PFW Browns correspondent Tony Grossi, the Browns' beat writer for The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, recently took time out to answer five questions about the club entering Week 13.
1. Much has been said about NT Ahtyba Rubin's fine season. Do you believe he has a shot at the Pro Bowl?
Grossi: He has played at a Pro Bowl level, but I don't believe he has enough name recognition yet to unseat the perennial star defensive tackles like Haloti Ngata and Casey Hampton. Throw in Richard Seymour and Terrence Knighton, and Rubin's got an uphill climb. I see him as a future Pro Bowl selection, however.
2. Assess the play of ex-Eagles ILB Chris Gocong and CB Sheldon Brown.
Grossi: Gocong has been solid in the running game and occasionally is put in positions to make plays in the sub defenses, as well. He's been most effective playing inside in the base defense. Brown has been beaten long a few times and has missed a few tackles, which has been unexpected. An injury to his neck, suffered in the Jets game, has affected his play of late, but he always answers the bell on Sundays.
3. The Browns finally got WR Carlton Mitchell a little more involved in the offense in Week 12. Will he get a few more opportunities in the final five regular-season games?
Grossi: We keep hearing about Mitchell having good practice weeks, so I would expect his opportunities to increase on game days. I haven't really seen him put in a position to take advantage of his size and speed yet.
4. If QB Jake Delhomme struggles in Week 13, do you think head coach Eric Mangini would consider replacing him with Seneca Wallace?
Grossi: If Delhomme continues to throw interceptions, I could see that happening. But I wouldn't expect it for anything but carelessness with the ball.
5. What sort of role can be expected for ex-Buccaneers S Sabby Piscitelli?
Grossi: Special teams.
Tony Grossi's work can be found in The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (Cleveland.com/browns). He can be followed on Twitter.com@TonyGrossi.