Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Colt McCoy is 2-1 as a starter in the National Football League, and his two wins have come against Tom Brady and Drew Brees. The Browns picked McCoy late in the 2010 NFL Draft as a potential quarterback of the future, but it looks like the future is now in Cleveland. After injuries knocked out both Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace, McCoy was thrust into the starting role. He lost to the Steelers in his first NFL start, but played admirably against one of the league’s best defenses. He’s rattled off two consecutive wins since and has to remain the starting quarterback going forward.
Cleveland decimated the heavily-favored Patriots in Week 9 behind a phenomenal effort by running back Peyton Hillis, who rushed for 184 touchdowns and two scores. Hillis certainly wasn’t a name that sold Cleveland Browns tickets coming into the season, as it was widely assumed that Jerome Harrison would be Cleveland’s primary ball carrier. Hillis came over from Denver in the Brady Quinn trade in the offseason and is on pace for nearly 1,300 yards on the ground as of Nov. 8.
McCoy didn’t dominate against New Orleans or New England, but he didn’t make the mistakes that one would expect of a rookie. The youngster completed 14 of his 19 attempts for 174 yards and no touchdowns or picks, good for a passer rating above 100, against the Pats. He also rushed for 20 yards and a touchdown. While the Browns probably aren’t going to contend for a playoff spot in 2010, it would be wise to keep McCoy as the starter even when Delhomme is healthy enough to play, as the former Longhorn has earned the opportunity to continue to start and the team should see if he’s a long-term answer at the position, something the franchise has lacked for a long time.
The Browns are a team that is gaining confidence with every passing week. “We know we can beat anybody,” Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs told the Associated Press after the game. “If you beat these supposedly best two teams in the league, it gives us confidence there isn’t one team in this league that we don’t think we can beat.”
“This sends a message that what happened last game against New Orleans was not a fluke,” left tackle Joe Thomas added. “We’re a good team. We’re starting to find our identity.”
The Browns brought in Mike Holmgren to rebuild this roster and he’s done a great job thus far, as the Browns are 3-5 and looking like a team on the rise in the AFC North. The Browns have climbed out of the cellar of the division and could continue to net victories if McCoy can keep playing like a poised veteran.
Cleveland has a tough matchup next week when they host the Jets, but have two winnable games after that when they head to Jacksonville and then come home for the Panthers. If Hillis can continue to run the ball well and McCoy ends up being a serious draft steal, the Browns could show themselves to be one of the AFC’s up-and-coming clubs.
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Cakes & Bakes: Caramelised onion sourdough loaf
Image by H is for Home via WordPress 4ho.me/2xC7tyH It’s still Sourdough September, and it was also GBBO‘s bread week, so today’s bake celebrates them both; I’ve made a caramelised onion sourdough loaf. The sweet caramelised onion is a wonderful addition – and you can intensify the flavour further with the substitution of onion salt (instead of ‘plain’) to the dough. I often find timing sourdough bread proofing stages challenging. So, although I specify rises in this recipe at room temperature, I sometimes have to put my loaf in the coldest room (believe me, it can get really chilly!) in the house for an overnight rise. Then, first thing next morning, I switch the oven on to pre-heat and get baking. This long, slow prove makes the taste of the loaf even more delicious! We’ve had this loaf as an accompaniment to a tomato pasta dish – it makes a great mopper-upper! The following day we had what was left with goats cheese and salad. Click here to save my caramelised onion sourdough recipe to Pinterest. Caramelised onion sourdough loaf 2017-09-14 11:27:49 Yields 1 Cook Time 40 min Cook Time 40 min For the caramelised onions 2 medium-sized red or brown onions, finely sliced knob of butter pinch of salt For the sourdough loaf 450g/1lb sourdough starter (100% hydration) 175ml/6⅛fl oz water 450g/1lb strong white flour 7g/¼ salt Add ingredients to shopping list If you don’t have Buy Me a Pie! app installed you’ll see the list with ingredients right after downloading it For the caramelised onions On a medium heat, cook off the onions in the knob of butter adding a pinch of salt. Allow to brown before setting aside to cool For the sourdough loaf Mix together the starter, water and salt Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the starter mixture Combine until everything is thoroughly mixed together and the dough begins to feel smooth Cover the mixing bowl and allow to sit for about an hour Fold the dough 8 times (8 single folds) Re-cover the mixing bowl and allow to sit for about 12 hours at room temperature or until the volume of dough doubles Turn out the dough out on to a lightly-floured work surface and stretch it out into a rectangle Spread the cooled caramelised onion mixture evenly on to the rectangle of dough With the short side facing you, fold the dough on to itself in four, equal lengths ensuring that the mixture runs throughout the dough Shape the filled dough into your preferred loaf shape (boule, batard, etc.) trying not to have any of the onion mixture poking through the top Place it into a well-floured (rice flour is preferred) proofing basket/banneton; cover and allow it to sit at room temperature for an hour or until doubled in size Preheat the oven to 260ºC/500ºF Once the dough is fully risen and the oven pre-heated, gently transfer the dough from the proofing basket to the baking tray, score the top of the loaf and bake at 260ºC/500ºF/Gas mark 10 for 10 minutes Turn the oven temperature down to 200ºC/400ºF/Gas mark 6 and bake for another 30 minutes Remove the loaf from the oven and put it on a wire rack to cool for at least an hour before slicing Print H is for Home Harbinger 4ho.me/JHEzz The post Cakes & Bakes: Caramelised onion sourdough loaf appeared first on H is for Home Harbinger. Related posts: Cakes & Bakes: Sourdough beer loaf Cakes & Bakes: Sourdough Focaccia Cakes & Bakes: Spelt sourdough
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