Eric Wright is, at least for now, done as a starting cornerback for the Browns.
That alone is enough to make Clevelanders smile. If you've been watching Wright get burned repeatedly in coverage this season, you'd know why.
But that's not the real story. The real story is that 2010 first round pick Joe Haden is now starting in Wright's place. And if his performance Sunday against the Dolphins is any indication, he's going to be holding down that starting spot for years to come.
His lone interception of the day came on a badly-underthrown ball by Miami QB Chad Henne., but it was his fourth straight game with a pick. On top of that, Haden had a crucial break-up of a would-be Miami touchdown pass, three other denials and five tackles. And the tackles weren't cheapies. Two of them involved bringing down star Miami running back Ronnie Brown
Together with second-round pick T.J. Ward, the Browns have the beginnings of possibly the best young secondary in the NFL. Now the trick is to keep doing it until the end of the season. Haden had a chance to look good back in Florida, where he played his college ball for the Gators. Now he's got to do it in the often-brutal cold of Ohio in December.
"Now we have to enter the frozen tundra over the next month," Eric Mangini told The Plain Dealer. "I'll get him some foot warmers and stuff and hopefully he'll continue to play at the same level."