

    The drought began under Marty Schottenheimer, then continued through the Bud Carson and Bill Belichick regimes. When the expansion Browns were born, Kirby became the feature back by default. Not until 2002 (Green) did the new Browns draft a running back in the first round. Third-rounders such as Prentice and Jackson contributed briefly but washed out over the long haul.

    Butch Davis potentially could have ended the drought by drafting either Clinton Portis or LaDainian Tomlinson. Alas, he passed on both.

    No stranger to this statistical strata, Droughns piled up 1,240 yards in Denver last season while still carrying the weight of a fullback. The Broncos, who churn out 1,000-yard backs as if they had an assembly line, were so impressed with Droughns that they traded him to Cleveland in March for middling defensive linemen Ebenezer Ekuban and Michael Myers.

    Crennel was asked if it was "mind-boggling" that a franchise could go this long without a 1,000-yard rusher. You know he wanted to say yes. He instead laughed and said, "I have no idea about that. I mean, hey, I wasn't here. A team is what it is."

    From HERE
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    The real Browns are in Baltimore, see?

  • #2
    I think he'll get it and I'm rooting for him all the way

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    • #3
      droughns can get all the yards he wants

      but he needs some TD's


      i personaly thinks he will get 1238 yards and 3 TD's

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Dawgfan
        Droughns may end Browns' drought
        Running back needs to average 44 yards a game to pass 1,000

        By Sean McClelland
        Dayton Daily News

        BEREA — If only because of their names, Karim Abdul-Jabbar and Ben Gay are the most intriguing of all the running backs to carry a football for the Cleveland Browns in the past two decades.

        All have one thing in common: not a single 1,000-yard season.

        Yes, the franchise disappeared for three years. So it's really been "only" 16 actual seasons of futility — 16 seasons in which no Cleveland ballcarrier has managed to average at least 62.5 yards over 16 games.

        Mention this to Reuben Droughns, who is on pace to end the NFL's longest such drought, and a quizzical expression replaces his permanent smile, as if there must be some mistake, as if he's John Madden and the "Immaculate Reception" has just occurred.

        "I try not to worry about it," Droughns said of the historical trend he is on the verge of bucking. "If it comes, it comes. If it means we're winning, it means a lot. I would rather win than get 1,000."

        Hard to believe, really. Especially in Cleveland, where the tradition of running backs — Marion Motley, Jim Brown, Leroy Kelly, Greg Pruitt, Mike Pruitt — is perhaps unmatched. In training camp last summer, someone asked Brown about this phenomenon. He chuckled and said, "I don't know. A thousand yards isn't that hard."

        Since 1985, when Kevin Mack gained 1,104 and Earnest Byner 1,002, the Browns' leading rushers have been Mack (five times), William Green (twice), Leroy Hoard (twice), Lee Suggs, James Jackson, Travis Prentice, Terry Kirby, Eric Metcalf, Byner and "Touchdown Tommy" Vardell.

        Hoard got close with 890 yards in 1994. Green had 887 as a rookie in 2002 before he fell apart.

        Droughns, who powered a 20-14 victory Sunday over Tennessee with 116 yards on 20 carries, needs only to average 44 yards over the final eight games to reach 1,000. Nobody's ready to pop the champagne just yet.

        "You never know how the rest of the year's going to go," Browns coach Romeo Crennel cautioned. "I'm of the mind to wait and see how it goes."

        Once a benchmark, 1,000 yards in today's NFL is about as common as ice in winter. League leaders routinely amass 1,600 or more.

        The drought began under Marty Schottenheimer, then continued through the Bud Carson and Bill Belichick regimes. When the expansion Browns were born, Kirby became the feature back by default. Not until 2002 (Green) did the new Browns draft a running back in the first round. Third-rounders such as Prentice and Jackson contributed briefly but washed out over the long haul.

        Butch Davis potentially could have ended the drought by drafting either Clinton Portis or LaDainian Tomlinson. Alas, he passed on both.

        No stranger to this statistical strata, Droughns piled up 1,240 yards in Denver last season while still carrying the weight of a fullback. The Broncos, who churn out 1,000-yard backs as if they had an assembly line, were so impressed with Droughns that they traded him to Cleveland in March for middling defensive linemen Ebenezer Ekuban and Michael Myers.

        Crennel was asked if it was "mind-boggling" that a franchise could go this long without a 1,000-yard rusher. You know he wanted to say yes. He instead laughed and said, "I have no idea about that. I mean, hey, I wasn't here. A team is what it is."

        From HERE
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        • #5
          Just think. Jake Plummer has as many rushing TD's in one play then the entire Cleveland football team the entire year!

          Hooray for pornstaches'......!!

          See Yuz.

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          • #6
            Yeah having a 1,000 yard rusher is nice to have and shouldn't be taken for granted. But as it has been mentioned above I'm sure you and the fan base would like to see him score more tds.
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            • #7
              I really hope he gets that, but I hope he gets more around 1,300 yds. and like mentioned above, more TD's. But he really deserves it.
              "It's better to die on your feet, than to live a lifetime on your knees." -Emiliano Zapata
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              • #8
                Well Droughns is

                He's the right man to get it done.
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                • #9
                  Congrats to Droughns for ending a 20 year drought in Cleveland!




                  I knew he would do it.

                  He had that great Denver RB schooling.

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